I hope you all had the best January ever! I thought since the month of February is often associated as being the month of love because of Valentines Day I would start the month off with a review of one of my all-time favourite Theatre shows. This show itself was one of the first shows I ever had the opportunity of watching in the West End. In fact, it was my first ever Theatre experience. Due to this, it holds a special place in my heart.
The Story was originally written by Gaston Leroux and then adapted into a movie and a musical. The musical put together by Sir Andrew Llyod Webber. Phantom of the Opera is one of the worlds longest running musicals (very rightly so) it opened in London during the ’80s and is still as popular today as it was back then.
The story follows The Phantom of the Opera who haunts a Paris Theatre and lives underneath in what is described as a lair. As long as he is paid what he asks for by the Theatre owner he leaves them alone. But as the Theatre is taken over by new owners who do not wish to obey his every move things start to go wrong.
The Phantom has taken a young performer called Christine under his wing. But for him it is not just a teaching opportunity he is in love with her and wants her to fall in love with him, this is jeopardised as a former friend of hers comes back to see her. This results in a love triangle forming.
For me, some of the best moments of the show happen when you are lost in the power of the music. For me, the best bits of the show happens when Think of Me is sung and there are so many little things going on that you could so easily miss due to being lost in the sound of the music.
The Moral of the story/ The main themes:
There are many lessons that you can learn from the Phantom of the Opera one of the main stories that they put a lot of effort into portraying is that you can never force love. You cannot force someone to love you and that the love story between Phantom and Christine will never work as it is forced.
Another lesson taught through the show is to never judge someone by their appearance you never know the effect this could have on them. The Phantom suffers from a facial deformity which led to his parents throwing him out and abandoning him but despite this, he is extremely talented.
In my opinion, the music of Phantom of the Opera is some of Sir Andrew Llyod Webber’s best work and some of the most moving music found in the Theatre. The story is stand-alone and forever touches the hearts of those watching. Without being too cheesy it is a story that has a lesson for everyone, especially in today’s society the lessons taught throughout the show are just as needed as they were upon first being taught.
Have you watched Phantom of the opera? What were your thoughts?