Watching The Phantom Of The Opera

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For me, I was lucky that my college offered tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera right around Mothers’ Day. I celebrated the holiday early by taking my mother to see her first professional performance. I bought tickets to see the musical on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. We spent the day shopping in New York with my some of my college mates. When we got to the theatre, I was slightly disappointed at the size and stuffiness of the theatre, as my imagination always cited spacious grand opera houses as the house for all Broadway shows. What The Majestic Theatre lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in atmosphere. It was very beautiful and ornate and it was like stepping back in time. I was instantly reminded of the movie Moulin Rouge when I entered. It definitely has an old-Hollywood glitz and glamour vibe, with the deep tangerine curtains and the hauntingly dim lighting, which seemed to fit the musical perfectly. There were a lot of steep stairs to climb to get to our seating area. We arrived about two minutes before it began, therefore, as we attempted to find our seats within that 2 minute countdown, the lights shut totally off, leaving us in a blacked out haze of confusion. Somehow, an usher made his way to us and helped us find our seats. Our seats moderately comfortable, but because our seats were located in the mezzanine area, our vision was at times obscured when anything went on at the top of the stage; we were forced to crouch down in our seats to see it.
The music in The Phantom of the Opera was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Music was provided by a large orchestra; the instruments I noted were violins and a harp. There were also percussion instruments, an organ, synthesizers, and electric guitars. My mother recalled flutes, trumpets and trombones being played in the pit. The show itself was truly breathtaking. The music rumbled and roared you to attention. The acting was excellent- comedic at times, yet tragically serious at others.
Songs in The Phantom of the Opera include, “Overture”, the fabulously haunting organ music that recurs throughout the musical. “Think of Me” and “The Phantom of the Opera” which highlights Christine's vocal range. A standout song, “The Music of the Night,” emphasizes the strength of the Phantom's voice. The song follows a literary structure: almost expository part, followed by rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement. The introduction is soft and slow. The Phantom and the lone piano in the background “ heightens” your sensations as you listen. The song intended to “wake” and “stir” Christine by the power of the the Phantom’s music, and it is quite effective on her as well as the audience. I felt tingles hearing the song, because it had a sort of sensual pace. The orchestra accompanied the Phantom as he continued his chilling serenade, vocalizing deeper as more instruments joined the song. The voice and the song grew faster as if...

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