This is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest hit of them all. A timeless tale of candlelit romance between a pretty young singer and the mask-wearing serial killer who has been stalking her from his subterranean lair beneath a 19th-century Parisian opera house. The libretto, adapted from Gaston Leroux’s novel, is by Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber.
If you’re like about 130 million other people on the planet, there’s a good chance you have seen Phantom already. It is the longest-running show in Broadway history and has grossed more than $6 billion worldwide. Though this performance differs from Harold Prince’s classic original staging.
From Phantom of The Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011): In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Cameron Mackintosh produced a unique, spectacular staging of the musical on a scale which had never been seen before. Inspired by the original staging by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne, this lavish, fully-staged production set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall features a cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guest appearances.
Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, who had portrayed the Phantom and Christine in Lloyd Webber’s Phantom sequel Love Never Dies a year earlier, reunite in this production with good support from Hadley Fraser as Christine’s love interest Raoul and Wendy Ferguson as the demanding diva Carlotta.
Be sure to keep watching after the bows to enjoy as a lengthy encore featuring the show’s original West End and Broadway stars, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman.
If you would like to donate to a great cause, the production is requesting donations to www.actorsbenevolentfund.org.au
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