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The Phantom of the Opera

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grabs your heart

    I’ve always LIKED Phantom rather as I like Cats. I felt it had some good songs and was a great show to attend, but I didn’t really want to sit and listen to it over and over. I’ve had the Original Cast Recording for 15 years and I doubt I’ve listened to it as many times. Maybe, I thought, the event really was the spectacle. The shows that I’m really passionate about (Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot) have characters that I can care deeply for. Before I get mugged by the army of “Phans”, let me confess that I’ve found that passion – here with the amazing Canadian Cast (which really means Rebecca Caine and Colm Wilkinson). I didn’t suspect that the ‘definitive’ recording was the reason I thought POTO a tad overrated. After all ALW wrote it to showcase Sarah Brightman (and I personally don’t have a problem with her) and Michael Crawford has a fine voice. I just felt no emotional attachment to anyone. It felt like watching a cartoon – no depth. When I found out that Wilkinson actually developed the role in workshop with the composer, was ALW’s first choice to play the part (but was already committed to Les Mis), and is the one performing “Music of the Night” on most of the “Best of Broadway”-type albums, I decided to give POTO another chance. All I can say is “WOW, so THAT’S what it’s all about”. Crawford’s voice may be more lyrical and technically perfect, but Wilkinson’s is far more powerful and expressive. It just grabs your heart. Erik is such a complex character, a boiling mixture of tender love, jealousy, generosity, possessiveness, rage, genius, hurt and self-loathing. With every note you know exactly what Colm’s Erik is feeling at that moment, and it always rings true emotionally. Unless you feel his deep hurt, you can’t sympathize with what it drives him to do. The point of the story is that Erik "had a heart that could have held the empire of the world.. but in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar”. Here is a Phantom that makes you believe that. “Music of the Night” is enthralling, “Point of No Return” captivating and the ending so poignant. Rebecca Caine has a lovely, clear voice and appears to effortlessly hit every note, a real joy to listen to. She is very believable both as a classically-trained singer and as an innocent who has some genuine affection for Erik as a mentor and father substitute. Byron Nease is pretty stiff as Raoul, but are we really supposed to care much about him anyway? I’ve only had this album for a month, but I’ve already played it far more than 15 times. I love it – a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was my FIRST introduction to the musical!

    This CD was my first introduction to the musical and to the FULL story for that matter! The only reason I bought this version instead of the Original London Cast was because I could afford to buy this version (at the time) and I haven't regreded buying this CD! Colm Wilkinson has a great voice for the stage and he was a great fit for the role of the phantom (even though I know several people who disagree with me) he hit the high notes and held them longer than I can hold my breath (I know that must seem a little pathetic)! Rebbeca Caine (Christine) has a crystal clear voice and she did a great job with both Colm (the Phantom) and Byron (Raoul) she did a great job! Byron Nease was an interesting choice for Raoul seeing that he sounds a little too heroic, don't get me wrong... he was great and I am always going to be the type of person who gives credit where credit is due! In the end this was my first incounter with these classic characters and their story and I thank them for doing such a wonderful job (THANK YOU SO MUCH)! P.S. The only thing that made me a little uneasy was the lack of emotion (after seeing the movie four times it's hard to match that kind of emotion), although I suppose that stage versions can't really afford too much emotion otherwise no one can hear them or understand them so I'm fine with the movie and the stage version!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is wonderful

    All of the verision of the Phantom of the Opera are great.

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    Posted November 11, 2008

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