Probably one of the most popular and well-known adaptations of the novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera returns to Singapore, with 130 cast, crew and orchestra members, jaw-dropping scenery, breathtaking special effects, and more than 230 stunning costumes. The musical contains some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous and stirring music, including “The Music of the Night”, “All I Ask of You”, and the title song “The Phantom of the Opera”. Other songs from the musical include “The Point of No Return”, “Think of Me”, “Angel of Music”, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” and more.
The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of the mysterious, hideously disfigured Phantom who lives beneath the Paris Opera House, and his obsession with the young singer Christine. Disguised as the ‘Angel of Music’ he devotes himself to creating a new opera star in Christine, while exercising a reign of terror over the Opera House, until his rival in love, Raoul, appears, whom he seeks to win Christine from. Book and lyrics are by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart, and is directed by Harold Prince.
The musical runs from 16 July at the MasterCard® Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. More details at http://www.phantomoftheopera.com.sg/.
A little background
The Phantom of the Opera is based on Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, where its mystical labyrinth was greatly inspired by the architecture of the Paris Opéra designed by Charles Garnier, inclusive of the underground lake. The falling chandelier scene, was also probably inspired by the incident in 1896 when the counterweight of the auditorium fell during a performance, killing a member of the audience.
The story became famous in 1925 when the first Phantom film (silent), directed by Rupert Julian, starring Lon Chaney as the Phantom (Erik) was screened. Other film adaptations followed, as well as stage adaptations, but not as phenomenal as the musical version by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The original book had a more “logical” approach in telling the story but Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version keeps an air of magic and mystery in his interpretation, though he follows the novel quite closely. The musical was tailored to the then Mrs Webber’s (Sarah Brightman) talents.
It is noted how the characters tie in with the kind of songs they sing, like the Phantom’s driving power as the catalyst to all the action, and Christine’s many expressions in the many ways she sings many things, as reflective of her pivotal role between two different worlds.
One of the most impressive aspects of the production would be the sets and staging. The design of the stage was based on Victorian stage techniques and mechanics, which kept it to that 19th century feel and look to the musical. The spectacle produced was believed to be attributed to the vision and influence of Harold Prince, which won him his 16th Tony Award.
Lucky Draw Loan Promotion at 6 libraries (1-31 July 2013)
As part of our partnership, Base Entertainment Asia is kindly sponsoring 3 pairs of C Res tickets to be given away in a lucky draw contest.
Six libraries will be participating in this loan promotion – Bishan Public Library, Central Public Library, Cheng San Public Library, library@esplanade, Serangoon Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library.
What you need to do is to borrow 16 titles from the 6 participating libraries between 1st to 31st July 2013 and answer a simple question to stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show on Thursday, 22 August 2013, at 8pm. The closing date for submission is 31st July 2013. The draw will be conducted on 5th August. Check in-house at the libraries for more details on the lucky draw promotion.
Andrew Lloyd Webber by John Snelson (Call No.: English 782.14092 SNE-[ART])
Harold Prince: A Director’s Journey by Carol Ilson (Call No.: English 792.6023092 ILS-[ART])
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The phantom of the opera by Gaston Leroux (Call No.: English LER)
Highlights from The phantom of the Opera [sound recording] : the original London cast (Call No.: English 782.14 LLO)
Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall [videorecording] : the 25th anniversary celebration performance (Call No.: English 792.642 PHA -[ART])
The complete Phantom of the Opera by George Perry (Call No.: English 782.81 PER -[ART])
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The phantom of the opera (Call No.: English 782.14 LLO -[ART])
The Andrew Lloyd Webber anthology (Call No.: English 782.14 LLO -[ART])