With a lyricist, a director, a designer, a producer and a composer now duly assembled, the central problem became the casting.
It was clear that Sarah Brightman would play the role which had been written for her alone, but who would play the man in the mask on whom the whole plot eventually depends? Lloyd Webber and Mackintosh made, at once, the most obvious and surprising of choices, and one of the joys of the Broadway Phantom is that it re-introduces to American audiences an actor whom the London theatre has been keeping to itself for the best part of the last 20 years. Though he comes of a long-line of cheery charmers who have also captivated Broadway—a line of stretching back through Robert Lindsay and Jim Dale to Tommy Steele—Crawford alone has established a supremacy in the London musical which corresponds, I guess, to the way that Ray Bolger was considered in New York.
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Jim Dale had already opened as Barnum on Broadway, and I was determined for London to do all the tricks he was up to and then add a few of my own, including a swing down a foot rope. Phantom of the Opera , the longest-running Broadway show in history, celebrates its 29th anniversary on January 26, Look back at the men who have donned the famous mask over the years.
Over the next five years, in London and on regional tours and television, Crawford turned Barnum into a marathon personal crusade for show business: like no other musical star in Britain, Crawford is a definition of the theatre at its most sentimental and its most courageous. Lucia, but after about six days there I heard about Phantom , and I was on the phone after that all the time; when the offer came in I knew I just had to do it for the contrast. In Barnum for five years, I gave everything I had to give physically, but in Phantom what you give is your soul.
After hearing just eight bars of that overture, I began to feel tingly. The surprise in the casting was, of course that Crawford, the most agile and contortionist of actors, should agree to freeze himself behind the vertical half-mask of the Phantom, but it was precisely that bravery of casting that gave the show its element of start surprise. The Phantom has more than its fair share of breath-taking theatrical moments, from the crashing of the chandelier through the masked ball marvelously choreographed by Gillian Lynne of Cats to the arrival at the candlelit underground lake, but what Lloyd Webber and Prince and Crawford have realized is that they alone are not enough.
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In the end, you have to care about the Phantom himself, for his is the music of the night. The Phantom of the Opera is essentially where the Frankenstein legend meets Citizen Kane , but it is also in some remarkable way a show about the purity of an impossible love, and what matters most about it, always apart from that soaring Lloyd Webber score, is that it puts a well-made plot back at center stage.
The book had returned to its rightful place and the music and lyrics. Blocking belongs on the stage, not on websites. Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
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