Mar. 12, 2012 at 3:50pmThe Phantom Returns

For 25th Anniversary

Can you believe it's been 25 years since the "Phantom of the Opera" opened onstage in London?  

I love this story. It has everything-obsessive love, fabulous music and out-of-this-world drama. KSPS in Spokane will air the the performance at London's Royal Albert Hall on Friday, March 16 at 8p.m.

What an amazing show. I saw it for the first time in Denver in the 90s and again at a theatre in San Francisco. The “Phantom of the Opera” original cast recording album is still one of the biggest selling music titles of all time.

The “Phantom” first opened in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The musical is based on the French novel Le Fantome de l’Opera by Gaston Leroux. The music is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and most of the lyrics were written by Charles Hart. It opened on Broadway in 1988 and won a Tony Award for the Best Musical that year as well as Best Performance by an Actor in a musical for Michael Crawford.

I have to say I pretty much have committed it to memory at this point. I love the music, the melodrama, the love story of the obsessive, disfigured musical genius who hides away in the Paris Opera House. A young protégée named Christine is unwittingly trained by the monster who also terrorizes the opera company. There have been many movies made from the story but I don’t believe any of them does justice the way the stage production does.

I can’t wait to see it again.

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