I've been meaning to rewatch the DVD of the Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary performance for weeks because I missed the songs of this musical. Finally I was able to do so last night and all the warm feelings about POTO came rushing back to me.
I realized it was already 5 years ago when I saw the musical at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). I was really drawn to the story, the characters, the music, the stage setup... just everything. I couldn't get enough of it. I remember I engrossed myself with watching the movie version, and even reading the book where it was based from (wherein I read more interactions between Christine and Erik). Watching the DVD that night made me realize how much I missed this musical.
Just during the start of the musical, when that iconic Overture was played and the chandelier came to light, I had giddy goosebumps.
|the majestic chandelier during the 25th anniversary performance of |
the Phantom of the Opera
|"Floating, falling sweet intoxication|
Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation"
Because the DVD version showed closed up shots of the actors, I was able to see their facial expressions very well for each of the scenes. There was this scene wherein I saw a tear streaming down Sierra Borgess' cheek. It was during the Music of the Night part. I was deeply moved. This just means the actors were so into the character that their emotions overwhelm them.
I have so much respect for these actors because it takes a lot of discipline to act in these musicals. Everything has to be perfect - from the singing to the acting. There's no room for mistakes: no take two, no retakes. And Ramin and Sierra flawlessly enacted their parts. I was so moved I needed to clap with the audience (note: I was watching it on my laptop).
Even though I knew what will happen, I was still moved during the part where Christine kissed the Phantom. I saw the initial shock on Erik's face, which immediately softened when the realization about Christine's decision sank in. He was deeply touched that he let her and Raoul go. Then, I literally teared up when Christine approached the Phantom to give back the ring, and the Phantom sang "I love you" to her one last time. 😭
|This was so heart-wrenching to watch.|
See below a performance of Sarah Brightman as Christine and Michael Crawford as the Phantom.
Crawford is so on-point as the Phantom. His voice is hauntingly beautiful.
My love for The Phantom of the Opera has officially been rekindled. 💗
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, by Kath R