Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Act 1 of Encore Screening of 'The Phantom of the Opera' at Royal Albert Hall in Celebration of 25 Years

The chandelier at the 'Phantom' in Celebration of 25 Years is unveiled
underneath a cloth with marked as "item 666". In lieu of show curtain
sliding video screens below the orchestra bridge and a larger video
screen above was also used as backdrops during the performance.
(photos: Alasatir Muir/Getty Images & NBC/Universal)
It was inevitable that I would attend the last screening of the cinema presentation of 'The Phantom of the Opera' at Royal Albert Hall in Celebration of 25 Years after having already seen it the week before. After viewing other productions filmed plays and musicals which were then shown on television or released on DVD, seeing these presentations in a movie theatre gives the show more justice than seeing it on the small screen. If you cannot see it live in the theatre then this is the next best thing.

Note that the show is not billed as 'The Phantom of the Opera' 25th Anniversary Concert unlike the anniversary event for 'Les Miserables' last year. It a fully staged presentation complete with sets and costumes.

Rather than go on, I recommend viewing the show when it is finally released on video. It will likely be presented on public television as other filmed presentations of musicals and plays have gone that route. In meantime here are more production shots from the 25th anniversary celebration performance of 'Phantom'.

Click HERE for more photos and a review of this special production.
These photos are from Act 1 of 'The Phantom of the Opera' at Royal Albert Hall. See the next post or click HERE for Act 2 production photos. (photos: Alasatir Muir/Getty Images & NBC/Universal; post has been updated with additional photographs)

Earl Carpenter plays the auctioneer of Lot 666.
Hadley Fraser playing the aged Raoul at the auction.
The "Hannibal" opera rehearsal.
Wendy Ferguson (Carlotta)
Wynne Evans (Ubaldo)
Christine takes her bow after "Think of Me".
The Phantom and Christine descend to his underground lair.
Sierra Boggess (Christine)
Sierra Boggess (Chrisine) and Ramin Karimloo (The Phantom)

Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess
Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess in the Phantom's lair.
Ramin Karimloo stars as The Phantom.
Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess
The Phantom sends his "Notes" to the opera house managers.
Barry James (Monsier Firmin)
The "Il Muto" opera
Wendy Ferguson (right) plays Carlotta.
The ballet in the "Il Muto" opera.
Hadley Fraser stars as Raoul.
Hadley Fraser and Sierra Boggess.
Ramin Karimloo


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