From the movie, The Phantom of the Opera.
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DUBAI – The Phantom of the Opera recently made its UAE debut at Dubai Opera and set to take the country by storm as it continues its run until November 9.
Musical theatre enthusiasts and theatre first-timers will experience an incredible visual and auditory spectacular staged at the iconic architectural masterpiece that is Dubai Opera.
The Phantom of the Opera tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as the Phantom who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House.
Mesmerised by the talent and beauty of a young soprano, Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her.
Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.
Here are ten things you need to know about the world’s most popular musical.
The musical is partly based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. The gothic novel is inspired by historical events at Paris Opera House during the nineteenth century.
The debut of the first ever Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End on October 9, 1986, and it starred Michael Crawford as the Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine.
The Dubai production will see the lead role of The Phantom performed by Jonathan Roxmouth, one of musical theatre’s most exciting talents, alongside female protagonist Christine Daaé, portrayed by rising star Claire Lyon.
The original cast recording, with more than 40 million copies sold worldwide is the bestselling cast recording of all time and the production has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in London’s West End. Some of the thrilling music tracks such as “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Think of Me”, and “Music of the Night”.
The world-renowned musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber is comprised of 130 members of cast, crew, and orchestra. Each performance has 230 costumes designed by the late Maria Björnson, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines.
Since the show’s debut in 1986, Phantom of the Opera has been seen by 140 million people across 40 countries and 166 cities around the world, with an estimated gross of six billion dollars. The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including “Titanic”, “ET”, “Star Wars” and “Avatar”.
Since the novel was published in late March 1910, it’s been adapted multiple times, most notably the 1925 film depiction, and, of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical.
Broadway Entertainment Group is the world’s first theatrical distribution company to consolidate an international circuit through its network and bring quality entertainment into the markets of Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, North America, South and Central Asia. Chief Executive Officer, Liz Koops has produced shows internationally for over 20 years, and toured productions in 40 countries but there are few destinations in which the debut of a musical theatre classic has been so enthusiastically received as Dubai.
In the musical, the dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads, consisting of 35 beads to each string. It is three metres wide and weighs a massive one ton! During the musical, the controlled fall of the chandelier makes it look like it’s crashing into the stage!
For each run of The Phantom of the Opera show, there are a total of 164 wigs made fully from human hair. The wigs are rolled and put into the oven (yes, you read that correctly) for 24 hours. The treatment for each wig lasts for only one show! The hairpieces have a heavy renaissance feel, with the use of feathers and huge amounts of hairspray to maintain their colour and shine.
The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show on Broadway having celebrated an amazing 30 years in 2018.
Tickets are available to purchase from www.dubaiopera.com, all Virgin Megastores UAE, Platinum List, and through the Dubai Calendar app.
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