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To describe Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Phantom of the Opera, the tale of a disfigured musical genius' obsession with a young soprano based on Gaston Leroux's early 20th century novel, as a phenomenon would be something of an understatement. Since its West End premiere in 1986, it has been seen by around 130 million people, earned both Tony and Olivier awards for Best Musical, and amassed a staggering five billion dollars worldwide at the box office. Celebrating its momentous achievement, this unique recording of its 25th anniversary show at London's Royal Albert Hall shows exactly why it's become such an institution, from the horror movie organs and haunting synths of the iconic "Overture," to the glass-shattering vocals and dramatic melodies of the anthemic title number, to the emotive balladry of "The Music of the Night." Featuring all 22 songs from the 2011 Cameron Mackintosh-produced show, which starred Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom, Sierra Boggess as Christine, and Hadley Fraser as Raoul, the first official West End cast recording since 2000 is certainly comprehensive. But while the passages of dialogue on "Think of Me" and "Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh" may transmit well to its accompanying DVD, they feel slightly redundant here, and the constant applause, particularly the four-minute standing ovation that ends "Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer," suggests more extensive use of an editor would have been appreciated. Fans who were lucky enough to see the show in person may also be disappointed that the star turn from its most renowned leading lady, Sarah Brightman, on the "Grand Finale" has been strangely omitted, even though the lengthy congratulatory speech from Lloyd Webber himself remains fully intact. An accomplished and impressively performed tribute it may be, then, but those wanting to relive its most glorious moments may find themselves pressing the fast-forward button far more often than was necessary. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Amazing

The best cast i have ever heard for Phantom. Just beautiful :) <3

The Phantom Of The Opera Will Live On Forever!

As years fly by, One of the most famous musicals lives on.

The Phantom of the Opera has never cease to amaze millions of fans from around the world.

This album is one of the greatest examples that the Phantom of the Opera truly is amazing!

I love this album and I will always love The Phantom of the Opera musical until the end.

Bravo Andrew Lloyd Webber and to everyone who was in the show!

I give this 10/10 and 5 stars! :)

Best cast recording, better than original (except for sarah ;-0)

After all these years this show can still turn me into an emotional wreck. This cast recording is perfect, and because its recorded live on the stage and not in a studio, the whole show in all its glory is here. Ramin's interpretation of the Phantom is exactly how i have always seen him in my mind. Get this album, but more importantly, buy the actual video too!

Biography

Born: 22 March 1948 in London, England

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948) is the most successful composer of musicals of his generation and also a breaker of molds for the type. His predecessors were, for the most part, American: New York-based songwriters steeped in Broadway tradition. Lloyd Webber saw his share of shows as a child, too, but he was born in London, the son of William Lloyd Webber, Director of the London College...
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