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The Phantom of the Opera
Richard Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber wrote the musical's book together. Stilgoe also provided additional lyrics. He was aiming for a romantic piece, and suggested Gaston Leroux 's book The Phantom of the Opera as a basis. They screened both the Lon Chaney and the Claude Rains motion picture versions, but neither saw any effective way to make the leap from film to stage. Later, in New York, Lloyd Webber found a second-hand copy of the original, long-out-of-print Leroux novel, which supplied the necessary inspiration to develop a musical: "I was actually writing something else at the time, and I realised that the reason I was hung up was because I was trying to write a major romantic story, and I had been trying to do that ever since I started my career.
Why Do Audiences Love This Show?
The Phantom of the Opera combines high-tech stagecraft with good old fashioned melodrama. Consider some of the elements featured in this musical:. Anytime something is immensely successful, a critical backlash is to be expected. Some might argue that The Phantom of the Opera is filled with gimmicky effects, flat characters, and sub-par trilling. As warranted as these criticisms might be, there is a component to this show that remains the secret of its phenomenal success.
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