Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" is one of the most successful musicals of all time. It is based on the classic romantic horror story set in the Paris Opera House in which a masked musician, living in the dark recesses of the vast building, commits murder in order to further the career of a young soprano with whom he is besotted. This ...Read MoreAndrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" is one of the most successful musicals of all time. It is based on the classic romantic horror story set in the Paris Opera House in which a masked musician, living in the dark recesses of the vast building, commits murder in order to further the career of a young soprano with whom he is besotted. This lavishly illustrated, definitive account traces the origins of the Phantom in truth and legend. Author George Perry relates how the novelist Gaston Leroux, on visiting the Opera House under construction, was so intrigued by the chilling atmosphere that he felt compelled to write what was to become a masterpiece of its day, the novel, "The Phantom of the Opera". Using archive illustrations, many previously unpublished, the secret areas of the Opera House that fired Leroux's imagination, are here revealed. In the triumphant staging of "The Phantom of the Opera", in London and on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber has developed the original story and previous interpretations into the ultimate theatrical experience. Through interviews with the main protagonists, George Perry sheds light on the complex production machinery of such a show, and pays tribute to the professionalism and creativity of the many people who have contributed to its remarkable success. The book includes the complete libretto and many colour photographs of the stage production, which have been especially commissioned.Read Less
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Wonderful full color illustrations and text all on glossy 8 1/2 X 11paper. Includes reviews of previous movies of the Phantom, photos of the play in the Paris Opera house and a review of the original story by Gaston Leroux. The complete Libretto of the original play is in the back of this book. Some of the pictures taken of the play are fuzzy, unlike the rest of the photos in the book. Over all, this book provides a good history of the story and all of its different versions.
May 10, 2008
This book explores the background story of the Phantom and the Opera House as well as the writing of the musical. It includes pictures from the London production at Her Majesty's Theatre. For those of us who thoroughly love the Phantom this is a must-read! Theater buffs would enjoy the stage effects, the costuming, and the make up as described and pictured in this volume. Good reading for phans and phans in the making!
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