Another famous composer in musical theatre is Andrew Lloyd Webber. At the moment, I only fell in love with two of his musicals, which are Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Phantom of the Opera. True, I saw Cats before, but I forgot what my opinion was, but I do love some of its songs. So, what is my favorite musical of his?
Phantom of the Opera
It was actually my mom who recommended this musical to me, and I fell in love with it initially by the songs. As a matter of fact, I even have some unpopular opinions in the musical. Why do I love Phantom of the Opera? It is such a hauntingly beautiful show. So mysterious and angelic. I actually love Christine and Raoul as characters and as a couple- they are so adorable and romantic together, as expressed in “All I Ask of You”. I want Phantom with the unrequited love- he may respond very very poorly to it, but it makes the love triangle very mysterious, and it is an unique fact about it.
Romance does show up in two forms in musicals. Either they show up through an individual couple or happen by a love triangle. A love triangle forms when three people are involved—-so someone gets unrequited love, a heartbreaking situation to end up in. Some of those love triangles are weak whiles others are strong. So, what are some of my favorite love triangles?
This love triangle in found in the musical, Phantom of the Opera. It actually is the prime focus of the musical. Christine and Raoul are the couple while The Phantom has the unrequited love. The Phantom responds poorly to unrequited love- acts in revenge and doesn’t accept it. At least Raoul treats Christine better- they deserve to be together.
It is a mysterious and angelic love triangle. “All I Ask of You” is one of the most beautiful love songs in musical theatre.
This trio is found in Les Misérables, and one of my favorite subplots. Marius and Cosette are such an adorable couple and bring hope to the story—-by the way, Marius is actually my favorite survivor in Les Mis. Cosette is supposed to represent hope and light, and Marius is kind, compassionate, and loving. By the way, he is a good friend to Eponine and is worried about (I think that was why he sent her away from the barricade and why he asked why she came back).
Eponine is meant to have the unrequited love, and Marius is the light of her life. She has one of the BEST stories of unrequited love in musical theatre. The way she responds to it is incredible- she accepts it, and risks her life several times for Marius. That explains why she even goes to the barricades- to make sure he is safe- she doesn’t mind sacrificing her life her him. True, her death is heartbreaking in more ways than one- first she is dying and he is devastated, but at least she is happy due to being in the arms of Marius (“A Little Fall of Rain” is such a touching and moving scene).
These three make up my favorite love triangle, which is found in Wicked. First, it is the first one I emotionally bonded to—meaning I first became aware of the concept due to it. Second- my favorite musical theatre character is a part of it. Third- the level of complexity it is. Of ALL love triangles in musical theatre I have come across, Wicked has the most complex one.
Explain the unrequited love situation——-not easy to do. Elphaba originally has unrequited love for Fiyero (“I’m Not That Girl”). But there were clues prior to the scene that maybe Fiyero has a crush on her- look carefully at the Lion Cub Scene and the scenes that follow “I’m Not That Girl”. This love triangle seems to develop in the same way the characters do- the love triangle truly matures when the characters do. In act II, there is an unrequited love switch- now Glinda is dealing with it (“I’m Not That Girl (Reprise)”).
In my opinion, the love triangle strengthens the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. How far will they go to keep friendship alive. Look how they BOTH responded to unrequited love—–they didn’t try to steal Fiyero away. So they wouldn’t let a boy get in between them. So, it really tests their loyalty if you think about it.
So far, I mentioned two love triangles in musicals- Les Mis and Wicked. Phantom of the Opera is another, but the difference is this musical is centered around a love triangle. At the same time, there is some unpopular opinion when it comes to the couple found in it. Unlike several fans of the musical, I love the Christine and Raoul pairing. “All I Ask of You” is the romantic duo the two of them sing, which is very gorgeous and angelic. It really does show their love for each other.
RAOUL No more talk of darkness, Forget these wide-eyed fears I’m here, nothing can harm you my words will warm and calm you Let me be your freedom, let daylight dry your tears. I’m here with you, beside you, to guard you and to guide you…
CHRISTINE Say you love me every waking moment, turn my head with talk of summertime… Say you need me with you now and always… Promise me that all you say is true that’s all I ask of you
RAOUL Let me be your shelter let me be your light You’re safe, No one will find you your fears are far behind you…
CHRISTINE All I want is freedom, a world with no more night and you, always beside me, to hold me and to hide me…
RAOUL Then say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime let me lead you from your solitude Say you need me with you here, beside you… anywhere you go, let me go too Christine, that’s all I ask of you…
CHRISTINE Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime… say the word and I will follow you…
BOTH Share each day with me, each night, each morning…
CHRISTINE Say you love me…
RAOUL You know I do…
BOTH Love me – that’s all I ask of you Anywhere you go let me go too Love me – that’s all I ask of you…
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom of the Opera
Raoul and Christine are meant for each other. As expressed in “All I Ask of You”, Raoul clearly loves Christine. In the song, you can tell that Christine trusts Raoul that he will protect and comfort her. She has obviously been frightened by the Phantom, and in this moment, Raoul is quick to comfort Christine even though he still doesn’t believe the Phantom exists- after all, he is still new to the Paris Opera House.
The melody is so romantic showing how much the two of them love each other. Yes, Raoul doesn’t believe Christine at times, but he loves her. Christine says “all I want is freedom” and Raoul does say he will give her that and his love. The Phantom, on the other hand, is too dangerous and violent, and will not give her what she wants.
Yes, I talked about the unpopular opinions before. However, due to seeing Phantom of the Opera recently, I thought it was time to bring them up again. There are two couples that are unpopular opinions; one of which is part of Phantom of the Opera.
I still love Christine and Raoul as a couple. They obviously were either childhood sweethearts or best friends before Raoul met Christine again during the events of Phantom of the Opera. Raoul treats Christine better than the Phantom. Their main song, “All I Ask of You”, is one of the most beautiful and romantic songs I heard in musical theatre.
I STILL don’t understand the whole wanting Christine with Phantom-AFTER all, the Phantom is destructive, controlling, and revengeful. She was scared and afraid of him. She was in love with Raoul. Christine never loved the Phantom. It is an unrequited love Phantom had for Christine. That I will never understand-this popular opinion.
It can be easily debated who is the main character of Phantom of the Opera. Yes, the musical is called “The Phantom of the Opera”, but it doesn’t make him the main character. In fact, I see the Phantom as the antagonist. I want this post to try to explain why I believe Christine is the main character.
First, I want to make things clear. I have not seen Phantom enough times to make the best explanation. However, I know it enough to try to explain. Now, time for my explanation.
For one thing, she is literally one of the first characters that we get to know after the overture. Usually the main character is one of the first characters we get to meet. I feel like we spend the most time with Christine throughout the course of the entire musical even though the plot is a love triangle between Christine, Raoul, and the Phantom. We don’t even meet Raoul until the end of “Think of Me”- and there are only references to the Phantom ghost. We don’t even meet him until after “Angel of Music”, which was a song that took place after meeting Raoul. It is in the song, “Phantom of the Opera” where we truly got to meet the Phantom. I am talking about the order of meeting the characters to try to show that Christine is our main character.
In terms of songs, Christine does seem to sing the most- “Think of Me”, “Angel of Music”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “All I Ask of You”, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, “Point of No Return”- among those other moments in between, which I don’t even remember- you meet her as a dancer at the beginning, the first major character- that does say something. She is the one who truly develops throughout the musical. When I saw Grace Morgan, who was an understudy, played Christine, at Peace Center in Greenville in 2014, I felt most connected to Christine. I think it was partly because Christine is our main character.
Some people say she shouldn’t be with Raoul, but with Phantom—–I can understand why Raoul wouldn’t believe her that a Phantom ghost is lurking the Opera house,—after all it is his first time there. Look at some of Raoul’s lyrics in “All I Ask of You”. Christine is a bit scared of Phantom, so why are people saying she should be with Phantom. I just wanted to say that. Phantom is defiantly your antagonist- he has been haunting the Opera house for some time and people who have been performing and working there are aware of this. This is where the show gets its haunting feel. Christine and Raoul’s relationship is where the show gets its beauty along with its beautiful music. “All I Ask of You” is a BIG reason why I love Raoul and Christine as a couple.
Do you agree- is Christine the main character of Phantom of the Opera?