Phantom Of The Opera Review

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Phantom of the Opera is the longest running musical to date and has become one of the most beloved and well known musicals on Broadway. The musical was inspired and loosely based on the characters and the story of the book Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. This CD is the original London cast which means that this recording is with the first cast that ever preformed the musical with the actors that created the parts. The musical was written and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber who is one of the most famous musical composers and has composed some of the most well loved musicals of the last fifty years. Webber created incredible and emotional music for Phantom of the Opera that set this ...view middle of the document...

The opera “Don Juan Triumphant” is very different from the rest of the musical because it represents the pain and the wrath of the Phantom. The music is very dissonant and jarring. The songs could also be compared the the opera's arias and recitatives because some songs like “Phantom of the Opera” move the story along and is followed by “Music of the Night” which is more like an aria because it shows off more and slows down the story so that the Phantom can sing about his situation and how he feels. “Music of the Night” also ends with a diminished chord that is often used in opera. Vocal resemble is also used in “Notes”, “Wandering Child”, and the finale to create powerful drama. It also is like an opera because it is about an opera house so there are opera sections that are part of the operas that the characters are performing.
Another contrast is comedy with drama. Phantom of the Opera is mainly a drama and even a thriller at times but that would only attract a certain crowd of people so the managers of the opera house were added. The songs “Notes” and “Prima Donna” are a highlight of the show because they are entertaining but they also show Webber's skill with the doctrine of affections. In both of these songs the main characters all sing at the same time and they are all feeling very differently. You can pick out the individual emotions each character is feeling without any of them contradicting the music. These songs are contrast the only songs in the show because they are in a major key and sound very lighthearted unlike many of the the songs in minor. There are many other songs in major but they are large, sweeping, and epic scores not lighthearted like the manager's songs.
A highlight of this particular recording the the cast. They are the one...

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