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The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
What's left to be said about Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera a decade after its premiere? That it's maddeningly ubiquitous? A stitch-up of various themes shoplifted from the Italian operatic re... more »
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What's left to be said about Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera a decade after its premiere? That it's maddeningly ubiquitous? A stitch-up of various themes shoplifted from the Italian operatic repertoire? A critic-proof crowd pleaser that's probably being staged somewhere in the world as you read this? A megahit that will likely outlive Titanic in the pop-culture pantheon, Phantom has largely redefined--for better or worse--the manner in which modern musicals are conceived, staged, and marketed. Its influence has reached far beyond the traditional confines of London and Broadway. A favorite example: an abridged version that was the centerpiece of Los Angeles's longest-running transvestite revue, replete with 14-inch chandeliers and a man-playing-a-woman-playing-a-man in the title role. --Jerry McCulley
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Reviewed on 10/19/2009...
Just as I had remembered hearing it!
A Great Box Set!
Raven | 05/31/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this box set because I wanted to hear the original performers...I was not disappointed! The music is beautiful and clear and the performers are superb.
The packaging is nice and includes a libretto (a little booklet with all the lyrics and dialogue).
The only fault with this set is that Sarah Brightman's voice is hard to make out at times so you have to adjust the volume a bit.
What I like about this original cast recording compared to the soundtrack of the movie (which I also purchased) is that this set only contains the songs and not much dialogue.
All in all, I think this is a great addition for fans of musicals, or for anyone who wants to be swept away by the heavenly voice of Michael Crawford for an hour or two!"
Phantom is great
Song Lover | Florida | 06/18/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the full CD of Phantom of the Opera, original cast, and it is great. Have been enjoying it frequently. Two full CD's of all of the songs. Price was right!"