Who knew he listened to so much Pink Floyd. We are also given the bonus of having the likes of Sarah Brightman, John Owen Jones, Anthony Warlow and Colm Wilkinson performing, Michael Crawford doesn't sing but it was still a pleasure to see him. Update: Several of our members have posted asking about the center channel on this release. It's a vivid, spectacular show full of the requisite sumptuous sets, costumes and damn good singing, and offers pretty much everything you could wish for from a musical. What a sensational birthday present! As an aside, do you remember The Little Mermaid? If you are a phan, then this film is a definite watch. Rather remarkably this concertized version performed inside the cavernous Royal Albert Hall manages to recreate a lot of the wonder of the original staged versions, despite the lack of a traditional proscenium stage and such additions as huge projections augmenting the performance. However, if you are curious to see what the heart of Phantom of the Opera is, I strongly encourage you to watch this production.
The orchestra give the score the powerful sweep it should have, a great thing in itself as it is one of those musicals where every song works. Phantom of the Opera at The Royal Albert Hall 25th Anniversary ups that oddness on two levels: first, the disc defaults to a standard Dolby Digital 2. The support cast is fantastic and made me all the more invested - fearing for them and laughing with them though I am disappointed by the lack of an audience response at the humorous bits but that's nitpicking. I always found Raoul in every performance to be fairly bland - he promises to protect Christine and shelter her. We've been told it would not come to Sydney, but it did although not in a proper theater. Their chemistry on stage is perfect as are their performances. Spoilers First and foremost the Phantom.
It's hard to review a title which is not really a movie. Some lines were changed ever so slightly but nothing noticeable or significant. The only one I really knew was Colm Wilkinson. Of course, you should own both this and the video recording in order to fully appreciate the performance. She will likely make you cry I teared up and quietly sobbed several times, delivered by a sterling young actress who can evoke these feelings with her voice and emotional energy.
The show is extremely well produced, including excellent coverage by multiple cameras for what was actually beamed into theaters worldwide, including several where Phantom was on the boards. Sierra and Ramin will make you believe you are witnessing something magical and special, because you are! The supporting performances were also very strong. Each one of them is good in its own experience. I guess we still have to wait that long to get an original copy of this special. Raoul is I agree more abrasive than usual, but Hadley Fraser still sings beautifully- especially in All I Ask of You- and doesn't forget to act. You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app.
His acting is great without being over the top, and you really feel for the character. I loved Fraser because he brings a new energy and charisma to the character. Her soprano voice is bright and lyrical with no breathy sound despite some of her breathing having a gasping quality , and I personally prefer her high notes to Sarah Brightman's finding them much clearer. From the production of Hannibal to Masquerade i was constantly amazed by the bright costumes and light to dark mood that it gave off allowing the viewers to see just how amazing or terrible it was becoming. Sir Andrew himself took center stage and thanked the audience and his crew, present and past.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most outrageously successful theater composers of his generation perhaps the most successful , but does that actually make him any good? The original London production was directed by Hal Prince. The show has won more than 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tony® and three Olivier® Awards in the West End. Andrew Lloyd Webber's the phantom of the opera: the most successful musical of all time is as timeless and haunting as ever in a sweeping breathtaking production. Well, it's big and it's flashy and it has that incredible set piece of the falling chandelier. I think he exaggerated his performance just a tiny bit, but at least he didn't have an emotional breakdown on stage. Nothing will beat seeing it live, but this production of the show comes awfully close and with the camera work you always have a great view. Wendy Ferguson and Wynne Go Compare Evans are very funny as the diva Carlotta and Piangi, the two Italian opera supremos who are the subjects of Phantom's rage and eventually driven to obedience.
The emotions are so raw and beautifully executed that it was impossible for me not to be moved. The staging and scenery is spectacular, with the doomed chandelier hanging above the audience and the on stage sets, especially the bridge leading to the Phantom's lair, featuring prominently. It was a very emotional moment. I quickly realized I had never seen this performance before. She is such a wonderful inspiration to all those aspiring to be stage actors and singers. In conclusion, amazing, if you love The Phantom of the Opera this is everything you could possibly want and more. I got excited and curious to see how this version would play out.
It can be strong, yet tender and also menacing. As in usual 'anniversary style', like the Les Miserables 25th concert, they bring back all the old Phantom's and stars who have performed over the years in various productions. After your purchase, you will receive an email with further information. Assuming one likes this musical and few don't , I believe this is the finest film presentation of all, far surpassing the big budget movie of a few years ago which I thought was pretty good. I should add that Michael Crawford made an appearance but was unable to sing anything but the last note of Music of the Night, which was done by the ensemble, because he is also performing Wizard of Oz and had to save his voice.
But aside from the dialogue, there is not much else to draw me to him. The cameras bring the viewer up close and personal to the happenings on stage. As we entered, we found out the reason for the very long running time. All the singers are trained operatic singers and in general are clearly more accomplished than what you will find in movie versions. He plays the role, and sings, marvelously.
This hauntingly creepy love triangle will grip your heart with an iron fist and won't let go. By far, my favorite couple performance. Secondly, as it's an opera, the actors and the crew perform live and you get most of their talent this way. I have not yet gotten the chance to see this show live but I have always loved the music. His make-up is genuinely hideous, and Music of the Night is really heartfelt.