Monday, 2 September 2013

Phantastic Time at the Opera

   The Phantom of the Opera is in town and we caught the second-last show. I've watched the musical on television and at the movies, but this is my first time watching it "live". I commented that it was a pity that it's held in such a modern venue as MBS' theatre. Little did I know what was in store. The story opened with an auction scene, selling off trinkets from the "old theatre". Not to spoil the fun, let's just say, I got my wish when the set transformed into the opulent Parisian Opera that I expected of this musical.
Pre-musical dinner at Ma Maison
   I shan't delve into the plot as I presume most of us would have an idea about it. It was the first time I realize that the scores of "Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You" are similar. Andrew Lloyd Webber's use of the same musical piece to contrast the obsession of the Phantom with Christine and the love of Raoul is a masterpiece; especially coupled with such heart-renting lyrics. Having been exposed to this musical numerous times, it was all I could do to keep myself from singing along.
Rare glimpse of the wifey in spectacles
Posing outside the Guggenheim-like facade of the MBS Theatre
   Sitting there, taking in the sight and music, I asked myself how a man, who has never felt love in his life, could claim that he loves another human being. Was it simply an obsession with possession? The dilemma that Christine had was excellently portrayed as well. How could the supposed promised (by her deceased father) "Angel of Music" turn out to be such a villain? Initially torn between her "Teacher" and her childhood sweetheart, it was a little disconcerting to see the quick decision Christine made to go with Raoul. Perhaps it's the short time we have in a musical.
   Nevertheless, it was indeed a "Phantastic" experience. Although I enjoyed the musical thoroughly, the icing on the cake certainly has to be watching it with the person dearest to me.


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