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If you could cast the London production of Phantom of the Opera with performers of your choice, who would that be? Only catch: they cannot have been in Phantom before!
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operafantomet:

OOOOOOH. That’s a challenge. I have some names in mind, but there’s also roles where I’m completely blank. But I’ll try. 

PHANTOM: Alexander Hanson. No contest. 
CHRISTINE: Louise Fribo (LND is not POTO!!!)
RAOUL: David Thaxton (ditto) 
CARLOTTA: Kiera Duffy (curious what they saw in her for RAH) 
FIRMIN: No strong opinions 
ANDRÉ: No strong opinions 
MADAME GIRY: Vivien Parry (queen of ambiguous)
MEG GIRY: Sienna Kelly, possibly (if she’s a pointe dancer) 
PIANGI: No strong opinions 

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES! The trio would just be…wow!

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA dreamcast
the phantom - david hasselhoff
christine - susan boyle
raoul - peter kay
meg - rebecca black
carlotta - miley cyrus
piangi - arnold schwarzenegger
madame giry - dolly parton (not pictured)

operafantomet:

The 4 original Wishing dresses:

1a: Sarah Brightman’s dress has elaborate spiral couching on the velvet collar, faux vest and cuffs. In between there were large, white flowers. The bodice was very pinched in the waist, and the apron was fairly long. This is the onlu blue Wishing dress Sarah Brightman was depicted in during her West End run, and hence probably the only she wore.

1b: Maria Kesselman in Sarah Brightman’s Wishing dress. I’m not sure if she just borrowed this for the photoshoot, or if she actually wore this dress as an understudy for Sarah.

2a: Claire Moore in her alternate dress. It’s unique because it’s the only one with heavy and multiple velvet trims on the hem; four broad and one narrow one. Since this made the hem a bit lumpy and since it was probably time consuming to sew on, the experiment was not repeated. This dress had fairly heavy white appliqués on the faux vest, collar and cuffs.

2b: Maria Kesselman inherited Moore’s dress in 1987, when the latter became principal. Kesselman was still the understudy, and only functioned as an alternate in case of sickness.

3a: Claire Moore’s principal dress was of the same cut and style as the first one, but with different decorations. It looks like fine green stems with white and blue flowers criss-crossing the faux vest, and with larger appliqués on the collar. There’s also more trims around the faux vest, and there’s an undecorated field in the front center.

3b: Irén Bartók inherited Moore’s second dress when she joined Phantom.

4a: Rebecca Caine’s dress is hardly photographed, but the front is very recognizable by the dense and fine appliqués - it looks like white “fans” with blue berries or flowers. The neckline was also fairly rounded. 

4b: Shona Lindsay inherited Caine’s dress when she joined Phantom.

After this the UK dresses became pretty generic in the decorations, and they’re a lot harder to keep track on. The four original dresses were however easy to tell apart. I wonder if they’ve been re-decorated or if they’ve been… retired. I suspect Sarah Brightman has several of her costumes in her care. I know she has the slavegirl one, at least.

fdelopera:

operafantomet:

Peter Cousens and Shona Lindsay, West End 1997. 

Oh wow! This is a gorgeous picture. Peter Cousens was a phan favorite back in the mid-90s. A friend of mine saw him dozens of times during his run in London.Peter was the first Phantom I’m aware of who went down on one knee during the AIAOY Reprise after PONR. He received special permission from Hal Prince to incorporate the move into his performance. His rationale for the move was that Erik had witnessed Raoul go down on one knee after AIAOY and saw that it was effective then, and in his childlike understanding of human behavior, he thought it would be a way to connect with Christine. Of course, Christine was having none of it.

fdelopera:

operafantomet:

Peter Cousens and Shona Lindsay, West End 1997. 

Oh wow! This is a gorgeous picture. Peter Cousens was a phan favorite back in the mid-90s. A friend of mine saw him dozens of times during his run in London.

Peter was the first Phantom I’m aware of who went down on one knee during the AIAOY Reprise after PONR. He received special permission from Hal Prince to incorporate the move into his performance. His rationale for the move was that Erik had witnessed Raoul go down on one knee after AIAOY and saw that it was effective then, and in his childlike understanding of human behavior, he thought it would be a way to connect with Christine. Of course, Christine was having none of it.

courfeyracs:

Lisa-Anne Wood - Think of Me

She is perfection. Everyone else can go home. Seriously though, her aria is stunning.

poetraoul:

Phantom is lucky it’s such a popular show through word of mouth because their pr is dependent on bad photoshop and Sierra Boggess staying pretty

glassprism:

Irasema Terrazas performs ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’, from the last performance (January 14, 2001) of the Mexico production.

operafantomet:

“Last sunday we had our last performance with the great conductor Klaus Wilhelm. It has been so nice to work with him and I wish him all the best with Chicago!" (Lauri Brons on conductor Klaus Wilhelm’s last performance with Phantom der Oper) ( X )

operafantomet:

Last sunday we had our last performance with the great conductor Klaus Wilhelm. It has been so nice to work with him and I wish him all the best with Chicago!" (Lauri Brons on conductor Klaus Wilhelm’s last performance with Phantom der Oper) ( X )

carlmullaney:

Since it seems it has been deleted from youtube, I thought I’d post here the links to download A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder. It’s not the super HD boot, ‘just’ the one that used to be on youtube, from the beginning of the show’s run. So, welp, here you go. The files…

mysideofreality:

I get so excited when people send me asks, like you could literally just send me one that says pancakes and I’d be so flattered that you took the time to send me that