Today for Broadway Tuesday I am going to review one of my favorite musicals I have ever seen: Phantom of the Opera. I have seen it live three times. I have watched it on youtube more than I can count. I have pretty much every lyric memorized by heart and I have watched the movie many times.For those of you who don't know, Phantom was written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is based on the 1911 novel written by Gaston Leroux. The title character is a musical genius who has a horribly disfigured face. he wears a mask and hides from the world underneath the Paris Opera house.
Christine Daae is a young woman who works at the Opera house as a ballet and chorus girl. She is vocally trained by the Phantom, whom she calls her "Angel of Music," but she never sees him.
The phantom becomes jealous when Christine starts spending time with her childhood sweetheart, Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny and the two begin to fall in love. Driven insane by jealously, the phantom kidnaps Christine Daae and takes her to his underground lair, hoping she will chose him over the handsome Raoul. He is not aware that Raoul is willing to go to great lengths to rescue his new fiancee from this "Opera Ghost."
I loved the songs in this musical from all the way from the dramatic "The Phantom of the Opera" to the sweet "All I Ask of You" to the haunting "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again."
My favorite performers in this were John Cudia as the phantom (But I also liked Hugh Panaro, Ramin Karimloo, and Gerard Butler). I liked Sierra Boggess as Christine and Sean McLaughlin and Hadley Frasier as Raoul.