Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Phantom of the Opera on the Royal Albert Hall

 The longest running Broadway Musical of all time, Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera celebrates 25 years with a unique and spectacular production on one of the world's most legendary stages, the Royal Albert Hall, and the event was captured on film and is now available for you on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall marks the first time a live performance has been made available for home viewing--making it a must have for Phantom fans, like me!
Many of us know the basic story-line of The Phantom of the Opera, but if not or if you need a refresher, here is the synopsis from the press release I received:

Lurking beneath the glamour 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 ingenue Christine Daae and begins coaching her secretly, as a tragic romance unfolds between the unlikely pair. 

Here is the synopsis of this dazzling and spectacular rendition of this classic Broadway Musical, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, from the back of the Blu-ray case:

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera, Cameron Mackintosh produced a unique, spectacular staging of the musical on a scale which had never been seen before.  Inspired by the original staging by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne, this lavish, fully-staged production set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of London's legendary Royal Albert Hall features a cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guest appearances.

The Phantom of the Opera is my all time favorite Broadway musical, I like musicals in general, but I absolutely love The Phantom of the Opera. I have been able to watch the live production a few times over the years when it was at the Fox Theater in St Louis. The music is enchanting, the story-line intriguing. There are so many dramatic effects throughout that I have never gotten bored of watching it, on stage or on film. Seeing the re-creation of The Phantom of the Opera on the Royal Albert Hall stage is absolutely awe-inspiring for me, I only wish I had been there to see it in person, but at least on Blu-ray I can experience the "live" production over and over! They did a great job with the filming, allowing to almost feel like you are at the live show.

If you are fan of The Phantom of the Opera like I am, you will love seeing this amazing rendition, The Phantom of the Opera on the Royal Albert Hall on blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download or On Demand. 

Just a heads up for you "Phantom" fans, Andrew Lloyd Weber's spectacular follow-up to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies where the Phantom and Christine are reunited after 10 years apart in the turn-of-century New York City, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever this coming May!

Thank you to Think Jam for my samples used in this review, opinions are honest.  Review by Michelle.

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