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Those of you who have been following me for a few years now are probably aware that I am a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera. I fell in love with it ever since I first heard the musical in Mr. Hilinski’s music class back in 7th grade.

 

I have seen the Broadway musical three times and today was my forth live performance. I was anticipating this particular production because this was a newly revised production. I had thoughts going into this since I am such a fan and adored the original version so much.

I kept an open mind going into it however and now that I’ve seen it and can compare it to the original performances I have seen I feel I can give my honest opinion.

There were pros and cons….but far too many cons for my liking. I will list them both as they appeared in the show.

 

If you have never seen Phantom or want to be surprised about the changes, be aware that there are spoilers in this. Also know that this is going to be very in depth because I love this musical and will be speaking my mind.

 

My first concern might not have anything to do with the revised version, but it still bugged me. At the very beginning when the chandelier was already up in the air, covered with a tarp. I am used to it slowly rising up during the overture. I don’t think this was part of the new production though, rather limitation of space on the staging in this particular theater.

One effect I was anxious for was when the auctioneer announced “A little illumination, gentlemen!”  What normally follows is a loud crack of electricity as the chandelier lights up. This time there was no loud crack, the lights just fluttered and a few sparks shot out.  The loud sound gives me a rush of excitement to prepare me for the overture, but I got none. Again, not sure if this was just for this particular performance or not; but I was still disappointed.

The next part was actually pretty cool, but also led to my largest pet peeve regarding the new production. There was a large rotating platform used to change scenes such as Christine or the Manager’s office and the other side which was used for the underground pathway. At first they are standing on an open platform but slowly portions of the bricks came out forming a stairway to descend. This I really liked because it played into the engineering and magic that the Phantom developed to form his underground dwelling.

Here is why it also was a peev. What would you consider one of the most iconic and memorable parts of this performance? I would say the boat floating on mist, right? I was ready for the lit candles to rise from the mist and the two to come out on the boat. Well, it took them longer to carefully make their way down the stairs, so the boat was ALREADY waiting for them. No raised candles, they had maybe ten seconds at most on the boat that was already there. I was very disappointed as you can tell.

Music of the night, during the song Christine normally passes out due to seeing a exact replica of her in a wedding dress, in this she just up and passes out. No real reason, guess the Phantom’s singing was just that good.

Here is another part I disagree with. In the original production, when Christine wakes up, the Phantom is practicing his music with his mask on. Curiosity gets the best of her and she makes her way over and rips it off him sending the Opera Ghost into a rage. 

In this production, for what reason I cannot fathom, the Phantom took off his mask and was performing without it on. I guess he just forgot Christine was there or something so he was going commando. So instead of her ripping it off and him getting pissed, it was Christine tapping him on the shoulder and him flipping out.  Erik, have some common sense. If you are going to have guests, keep the damn mask on.

The next big change is also something I disagree with. When the ballet starts while they prepare Christine to take over for Carlotta, this is what the original production did. The ballerinas dances and near the end you see a silhouette of the Phantom every once in a while, they a life-sized dummy of Buquet is dropped looking like someone was thrown off the flies and killed. Very cool and awesome.

In THIS production, the rotating stage was half there so you saw the Phantom walk over to Buquet, throw the noose around his neck and casually back away letting the man hang there. The ballet dancers start screaming and freaking out a second after he’s already hanging there.  I didn’t like this, I felt it took away any chance of suspense or shock. It was all, ‘Oh look, the Phantom is killing Buquet.’

I know I keep on criticizing, but there are just so many changes that I do not agree with. Such as at the end of the first act, when the Phantom sings his line, the angel he is resting upon rises up, taking him with him to the flies where he could drop the chandelier.  This was a large angel statue so he sings his line and walks away. At the part where Christine takes her bow, he casually walks out from box five and says Go where the Chandelier drops.

This was also kind of cool though, because the chandelier was over the audience’s head so when it fell it stopped about fifteen feet over their heads. I am sure this must have been exciting for the patrons who were seated underneath.

Masquerade…Everyone remember Masquerade? Amazing animal costumes, a large glorious staircase, the Persian monkey with the cymbals who danced and play along with the music? Yeah, none of that is there. Look forward to a wall of mirrors with everyone dressed in the same masks and outfits. They took one of the most exhilarating and exciting parts of the musical and made it….BORING!

I think to myself, okay, the Phantom can’t make his dramatic descent down the stairs, but at least we still have his awesome red death costume. Well, he was wearing his normal mask, but at LEAST his suit was red in color….That’s a major improvement from the skull mask with a function mouth,  right?  

I am sorry, but when he disappears in a puff of smoke and appears again at the top of the stairwell, that is just so cool. However, due to them nixing the staircase that doesn’t happen. There isn’t even a trap door, he just makes some flames shoot out from the floor and he causally walks away while people run around screaming. Another fail for the NEW production.

Let’s take a break from the negativity and move on to something that was actually really cool. IN the part where Madam Giry tells the story of the Phantom to Raoul, they someone managed to have shadows of the events taking place appear on the wall before them. I thought that was a really clever effect and brought more life into the scene. So that was a nice alteration.

The next change that I noticed was the graveyard scene. I had my concerns when I saw the set, believe me. There was no mausoleum for the Phantom to be standing on to shoot fire at Raoul. I was like, oh God, please tell me there isn’t going to be a sword fight like in the movie.

The ghost had no sword on him or staff to shoot fire so I was curious as to where this was going. The sequence goes on and Erik is literally holding Christine’s arm while Raoul is screaming until finally the fop runs over and punches the Opera Ghost right in the face. I was like, well, this scene is f*cked. It’s going to be a brawl…..NO! The Phantom brushes of the punch and throws packs at the actor playing Raoul and they burst into fire and sparks! It was incredible; the Phantom kept throwing these explosive fire bombs at Raoul relentless as he screamed taunts at him. This was an incredible effect and I was really pleased with how well it was pulled off.

The set up for the Phantom’s Opera. Normally in this sequence, the Phantom’s voice moves around the theater until he finally pops out of Box Five and yells “ I’m here!”. Instead of the actor, it was another one of the shadow effects that misted away after the gun was fired. This was very cool also, I thought.

The final difference I noticed came at the very end. Those of you who have seen the show, know that at the end Erik covered himself in the armchair and is gone when his pursuers pull off his cloak. They did it very differently in here. The first thing I noticed was, no chair. Where is the chair he vanishes in. Then his pursuers come and Meg Giry runs over and grabs onto his shoulders as the Phantom has his back to the audience, still in his cloak. I think to myself, they aren’t going to kill him at the end…are they?

So then Meg backs away, pulling the cloak with her and when she does, she drops it. The Phantom is gone leaving nothing behind but the white mask. I have NO idea how he vanished where there was nothing for him to climb into or drop down, but the Phantom was GONE. 

So what are my final thoughts. The new effects were pretty cool and I must admit that the ones that worked really added a lot to the production. However, there were far TOO MANY changes that just ruined it for me. The removal of suspense of Buquet’s death, the toning down of Masquerade, the shortening of the boat on the lake and just the lack of common sense on the Phantom’s part of wearing his damn mask in the presence of Christine. I do prefer the original production and hope desperately that they will continue to provide the original while incorporating some of the new effects that I praised.

Fortunately for the 25th anniversary, a staged production was recorded and is available for purchase. It contains the original Phantom with all the glory and common sense I loved about it.  So at least I can watch that to help me forget everything that was wrong with this NEW production.

Now keep in mind, this is all my own person opinion and you should not allow it to sway your own judgments. I am sure there are plenty of people who might like the new production and its changes, but I simply had to speak my mind regarding it. Thanks for reading.

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If I feature this piece that was made for you on ALL-ART-4-EVER's home page for a few days, then might I be permitted to use it as my webcam? Your char' looks nearly exactly like mine, and I must say that I love this image

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gangyzgirl Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why you are even bothering to ask for permission. You ALREADY posted it up on your page as your webcam before I let you know if it was okay or not -__-  

 Syrena made this for me as a commission depicting a very important scene in one of my stories. I would only be okay with you using it if you made sure that people knew it was Syrena's art and also that it's my character. 
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Hmmm. Alrighty then.
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Thanks for all the art in the group.
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No prob 
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Ya know, a thought occurred to me just a few moments ago (the fact that it didn't occur sooner's a bit depressing, but, eh, what can you do?): Up until now, my…less than appealing comments regarding your Fic about your OC, KaNack, have largely been made under the assumption that you share the majority of your OC's personal views.  I'd like to apologize for that (Really though, I make that mistake a lot (granted, it tends to happen a lot in fan fiction with OC's, but still)). With that said, I'm curious:  Ignoring the most obvious topic of my past hostility, what do YOU, not KaNack, think of some of the things in Skyrim that've been otherwise discussed in our conversations?  Or some of the things that haven't been discussed (I actually tend to enjoy hearing other peoples opinions, even when I don't wind up agreeing with them)
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Thanks for the llama, now called Lilin. They'll have fun on my llama ranch! Take care of yours named Otto. :)
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