Monday, August 1, 2016

100. Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera

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This work above is a collection of images from the logo of the 1986 musical, the 2004 soundtrack album cover and an image of a rose similar to the one which Christine dropped on the snowy floor upon
meeting Raoul at the roof deck, a scene near the end of the film.

The last time I did a tweak of an album cover based on a movie musical is from West Side Story, on the movie poster art by Saul Bass.

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical  with music by  Andrew Lloyd Webber  and lyrics by Charles Hart  with additions  from Richard
Stilgoe. Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe also wrote the musical's book together. Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston
Leroux,  its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano,  Christine Daaé,  who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured
musical genius. wikipedia

In 1984 Lloyd Webber contacted Cameron Mackintosh,  the co-producer of Cats and Song and Dance, to propose a new musical.  He was aiming for a romantic piece, and suggested Gaston Leroux's book
The Phantom of the Opera as a basis. They screened both the 1925 Lon Chaney and the 1943 Claude Rains motion picture versions, but neither saw an effective way to make the leap from film to stage.
Later,  in New York,  Lloyd Webber  found a second-hand  copy of the original,  long-out-of-print Leroux novel,  which supplied  the necessary  inspiration  to develop  a musical:  "I was actually  writing
something else at the time,  and I realized that the reason I was hung up was because I was trying to  write a major romantic story,  and I had been trying to do that ever since I started my career. Then
with the Phantomit was there!"

On the stage of the fictional Opéra Populaire in 1905, an auction of old theatrical props is underway. Lot 665, purchased by the elderly Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, is a papier-mâché music box in the
shape of a monkey.  He eyes it sadly,  noting that its details appear "exactly as she said". Lot 666 is a shattered chandelier that, the auctioneer explains,  has a connection to "the strange affair of the
Phantom of the Opera,  a mystery never fully explained".  As the chandelier is uncovered,  its lamps flicker to life and it magically  rises over the audience to its  original position in the rafters. As it
ascends, the years roll back and the Opéra returns to its 1880s grandeur. 

Photography by Alex Bailey. Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sony Music 2004.

In 2006,  The Phantom of the Opera won the RIAJ's  Japan Gold Disc Award  for "Best Soundtrack  Album  of the Year."  Chart-wise, the
album performed fairly well, reaching the top position of Billboard's soundtracks chart as well as the sixteenth position on the Top 200
chart. It was also certified  Platinum in  the US and Gold in the UK  and Greece.

"Learn  to  Be Lonely"  was written  for the film  by Andrew  Lloyd Webber  and
Charles Hart, recycling the melody of the deleted song "No One Would Listen,"
sung by  Gerard   Butler.  It was  nominated  for the  Academy  Award  for Best
Original Song  at the 77th Academy Awards  and the Golden Globe at the 62nd
Golden Globe Awards. wikipedia

(A) Prologue - Overture Think Of Me - Angel Of Music - Little Lotte/The Mirror (Angel Of Music) - The Phantom Of The Opera - The Music Of The Night -
I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It

(B) Magical Lasso - Notes/Prima Donna - Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh - Why Have You Brought Me Here/Raoul, I've Been ThereAll I Ask Of You - All I Ask Of You (Reprise)

(C) Entr'acte - Masquerade/Why So Silent - Notes/Twisted Every Way - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again - Wandering Child/Bravo, Monsieur

(D) The Point Of No Return  - Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer

"All I Ask of You" (movie clip) from Nelson Doroso on YouTube.