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post #1 of 16 Old 06-13-2019, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Phantom of the Opera

Any POTO fans here? I had the opportunity to see it on Broadway two weeks ago, and I am blown away. The orchestra was amazing, Christine and the Phantom's voices cannot be described, and that overture killed me. I've been listening to the original cast recordings over and over, haha. I haven't read the book yet, but it's on my list.

If you're not a Phantom fan, any other musicals you like, or are you not a musical person?
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-13-2019, 03:03 PM
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It's my favorite musical ever. I was blessed to see it in London (along with Les Miserables the next night) and to see the touring show a couple of times.
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Originally Posted by SilverMaple View Post
It's my favorite musical ever. I was blessed to see it in London (along with Les Miserables the next night) and to see the touring show a couple of times.
Oooh, that must've been amazing. I will admit, I had listened to the recordings before and wasn't super amazed, but seeing it live completely changed my view on it. For instance....

THAT CHANDELIER DROP. I nearly fell off my seat. The fog in the boat scene. The heat from the flames. Spectacular.
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I have never been, but a life-long friend of mine has been their Publicist for some 25 years. He posted photos on FB with the new Christine yesterday.

My all-time favorite is Les Miserables. I saw it when it first came to Broadway in 1986 (?), with some of the London cast, and was blown away. Went with my H.S. marching band, and we were were all crying at the end - even the guys. I don't want to spoil it for you, but go if you can. It is very powerful.
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-13-2019, 03:49 PM
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Phantom of the Opera

Phantom if my absolute favorite musical of all time, then comes Les Mis (though my husband is more of a Les Mis fan. I saw Phantom for the first time on Broadway back in 2011, and will never forget that day. I want to see it again, but in London on the West End. Loved the 25th anniversary concert, and I did enjoy the original cast recordings as well. I have the 25th anniversary cast on my phone, and have the dvd.

As for musicals, I do enjoy musicals. Wicked was another one that I liked, but not on the same level as I do Phantom.

Iíve read the book; it is really different from the musical, but enjoyable nonetheless. The book comes off more as a horror/mystery.

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I've never seen Phantom of the Opera, but I would love to see more musicals in person. Last year I went with a friend's family to see Hamilton in Chicago (not the original cast). I had heard of Hamilton and my friend had played some of the music for me but I didn't really get it. I actually thought the concept sounded a bit silly, but I knew that I would enjoy visiting a new place and seeing a live performance regardless so I went.

I was absolutely floored by the performance. There is nothing like seeing a professional crew perform something like that. I was stunned by the way the floor moved and how the actors moved with it. I was crying by the end of a musical I thought I couldn't possibly be attached to.

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I was blessed to grow up on Long Island, a short train ride to Manhattan and Broadway.
I've seen many musicals in my years and loved each and everyone for what it was...
I was backstage for POTO, but actually never saw it from the audience.
Understudies were practicing the day I was there with a school group on a special was still a incredible experience.
So many years ago, probably close to when it first opened on Broadway.
A theater class in school had us visiting Broadway/Off-Broadway and local playhouses for behind the scenes tours and learning experiences about the industry..
Sweet part was getting to meet, greet and mingle with some of those stage names you see in marquee lights.

I think one of the musicals that still stays with me today is "Shenandoah."
The story of a family ripped apart from war between north and south with slavery entwined...
John Cullum was the lead male...
I was young, probably one of the first stage shows I saw and can really remember....and never forgot to this day years later.
I also liked CATS done in local playhouse for the simplistic sets and brilliant acting and song that made you use your imagination...
Today, so many shows are politically charged...
Today I go for entertainment, nothing more. A simple story line without "deep politics" involved I would rather see and enjoy.
Haven't seen many of the newer shows and actually have no desire with the story lines as I understand some are now.
I truly like some of the "real" older musicals era of Rogers & Hammerstein music and Andrew Lloyd Weber pre-POTO ....

I just aged myself...

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Iím not a massive fan of musicals but when I find one where the music and songs appeal then I love them - if that makes sense!
Phantom is one that does it for me, I wish I could have seen the Michael Crawford/Sarah Brightman show but I did finally get to see a really good production on Broadway a couple of years ago. It was wonderful.

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My mom saw those players, Michael Crawford for sure not positive about Sarah Brightman on Broadway... just before others took over...said it was amazing.
Mom loved theater and went to Broadway and saw nearly every new show at various playhouses if it lasted more than a few months...
I know she then saw POTO in London someplace and said it was amazing but no where near the same intensity as the original Broadway cast...
Sometimes it is the cast, but all those POTO shows, those in the know say are amazing voices and storytellers..

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We must have been in New York at the same time! I saw Phantom on Broadway 2.5 weeks ago. We also saw Wicked and Hamilton. They were all so different, I can't say what was my favorite. I loved them all. It was also my first time in NYC. The city was amazing, but I was ready to get back to my wide open spaces.
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