ThePhantom of the Opera The phantom, the director Schumacher made somechanging to the characters.
He chose Emmy Rossum as Christine as young woman toyoung woman in love.Emmy Rossumwas innocent, beautiful, and angelic with a voice to match. Patrick Wilson wasperfect as Raoul; handsome, and with a voice as smooth as silk. However, Ican’t say enough about Gerard Butler.
His emotional range is absolutely stunning. Not since Richard Burton or LarryOlivier in Richard III have I seen an actor who can encompass so many differentlevels on the turn of a dime: Murderous rage; intense sexuality and longing;incredible vulnerability. His voice was beautiful, sensuous, and the amazingthing was his singing matched every emotion he was feeling from highest tolowest. In the beginning we see a very confident, strong, domineeringindividual partial to strangling people when cornered, (not the mostsympathetic of individuals,) who nevertheless shows a sensitivity and sweetnessdespite all of his extremely fatal faults; that is, in the more than competenthands of Gerard Butler. His performance is so beautifully and deftly drawn thatgradually by the end of the film we see what’s been behind the mask all along:He’s just a lost little boy who never grew up. From the second act Schumacher says, his works that reallymade the film the lavish spectacle that it became the direction.
For themasquerade ball, he did it all black and white gold and silver. Schumacherwanted the film to be young, tragic, love story. However, he has actuallycreated something powerful in its own right, so I believe comparisons of stageshow to film are unreasonable.AndrewLloyd-Webber musical, is nothing short of a lavish treat for the eyes and ears,with amazing performances and acting from cast, including all the songs thatfans of the show will know and remember.
The 25th Anniversaryproduction stars the amazingly talented Iranian born Canadian Ramin Karimlooand Boggess incidentally are no strangers to the characters, having played thempreviously in the London production of the sequel to this show love never dies.Their chemistry on stage is perfect as are their performance.Raminis terrific as the phantom and injects emotion and passion into the showplaying the phantom as essentially a victim. With a voice that at times can bevengeful and deadly, yet soft and vulnerable at others. His delivery of theinsolent boy line near beginning strikes fear right around the Albert Hall. Iwould even go as far to say that he is the best phantom that I have watch sofar, but the 2004 movie version starring Gerard Butler he acting is greatwithout being over top, and you really feel for the character. Sierra Bogges isalso amazing displaying sensitivity, vulnerability, and sexuality allthroughout the show.
The performance was past of the Pointno return being a particular highlight. The two leads work very well to getterand make the show believable.There are also good supporting performancestoo. Hadley Frasers Raoul is dynamic and energetic without becoming tooirritating and makes quite a good match against the phantom in A Battle for Christine’s heart. Wendy Fergusonand wynne go compare Evans are very funny as the diva Carlotta and piangi. Thetwo Italian opera supremos who are the subjects of phantoms rage and eventuallydriven to obedience. Equally as funny and memorable are the opera housemanagers firming and André, played brilliantly by Barry James and Gareth snook,who camp it up and provide some additional comedy.The staging and scenery is spectacular, withthe doomed chandelier hanging above the audience and the on stage sets,especially the bridge leading to phantoms lair, featuring prominently.
Due tothe venue, they had to make a very slight chandelier scene at the end of thefirst part of the show. However, it is not a big deal and still has a greatimpact in my opinion. The performances throughout will leave you astounded anddefinitely not disappointed.
Because Andrew Lloyd Webbers the phantom of theopera. The most successful musical of all time is as timeless and haunting asever in sweeping breathtaking production. Well done to all the ones involved init