by Nathan Stout
Before you begin reading this, you have to go here and listen to this music as a soundtrack while you read (just shrink down the window).
Basically THAT bit of music is what sets off the feeling of the whole thing. That cheesy bit of over-the-top music.
Now before my man-card is revoked for reviewing a Broadway musical, understand that Phantom (with all its girly stuff aside) is fun, and so over-the-top that you can’t help but enjoy it.
In this extensive review I am mainly covering the musical, but I will touch on the non-musical adaptations.
Phantom of the Opera was originally a French novel by Gaston Leroux written in 1911. It has been made into several movies, TV productions, a musical, and spin-off book (and soon to be sequel Broadway show).
Let me sum the whole story up VERY QUICKLY:
Deformed man living in opera house falls in love with chick, kills people, finally captures the chick, gets a kiss, and decides it’s too ‘yucky’ and lets her go.
Ok, I might be GREATLY generalizing it but that’s basically the story. I am making the assumption that he thinks it’s ‘yucky’ but it’s pretty obvious. Although he seems to finally realize that he loves her enough to let her go, we all know that women just didn’t live up to his expectations.
Here is a rundown of the most of the well known versions of the movie adaptations:
- 1925 (most famous version with Lon Chaney)
- 1943 (Claude Rains Phantom version)
- 1962 (Hammer horror version)
- 1974 (Phantom of the Paradise, cheesy 70’s semi horror version ‘rock opera’)
- 1989 (Robert Englund version)
- 2004 (Joel Schumacher and Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘musical/movie’ version)
I am going to focus on the Broadway musical, and the Joel Schumacher version. I have now seen both the musical and the movie twice, and feel I have enough entertaining bits of info to make this review.
THIS…. IS…. PHAAAAATOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!