GUYS! I am still psyched after watching The Phantom of the Opera and I cannot! Get! Over! It!
I don’t have a strong background on musicals — unless you count Pitch Perfect and The Greatest Showman — because I’ve always thought that it isn’t my kind of entertainment. The first stage musical I watched was a local production titled Bituing Walang Ningning, and I only got to see that because a friend had free tickets. Another friend convinced me (after months of trying) to listen to the entire Hamilton music on Spotify — and I loved it! Still, I refused to listen to another popular title, thinking that maybe Hamilton was the exception and not my new norm.
The other day, I found out that The Phantom of the Opera will be streamed on YouTube for FREE and will be available for 48 hours. Despite knowing next to nothing about this classic, I took a shot at 2 AM to see what the rave is all about. And OH EM GEE it did not disappoint.
- Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom was so good; his voice is so soothing as the Angel of Music. I was rooting for him and Christine all the way to the end even after he smashed the chandelier and murdered two innocent dudes haha
- I don’t like Raoul. I know TPOTO fans have their reasons to like him, but I just see him as a convenient love interest and nothing else. He fell in love with Christine when he watched her sing and remembered her as a childhood friend. (The Phantom saw this coming as mentioned in his rendition of All I Ask Of You: He was bound to love you when he heard you sing)
- Speaking of which, All I Ask Of You was my favorite, but now I’ll say Think of Me and Music of the Night are close contenders.
- I cried at the final moments of the play; it was just so heartbreaking.
- Did I say that the Phantom has ALL my sympathies? Raoul sucks.
- After the curtains closed and the casts were doing their bows, I got giddy when the Phantom carried Christine because awww you guys look cute together!
- I found out that Andrew Webber made a sequel called Love Never Dies, so of course I went to Wikipedia and read the plot. I still have mixed feelings about it.
- Still do not like Raoul in the sequel, though I’m not sure if I like the Phantom here as much as in the original.
If you haven’t seen TPOTO or wanted to relive its glory, their full performance at the Royal Albert Hall will be available until Sunday in Youtube. Watch it here. You’re welcome. 😉