Phantom Of The Opera ~ 2012, Uk Tour
Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:19 AM
First of all, I went to see JOJ's last 2 performances in Edinburgh and just could not believe how superhumanly more than perfect his singing was. There is simply no one else who can sing like him, if I may say so.
I agree Olivia is very good. She acts with her heart. Several other POTO fans were commenting how good she was.
Katie's voice was as beautiful as ever, and Simon was a wonderful Raoul as always.
Finally, I was so glad to read the comment about Earl. I totally agree that his acting has something very special about it. It reaches somewhere quite deep in our hearts, doesn't it? He is a 1st class actor and should be more recognised.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:35 AM
Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:54 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:19 PM
What changes do you mean?
Could you explain why the plot makes more sense with them?
Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:34 AM
Earl Carpenter is an incredible Phantom. I never thought I'd enjoy him. I listened to some recordings of him and disliked his voice, but people always said to me "You need to see him to understand" which I thought was rubbish. Then I saw him. His acting is so incredible. His grasp on the character so good. His singing is different to other big Phantoms (JOJ being the obvious example) but then again, The Phantom's voice is supposed to be a "strange, sweet sound." In terms of the tour production, I actually preferred Earl to John (NEVER thought I'd say that) but I think Earl also had the benefit of coming into the tour when the company and director had decided exactly what they were doing so all he had to do was worry about his character.
There are some changes. The change to the end of Act I has been permanently implemented now (thankfully) which makes a better ending than it was originally (though still not as good as The Brilliant Original, obviously). The Music of the Night has been restaged and is much better. He really encourages her to concentrate on the beautiful things in life, which then involves him. He tries to turn her face away, but it is clear that something is going on between them. When she goes to take his mask off (blindfolded) the Phantom takes off her blindfold instead creating a wonderful juxtaposition. Also, he doesn't take her to bed in a rapey way anymore.
The biggest change was the ending. The very end is still the same but the bit just before is different:
Before she leaves with Raoul, she threw his music on the floor. Then after she's left, he starts picking it up and putting it in order whilst singing "Masquerade, paper faces on parade..." then she comes back and he sings "Christine I love you" to his music without realising she's stood behind him. She leaves the ring and leaves in silence without him noticing and as they sing "Say you'll share with me..." he turns around, notices the ring shouts "No!" and sings the final line. Then he puts his cape on, Meg comes in followed by the mob, she puts her hands on his shoulders, moves the cape and the cape just collapses to the floor with only the mask left inside.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:37 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:21 PM
Indeed given he's asking her to risk her life so he can catch the Phantom, when she' s clearly terrified, Its about time someone slapped him whether she's thought it through or going with her emotions. . Its there in the logic of the story and lyrics and its doable when you have a cast that can play the emotions. . It makes sense without knowing where the relationship will be by LND. The problem is that when you explore the ambiguity thats there, and do something different than before, and make a relationship more ambigous, you are always bound to lose some people along the way. Carry on slapping i say.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:15 AM
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