Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Phantom of the Opera

Artist: Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer), Colm Wilkinson (The Phantom) and Rebecca Caine (Christine)
Album: The Phantom of the Opera (Canadian Cast recording)
 Year: 1990
Length: minutes, seconds
Genre: Musical
Why I picked it up: Madly in love with the musical
Favourite tracks: The Phantom of the Opera (hurr), The Music of the Night, The Point of No Return, Think of Me
Purchases: Indigo  | Check your local music store!

About a month ago, I went to New York with my aunt and uncle. Despite the short length of the trip and the fact that I was sick for the whole thing, I had a fantastic time and cannot wait to return. One of the things i wanted to do was to go a Broadway show. I'm not particularly a fan of musicals but I do enjoy live performances and if you're in NYC, you better go to a show. We ended up deciding on Phantom because that it fit the budget I was willing to spend ;P The show turned out to be one of the major highlights of my trip. I was completely unfamiliar with the storyline and music, so I was able to be totally captured by the performance. The following may contain minor spoilers concerning the plot.

I am utterly blown away by the emotion that the actors/singers (is there a special term for someone who acts and sings  in a musical?) can convey solely through their voices. The best example of this is the final closing song (apologies if there are specific terms for these things, I know nothing about musicals), The Phantom's Lair - for example, Christine crying out for Raoul, the Phantom showing his true character (both the nasty side and the broken side), etc. While some may find such performances a little dramatic, I love them; I love being swept away in a good tale.

I chose the Canadian cast recording after listening to a number of different Phantoms on YouTube. Colm Wilkinson's voice definitely appealed to me the most - I think it's because he's more similar to the performer I saw in the musical. Makes me swoon every time (The Music of the Night <3 sigh!)

Honestly, I don't know what I can really say except - I loved the performance, I loved the story line, I loved the music, I loved the drama and excitement and tension of it all. There's something about live performances that just gets me every time. Even though I just listen to the recordings now, they can still recall for me the excitement of my first experience watching the performance live. I think, after listening to the music so much now, I will enjoy the show even more the next time I see (there will definitely be a next time!!).

Stay tuned for my thoughts on the novel!

1 comment:

  1. I’ve always love Phantom Of The Opera ! I have not seen the show, but it sounds amazing!