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Book Vs. Movie “Musicals in March”
The 1911 NovelThe Phantom of the Opera Vs the 2004 Joel Schumacher Film
The Margos close out “Musicals in March” with one of the most popular musicals of all time–The Phantom of the Opera. Originally created in 1911 by French journalist and bon vivant Gaston Leroux, the story is based on stories about the Paris Opera in the 1800s which include hauntings aplenty. His creation is about Phantom Erik (!) who is an “Opera Ghost” madly in love with soprano Christine.
The complicated tale of Christine, the “Angel of Music,” her childhood friend Raoul, a performance of Faust, and flooding in the basement of the Palais Garnier involves love, intrigue, some objectification, and imprisonment. The 1925 movie starring Lon Chaney just barely scratched the surface so we turn to the unofficial King of Musicals–Andrew Lloyd Weber who along with lyricist Charles Hart created one of the most successful productions in Broadway and West End history.
The 2004 film was directed by the late Joel Schumacher. It’s lush, gorgeous, and filled with talented actors.
So, between the original story and the 2014 musical adaptation–which did we prefer?
In this ep the Margos discuss:
- The author Gaston Leroux
- Paris in the early 20th Century
- The differences between the novella and musical
- The cast includes Gerard Butler (The Phantom,) Emmy Rossum (Christine,) Patrick Wilson (Raoul,) Minnie Driver (Carlotta,) Simon Callow (Gilles,) and Victor McGuire (Ubaldo.)
- Opening scene of the movie
- The Phantom of the Opera (the 2004 trailer)
- “I Remember Stranger…”
- “Why So Silent”
- “All I Ask of You”
- Carlotta sings
- Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber
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