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The Phantom of the Opera

For my birthday last week, I treated myself to the CDs containing the original (London) soundtrack of Phantom of the Opera
I've always enjoyed Andrew Lloyd-Webber's music (Senior Management still has the program we bought when we saw it in London, back in the 90s).

In 2004, shortly after we moved to the USA, we saw the movie version, featuring Gerard Butler as the Phantom. I remember feeling a little disappointed at the time, but we watched it again over the weekend, and I must say, I enjoyed it far more this time.

I do love a good musical, which is fortunate, since my daughters seem to like the phantom too - we're currently on about the tenth replay of the title song this morning. 

How about you?

Are you a Phantom fan?

Are you a Phantom of the Opera fan?

I love it
Not my cup of tea
I thougt it was just a book by that French bloke.
The Phantom of the what now?


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Apr. 22nd, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Back in 1988 I was very, very sick. Like, could have killed me sick, and no one knew how to treat it. I remember one day I felt like giving up, and a friend sent me the Phantom soundtrack. I cranked it up LOUD, and felt revitalized.

(Have you ever seen ALW's musical casting reality shows? They play the first few bars whenever he shows up, and host Graham Norton says things like "Does it do that when you flush the loo?")
Apr. 22nd, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the casting shows. i'll have to look them up on netflix :)
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Apr. 22nd, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
The Phaaaaantom of the MRI is there, inside your mind!

Apr. 22nd, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'd probably love it more --far more-- if my brother and then my parents hadn't completely and utterly swooned over it back in the day.

I'm the sort of person who tends to zag when everyone else says "zig"; I've never seen E.T. or Les Miz or Titanic, so you've got the idea.
Apr. 22nd, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. Too much hype can make something supposedly wonderful seem blah, when in fact it's somewhere inbetween (Avatar anyone?).

Mind you, I loved E.T. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)

I've never seen E.T. or Les Miz or Titanic,... me too, either!

My old Gran (no, wait. That's Jon's line),

Me ol' Mither use to say "when you die and they put up the picture of your footsteps, in the sands of time, there will be these millions, going along the shore. And along side, this set that keeps wandering (and wondering) in and out, in and out..."

Apr. 23rd, 2012 10:52 am (UTC)
Lol :)
Apr. 22nd, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)

I'm glad to see that at least one other, voted for the last option! :o)

My favOrite version is:

Apr. 23rd, 2012 10:54 am (UTC)
Good old Mr. P. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
A girl in a theater class I took back in like 2005 introduced me to Phantom of the Opera. She tried to teach me to sing it along with her. I finally watched the 2004 movie, and I fell in love. And then a few years after that, my dad took me to New York and I saw it on stage. I was slightly biased because I loved the movie, but I loved seeing it on stage, too. My father is not a Broadway/musical lover, at all, so the fact that he took me all the way to New York to see it was pretty awesome. Oh, and then he also bought a pre-signed Phantom cast poster and it took another year before I got it because he had it framed for my birthday.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
Sounds like someone's in line for a 'Best Dad Ever' mug :)
Apr. 23rd, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
OK, commenting because I'd need a specific vote just for me. I actually like Phantom, or I would if it didn't generate fanatics of the worst order. After having been tortured during my entire teenage life by a bunch of theater lunatics (who, at other times were almost normal, and who were my friends), I can now only listen to the Phantom in controlled circumstance, and am quite unable to see the play unless I have rocks to throw at the actors...
Apr. 23rd, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
So what you're saying is: 'One can have too much of a good thing', right ;)
Apr. 24th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Phantom is awesome! I first fell in love with it when I was in High School and read the novel (by Gaston Leroux). I forget who introduced me to the music, but I remember being so uplifted as I listened to it. And I vividly remember my parents showing me the silent film (with Lon Chaney) and having inspiration strike. I spent countless hours with two VCRs and a tape recorder/CD player splicing and recording and editing to get the music to match the silent film. ;-) I don't know what happened to the final product (maybe my parents still have it somewhere), but it was an adventure. =)

And I remember how disappointed I was when (after I had introduced them to the music), my parents took of to LA to watch the stage production without me. They brought me back a mask, but it was small consolation when they told me they got lucky and Michael Crawford had performed the role of the Phantom.

I was able to go to LA a year or so later and watch the production myself. It was awe inspiring (even without Michael Crawford).

Music such as this that uplifts and inspires will always have a special place in my heart.
Apr. 25th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
Your parents should have bought you a 'My mom and dad went to see the Phantom and all I got was this lousy t-shirt' souvenir ;)
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