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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom Captivates

Category: Phantom of the Opera Reviews
Article Date: January 17, 2005 | Publication: HighSchoolJournalism.Org | Author: Era Dykhne

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No expenses were spared to reenact the timeless story of the Phantom of the Opera opening nationwide in theaters on Jan. 21. Ever since its debut on the stage of Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera has been a sensational hit. Fans of the Phantom should not be disappointed by the high budget movie version of the winner of seven Tony Awards.

The timeless tale focuses on a mysterious masked phantom stalking the renowned Paris Opera house during its golden age. The Phantom, played by Gerard Butler, is in love with the beautiful young opera singer Christine Daae, played by Emmy Rossum. Although Christine is drawn to the seductive stranger, she is shocked to discover that the Phantom’s mask conceals a hideous deformity. Christine finds herself torn between dark temptation and Raul her childhood sweetheart, played by Patrick Wilson.

The rendition of the famous musical which has been seen by more than 52 million people worldwide is performed entirely through song. Though the movie version does not feature the original cast who first made the roles famous, Rossum, Butler, and Wilson are very talented and have incredible voices. The cast of skilled but fairly unknown actors was directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Webber himself.

Opera trained Emmy Rossum delivers an exceptional performance and has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

For those interested in a breathtakingly gorgeous film with a talented cast, wielding angelic voices that will send your eyes and ears to heaven, see Phantom of the Opera.


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