Falling in Love with the Phantom of the Opera
Iâ€™m not a big theatre fan, but ever since Iâ€™ve seen good productions when I moved here in Manila, I started to be amazed with this industry! Like â€œWhere have you been all my life!?â€ When I heard Phantom of the Opera is going to show in the Philippines I was ecstatic!
Can I just say, Iâ€™ve fallen for the characters. And when youâ€™re watching it, it just affects you in every way possible. Itâ€™s all about passion and unrequited love which Iâ€™m sure a lot of people can relate to.
"You alone can make my song take flight, It’s over now the music of the night"
I havenâ€™t seen any plays or movies of the Phantom of the Opera yet so I had the advantage of discovering the story on a very nice setting at the comforts of my city â€“ in CCP.
Yes, Iâ€™m a theatre noob and hearing about it, hearing about the songs and watching in live with the great actors was really something!
That last line was hard for me not to be emotionally involved. The build-up of the characters were timely as expected but in general, youâ€™d find yourself transported into their world. At least that was how it felt for me.
Stranger than you dreamt it, can you even bear to look, or dare to think of me?
Jonathan Roxmouth as the Phantom of the Opera
L-R: Guy Simpson â€“ Musical Supervisor, Dondi Ong as â€œPiangi,â€ Claire Lyon as â€œChristine,â€ Anthony Downing as â€œRaoul,â€ and Jonathan Roxmouth as â€œThe Phantom of the Operaâ€
The Orchestra and the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
I was also able to go to the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. It was great, and a good snap of the Phantom of the Opera through the songs, but seeing it in the actual set was amazing, with my favorite linesâ€¦
Close your eyes for your eyes will only tell the truth
And the truth isn’t what you want to see
In the dark it is easy to pretend
That the truth is what it ought to be
I’m here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you
Costumes, Set and Transition
Great costumes, great set. No fancy LCD screens shimmering to different backdrops. It was old school push and pull sets. I was impressed at the seemingly floating alley / bridge.
Complete with the Gondola scene, the music, and the acting â€“ it was perfect. Romantic! I thought it would be overly corny, I was very fond of the Chemistry between the actors. Even if we werenâ€™t seated right at front you could feel it.
And when they did the scene with them 3, and with this song:
Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime. Lead me, save me from my solitude. Say you’ll want me with you here beside you. Anywhere you go, lt me go too. Christine, that’s all I ask of…
Sighâ€¦ it was very hard for me to write this post without being emotionally involved all over again! I suggest you watch it yourself. Itâ€™s been selling quite good that they decided to extend it twice now until October 14 2012! I heard tickets are selling fast!
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