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The Phantom of the Opera

Osaka Currently playing a long-running production
at Osaka Shiki Theatre
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Introduction

The ultimate love story brought back to life with the beautiful melodies by the maestro of musicals,
Andrew Lloyd-Webber

Based on the original work by the French author, Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera is a beautiful and vivid portrayal of the tragic love between the Phantom, who lives deep underground beneath the Paris Opera House, and the young soprano Christine. In just a quarter of a century within its premiere in London’s West End on October 9, 1986, the show achieved the brilliant title of “the musical seen by more people than any other musical in the world”.
Today on Broadway, it continues to maintain its position as the longest-running musical, with the largest audience and the largest number of performances. The Phantom of the Opera is a show worthy of the title “a living legend.”

The Japanese production of the Phantom of the Opera opened in 1988, which is the same year as the premiere on Broadway. It became a social phenomenon soon after its opening and today, it ranks third in Japan for the total number of performances, after the musicals THE LION KING and Cats.

Dominating seven categories at the Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Phantom of the Opera is highly polished in every aspect, from plot and music to art and direction. But if the main reason for its resounding success had to be summed up in a few words, it would be that it is the masterpiece by the “modern day Mozart,” Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

He made smash hit musicals one after another, such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats and Evita, and came to be acknowledged as the rising star of that time. He spent two years breathing new life into the mystery novel which he happened to pick up at a book fair, and turned it into the ultimate love story for the modern times.
The Phantom of the Opera, transformed vividly through the eyes of the genius composer, continues to attract audiences all over the world.

Story

The Phantom of the Opera: A Tale of Tragic Love

It is the year 1905, on the stage of the Paris Opera House. Properties of the Opera House are being auctioned off. An elderly man in a wheelchair takes a music box in his hand.

Half a century earlier – the opera Hannibal is being rehearsed on the stage of the Opera House. But behind the magnificent stage, a series of mysterious incidents occur, allegedly caused by the Phantom of the Opera. Carlotta the Prima Donna gets upset at the managers of the Opera House for not being able to deal with the incidents, and says that she will not perform in the opera.

A chorus girl, Christine Daaé takes her role urgently.
Having received singing lessons from the “Angel of Music” who was sent from her dying father, she sings with a beautiful voice and the opera turns out to be a great success. In the audience, there is a young man watching Christine – it is Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny. He pays a visit to the dressing room of Christine, who is his childhood friend and has now blossomed into a beauty.

That night, Christine vanishes from her dressing room into thin air, when the “Angel of Music” appears before Christine and abducts her to his hideaway on a mystic lake beneath the Opera House.

The person who had been giving her singing lessons every night was the Phantom of the Opera. Calling himself the “Angel of Music,” his desire was to make his beloved Christine a Prima Donna and have her sing an opera composed by himself.

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