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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

Pure magic

The most fantastic piece of theatre ever. I had the most amazing privelige of watching this show @ the RAH on October 1st in the evening and words can't describe actually being there in front of a fantastic ensemble of phantom actors past & present. The casting was perfect especially ramin and sierra they are 2 amazing performers and angels of music.


At last, a dream cast and an amazing orchestration.
The most talented cast bring the Phantom to life. Sierra Boggess is a stunning Christine, Ramin Karimloo is simply the best Phantom and Wendy Ferguson plays Carlotta perfectly. The best part of this CD is that it is a complete recording of the show, from the very first auction lot to the finale at the end of the Albert Hall performance. All of the connecting scenes that are edited out of the original soundtrack are included in this. Really brings back the elecrtrifying atmosphere of the Royal Albert Hall. A must for any Phantom fan!


An absolute brillaint CD of the incredible concert for the 25th celebrations. A stunning cast, backed by a sensational orchestra, the must have CD of recent times for all musical fans!


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 of Music, and was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, hardly the sort of place where you'd be likely to hear Oklahoma!...
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