Monthly Musical: The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the longest running show to date, opened on Broadway on January 26, 1988. Since then, the show has won seven Tony Awards and has been performed over 11,990 times! For those who are not able to attend the show live, a movie, created in 2004, is available. However, there’s nothing like seeing it live!
The musical opens at an auction house where the story of lot 666, a shattered chandelier, is told. It is said that the chandelier was involved in “the strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera, a mystery never fully explained.” The story then goes back in time to 1881 where opera rehearsal is taking place in the Paris Opera House. After an unfortunate event, the lead singer storms out and budding opera singer, Christine Daaé, takes her place. She eventually reveals that she has been taking voice lessons from The Angel of Music, also known as the Phantom. Throughout the story, the mysterious Phantom’s identity is revealed, Christine continues leading shows, and both the Phantom and the theatre’s new patron, Raoul, fall in love with Christine.
Overall, The Phantom of the Opera is definitely a show worth your time. The musical’s brilliant score, characters, and costumes have made it one of the most renowned shows in Broadway history. The Broadway show is still touring even twenty-eight years later and The Phantom of the Opera has opened doors for many modern musicals.