The ‘Phantom’ Turns 25!

Posted: October 10, 2011 by jerkmagblog in VAULT -- archives
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The longest running show on Broadway, the “Phantom of the Opera,” celebrated the 25th anniversary of its original London opening last weekend on October 1 and 2 with a performance of the show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. There were three performances, all of which sold out.

Original stars of the failed Phantom sequel, “Love Never Dies,” which closed in London this past August, Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess starred as the Phantom and Christine. Interestingly enough, the show began with a plug for the upcoming release of a taping of the Australian production of “Love Never Dies.”

The anniversary concert followed in the steps of “Les Miserables,” which held a similar concert last year for the show’s 25th anniversary. It’s only fitting for two of Broadway’s most epic shows to have an equally epic celebration for their anniversaries.

Although there are elements of the 25th anniversary show that differ from the original, the feeling and aura of the show is retained in this production. More importantly, it is a celebration of all that the show has done over the past 25 years.

For those of us that couldn’t make it to London, or afford the 200+ pound tickets (the exchange rate is not on our side, people), the show is being screened in theaters–but for four days only. The first three, including a live screening on October 2nd, have already passed. But, if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t fret–tickets are still available for the October 11 screening at Carousel Center.

For Phantom lovers like myself, the show is surely something you’ll want to watch again and again, and for the likeminded, you can preorder DVDs, Blu-Ray discs and CDs of the show now. They will be released November 14 in the U.K. (for those willing to pay the extra shipping) and February 7 in the U.S. If you have any love for Phantom at all, check it out. This sort of thing only comes around…well, once every 25 years.

-Diana Pearl

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