Phantom of the Opera has been made and remade so many times its almost its own subgenre. Everything from novels, plays, musicals, movies, songs, music videos, and even video games have the famous masked man as the main character. Maybe that's why it keeps getting trotted out every decade or so? Most of the time unfortunately you just get bland weirdness.
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If Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical "Phantom of the Opera" is a chestnut, Joel Schumacher's new film is a chestnut flamboyantly roasting on a backlot fire. Actually eight separate stages at the famous Pinewood Studios, outside London. Depending on one's Lloyd Webber tolerance level, and there are legions of diehard "phans," the lavish-looking movie will either feel like a gaudily wrapped Christmas present or evince Grinch-like disdain. Of course the phans have their own agenda, and while some are enthusiastic about the new-fangled "Phantom," other purists are still outraged that Michael Crawford, the star of the original Broadway production and now 62, does not play the lead. Everything about the Broadway musical, which has run since second only to "Cats" , has literally set the standard for over-the-top.
And now Mein Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen we have reached the end of the semester and the end of this class and therefor, the end of this blog. Even though this is not my favorite musical of all time, that special place in my heart is saved for Miss Saigon, I do enjoy the theatrics of it all. The show starts of with an auction of old props , and some elderly man called the Vicomte de Chagny purchases a monkey shaped music box.