Just like there are multiple musicals I love that take place in NYC, there are multiple ones I love that take place in France. Phantom of the Opera is one of the most successful musicals. Now, why do I love that musical?
Phantom of the Opera has this interesting song list. They are a combo of both haunting and beautiful songs. After all, you are dealing with a love triangle with a lovely and beautiful couple and an “opera ghost”. So, what do you expect? I think it has one of the best opening songs- yes, I just said its overture is incredible and that overture drives you straight into the storyline even without the characters. You slowly are being immersed into the Opera house. “Think of Me”, “Angel of Music”, “All I Ask of You”, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, and “Music of the Night” are beautiful songs- however some songs in the show are haunting like “Phantom of the Opera”.
I have some unpopular opinions when it comes to them.
Christine- She is our protagonist and after seeing the tour in 2014, I found an emotional connection to her. I still do not know her that well, but I do love the character.
Raoul- Here’s what I can say. I love his relationship with Christine. They make one of my favorite couples in musical theatre. “All I Ask of You” is one of the most romantic songs I heard in the musical theatre world. A lot of the time, my opinion about a couple comes from their main song.
Phantom- I always felt bad for him, but do not understand the people who want him with Christine. He is the revengeful, destructive, and murderous (yes, he is capable of that- he was going to make Christine choose between being with him or killing Raoul). Where does this ending up with Phantom come from- he responds extremely poorly to the unrequited love and his entire situation.
The entire plot is basically a love triangle, but kind of fascinating in a way. It is full of mystery, suspense, and beauty. This is actually one of the strong love triangles and one of my favorites. There are different levels of complexity. The musical’s plot does not JUST focus on the love triangle, but that is the core of the show.
Christine might seem as if she is one-dimensional, but she is more complex- after all, she has her love for Raoul while still clearly dealing with the loss of her father and working at the theater as a dancer (the Phantom wants her to be the star so he pretends to be her “angel of music” that her father talks about). So if you think about it, Christine has more to her than just her love for Raoul. I still barely know Phantom, but still know Raoul is better for her.
Obviously since Phantom takes place at the Paris Opera house, you are going to need dance and spectacle. When I saw it at the Peace Center, I was in the orchestra-I was a few rows behind where the chandelier fell, and that particular scene is one of the best to actually witness and still one of the best act I closers . The costumes are extremely pretty and the spectacle of it.
Phantom of the Opera is just one of three musicals I love that takes place in France. I just love the hauntingly beautiful feeling of Phantom of the Opera. It is something unique about the musical.
Favorite Song: Music of the Night or All I Ask of You