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The Phantom of the Opera (musical)

musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe wrote the book. Charles Hart and Stilgoe wrote the lyrics. Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the music. The musical is based on the 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.

The Phantom of the Opera
Her Majestys Theatre - Haymarket, London - The Phantom of the Opera (6438904139).jpg
Her Majesty's Theatre
MusicAndrew Lloyd Webber
LyricsCharles Hart
Richard Stilgoe
BookAndrew Lloyd Webber
Richard Stilgoe
BasisThe Phantom of the Opera, a 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux
ProductionsWest End, 1986
Broadway, 1988
Movie, 2004
AwardsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Musical (1986)
Tony Award for Best Musical (1988)

West End and Broadway premieresEdit

Phantom opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End on 9 October 1986. Michael Crawford played the Phantom, Sarah Brightman played Christine, and Steve Barton played Raoul.

The musical opened on Broadway on 26 January 1988 at the Majestic Theatre. Crawford, Brightman, and Barton played their West End roles in the Broadway production.

Main rolesEdit

  • The Phantom of the Opera, a disfigured man
  • Christine Daaé, a young opera singer
  • Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, her lover

StoryEdit

The story is about a strange man who lives in a sewer beneath the opera house in Paris. Obsessed with a young singer, he terrorizes everyone at the opera in an effort to make her a star.

AwardsEdit

The musical won many awards, including the 1986 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical. Michael Crawford won the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.

AdaptationsEdit

The musical was made into a movie with the same name in 2004. It stars Gerard Butler as the Phantom, Emmy Rossum as Christine, and Patrick Wilson as Raoul.