December 6, 2011

The Phantom Of The Opera Lives!

If anyone has dome anything to bring the name of horror firmly into the mainstream it would be Andrew Lloyd Webber with his musical, The Phantom of the Opera. It may not be horror in the sense of the classic movies, but at its core it is still a horror story come to life. Now fans of the musical will be able to get their hands on the Blu-ray or DVD of the show that marked the 25th anniversary of the Broadway smash. Filmed at the Royal Albert Hall on October 2nd 2011, this special release will street on February 7th from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

I have included the trailer for the UK edition below.

The Longest-Running Broadway Musical of All Time Celebrates 25 years of Romance with a Spectacular Live Production on One of the World’s Most Legendary Stages

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience Available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand from
Universal Studios Home Entertainment on February 7, 2012

Broadway’s longest-running production of all time celebrates a triumphant quarter century on stage with The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, coming to Blu-rayTM – with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound- DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on February 7, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  On October 2, 2011, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh marked the 25th anniversary of their beloved musical extravaganza, “The Phantom of the Opera,” with a lavishly staged production at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall that was beamed live via satellite to cinemas across the globe. The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall marks the first time a live performance of the blockbuster musical has been made available for home viewing, making it a must-have anniversary release for fans everywhere.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall stars Ramin Karimloo (2011 Olivier Award nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for “Love Never Dies”) as the lovestruck Phantom and Sierra Boggess (2011 Olivier Award nominee for Best Actress in a Musical for “Love Never Dies”) as the beautiful and gifted soprano Christine.  The show also features Barry James, Gareth Snook, Liz Robertson and Wynne Evans, as well as special guest appearances from the actors who originated the roles of The Phantom and Christine, Tony® Award winner Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, in a memorable final curtain call.

“Phantom” aficionados will also be thrilled to know that “Love Never Dies,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacular follow-up musical will also arrive on Blu-rayTM and DVD for the first time on February 7.  With lush visuals and a mesmerizing score that rivals the original in power and beauty, this live production of “Love Never Dies” finds Christine and the Phantom reunited in turn-of-the-century New York City after a decade apart.

“The Phantom of the Opera” premiered at Her Majesty's Theatre in London on October 9, 1986. It has won more than 60 major theatre awards, including seven Tony® Awards and three Olivier Awards, and became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance.   “The Phantom of the Opera” has grossed over $5.6 billion worldwide and been seen in 145 cities in 27 countriesLive productions of “The Phantom of the Opera” are currently playing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto.

·         The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
o      “Getting Past the Point of No Return:” A behind-the-scenes “Making Of” feature starring the cast and crew.
·         Love Never Dies
o      “Making Of” Featurette:  Take a look behind the scenes at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s breathtaking sequel.

Lurking beneath the glamor and spectacle of the Paris Opera House, the horribly disfigured Phantom, once a promising musician, now terrorizes the opera company.  Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the Phantom is drawn to the beautiful ingénue Christine Daaé and begins coaching her secretly, as a tragic romance unfolds between the unlikely pair. This dazzling live restaging of the original production recreates the jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects of the original, set to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s haunting score.

The year is 1907. It is 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House.  He has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak-shows of Coney Island. In this new electrically-charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love - Christine Daaé. Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine is struggling in an ailing marriage to Raoul. So, it is with excitement she accepts an invitation to travel to New York and perform at a renowned opera house. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan, to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them.

Cast:  Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Hadley Fraser, Barry James, Wendy Ferguson, Gareth Snook, Liz Robertson, Wynne Evans, Sergei Polunin
Producer:  Cameron Mackintosh
Music by:  Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by:  Charles Hart
Book by:  Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on the novel:  Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux
Additional lyrics by: Richard Stilgoe
Film Directed by:  Nick Morris
Stage Production Directed by:  Laurence Connor based on the original London Production directed by Hal Prince
Musical Staging and Choreography: Gillian Lynne
Lighting:  Patrick Woodroffe and Andrew Bridge
Sound:  Mick Potter
Set Design:  Matt Kinley, inspired by Maria Björnson’s original design for the stage

Cast:  Ben Lewis, Anna O’Byrne, Maria Mercedes, Simon Gleeson, Sharon Millerchip, Emma J Hawkins, Paul Tabone, Dean Vince
Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics & Book:  Glenn Slater
Book:  Ben Elton, Frederick Forsyth
Additional Lyrics:  Charles Hart
Director:  Simon Phillips
Choreographer:  Graeme Murphy AM
Set & Costume Designer:  Gabriela Tylesova
Lighting Designer:  Nick Schlieper
Musical Supervisor:  Guy Simpson

1 comment:

Phantom Of The Opera said...

I have not seen the show, but it sounds amazing!