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Re: Broadway Phantom news

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HAHAHAHAA!!!


Good one. Like if that will happen anytime soon!


Anyway, seems quite a good number of people on Twitter took the note seriously, and think that Sarah B. is actually going to return to Broadway, despite the disclaimer.

But can you imagine how much the tickets will go for if that were to happen? The sales would go through the roof!!


I probably would have fallen for it, but didn't as I would have never imagined that Sarah (at this point in her life of course) could sing the part of Carlotta. The songs she has been performing on her recent album(s) are not very operatic, and with the vocal problems she had some years back, it did seem a stretch. I can definitely see her doing Madame Giry ...and yes! The sales would go through the roof!

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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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That is nice to know. I hope he gets to spend time with them both!

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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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HIs daughter, Emma, was very proud too!

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How lovely! The last time I remember seeing a picture of him with her was at the Woman In White opening night (I'm sure I've seen a couple thence, but that was the last time I remember).

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Re: Who are the most beautiful voices in musical theater?

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The two Michael's, Crawford and Ball definitely have (in my opinion) the best voices, along with Anthony Warlow. Other performers such as Philip Quast and Norm Lewis are also heavenly.

There are so many talented ladies that it is difficult to pick, but I would pick Sierra Boggess, Laura Osnes, Audra Macdonald, Maria Friedman as some of my faves! And even though she no longer does musical theatre, Sarah Brightman still sounds exquisite.

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Re: ALW's new musical in trouble at box office

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And why did he mentioned Cats? He could have said Sunset Boulevard, or any of his more recent shows. But no, he had to go with his second-longest running show, all to avoid the proverbial elephant in the room (you know, The Phantom of the Opera).


I think it was because, on paper, the musical 'Cats' seemed to be a ridiculous idea ; setting up some poems (that were not written with the idea of having music put to them later) to music, in addition to the fact that it is kind of episodic and has no clear storyline to it seemed a recipe for disaster as there had previously been no other show that was done in that fashion.
Phantom was based on a book published previously, like many other musicals.

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Re: ALW's new musical in trouble at box office

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Sad news. I wonder if he will film it like he did with LND. I think not, as it hasn't proved to be popular, and will probably not have a market despite being a new ALW show. At least it has a cast recording. Sad that From Here To Eternity is closing too (on the same day incidentally). I hope this is not the end for ALW and Tim Rice, and that they keep writing new stuff.

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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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(I could mention another Phantom related show that did not get enough positive word-of-mouth to keep it running very long.)




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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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Delighted for Michael, so well deserved! And Dame Gillian Lynne too!

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Re: Sarah Brightman talks about TPOTO

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I believe that Sarah really is proud of Phantom, of her part in its creation and to have worked with the likes of Hal Prince and Michael Crawford. She said as much at the POTO25 celebrations on Broadway. She has attended (and even performed at) many of the anniversaries, and has performed a song or two from it in all her tours, if I am not mistaken. I therefore take her comments to mean that (while she loves the show) appearing in it for 6 performances a week was not something she enjoyed doing. It's a big sing, and I can't remember the figures, but Christine in onstage for a lot longer than the Phantom is. Her passion/preferance has always been working on an album (for ages) and then doing concerts/tours in exotic places, rather than performing for a year on Broadway/the West End.

An interview she did with Cliff Richard (starting at 4.10) just after POTO opened. She seemed happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btrHMwZzclo

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Re: Love Never Dies - ALW's Sequel (General Discussion thread) **Contains spoilers**

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Here's an interview with Ramin where he talks about his career, and about the sequel....


(About LND)


RK: There are a hundred ways that you could have told that story - and, all of them are valid. But, this is the one that was chosen and this is the one that we did - you can't change that to fit what people want or expect, you know? Of course, especially with big shows like that, people will always come to them with expectations anyway - and that's fine; you can have them - but I don't think, as artists, we should take that into account really. I think we should be brave in what we do and hope that people will like it - and, if not; well... [Pause.] life goes on!



Oh, em...no. It's not just what story was chosen, it's the fact that it was a bad story, period. And even if they had changed to please the audience, as long as it has the same central story, it wasn't going to work.



PC: Was it invigorating as an actor to continue to work on the show so much, even after it had officially opened?

RK: Well, first, the thing is that I had sworn off playing the Phantom again - and, I just recently did this concert tour with Sierra and we ended up doing a whole sequence from PHANTOM. Going into it, I thought, "Oh, OK, we're just going to stand there and sing," but, as we did it, we ended up playing the scene - without any props or without any gimmicks - and it suddenly all came flooding in to me, like, "Holy crap! There is some unfinished business here."


PC: The book is not closed on PHANTOM and LOVE NEVER DIES, then.

RK: If Sierra is doing it with me, I would do them again - yeah.

PC: Would you play the Phantom again if it becomes a trilogy?

RK: Well, I think that, as far as PHANTOM goes, if Sierra is Christine, then I would be more than willing to be the Phantom again. Sure.


http://broadwayworld.com/article/InDe ... LES-PHANTOM-More-20130731


Oh, eff hell no. A trilogy? Let's hope that ALW is smarter than that.


And he's only going to play the character if Sierra is Christine again. Great, just great . Won't be surprised if the phangirls start spamming the Phantom FB with requests for it (just like it happened for Broadway Phantom 25). As great a combination as they may seem (not my favorite), they should really take a break and perform with other actors ( wasn't LND, London Phantom 25, and the finale for Broadway 25th enough for them?). Honestly, at this point they're really overexposed in POTO.





It would be marvellous if they do play the roles again, in Love Never Dies. They were very special in Phantom 25, and I think it was a pity that they didn't get to star in the Love Never Dies - Australian Production DVD.

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Re: Love Never Dies - ALW's Sequel (General Discussion thread) **Contains spoilers**

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I'm one of the biggest LND fans around, and as much as I would like to hope that Sarah wholeheartedly supports LND, this interview isn't really very inspirational in that view. If you notice, she only talks about the music, and doesnt really mention anything else. So I doubt it can be taken as a ringing endorsement of it.

Also to your comment about ALW's music deteriorating post Sunset Boulevard ... surely the score to Whistle Down The Wind is just as stunning as anything he's written before, and certainly more 'mature' than Joseph/Cats/Starlight/Aspects/Tell Me On A Sunday, all which were written before Sunset.
I also think The Woman in White is his best score (after the POTO's).

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Love Never Dies to return to the west end

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Love never died ... love WILL continue!

According to an audience member at yesterday night's ALW tribute show taping

http://mbfc.biz/topic/12052-itv-specials-celebrating-alw/page-4

'ALW also confirmed that Love Never Dies will return, sounds like based on the Australian production (as the DVD).'

It would be very exciting if it happens.

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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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And the rehearsals too. I would also say the writing process with ALW, but that would be bordering on stalking.

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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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A lovely interview with Sarah Brightman from the POTO days (I've never seen this one before) in which Michael is mentioned and she reacts very sweetly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdfEhAJTRZs

Oh, what I would have given to have seen Michael and Sarah in POTO!


Interesting--- they go on about high tech in the show, but finally Sarah mentions that much of the tech is old.

----Yes, if only we had time machines. I would go back to see Michael in Phantom and also in Barnum!




Billy is also one that would interest me. Some Of Us Belong To The Stars is one of my favourite songs (that Michael has sung in a show).

Of course, I would probably use up all my 'chances' of the time machine and go see POTO with Michael multiple times.

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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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A lovely interview with Sarah Brightman from the POTO days (I've never seen this one before) in which Michael is mentioned and she reacts very sweetly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdfEhAJTRZs

Oh, what I would have given to have seen Michael and Sarah in POTO!

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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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"I'm sure this was due to Cameron Mackintosh wanting to promote three of his favourite performers (I wouldn't be surprised if JOJ and Ramin play Valjean in the new Les Mis on Broadway, next year?) and also due to the fact that Gillian Lynne was not available to come up with anything new. I can't believe Hal allowed Cameron to go through with it."

I would actually love if JOJ or Ramin play Valjean. I might move this summer, but if I stay in New York I will audition for the role of Cosette or Eponine and my brother will audition for Gavroche. My mother has agreed to take my brother, but when I said I wanted to audition too, she seemed less confident I would make it simply because my brother and I both sing but he's a perfect angel-voiced child and I'm not perfect. I hope I'm able to do it, singing with Ramin would be the best thing that would ever happen to me.



I do like Ramin, and while I haven't seen him live, I have heard that he is amazing and that his Valjean in particular is sublime. He will do an amazing job.

Awww that is lovely, good luck to you dear .... I shall keep my fingers crossed things will work out for you! I wouldn't be surprised if Cameron casts someone like Sam Barks in it as he will need to draw in viewers, but I do sincerely hope that your dreams will come true!

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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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At least ALW can't be blamed now for trying to 'push Ramin (and LND) down our throats'

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Re: Why we love Michael Crawford!!

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NEITHER JOJ nor Ramin have any connection with the Broadway production at all.

There were former Broadway Phantoms in the audience, but the producers brought in three of the 25th Anniversary London Phantoms.

JOJ is excellent, and not meny Americans have had a chance to hear him. Ramin must have been included to provide photo ops with Sierra and to give his fans something to gush about, but it had nothing to do with honoring the Broadway show.

People who were there were excited and happy, fot the most part, but it was still something of a slap at Broadway.




I "GASP" actually agree with you on this. Ramin was great (not a big fan of JOJ as you probably know) but it was wrong to have them there (and Peter Joback too). With Kevin Gray, Howard McGillin, Davis Gaines (that's who I've been able to figure out were in the audience that night, not sure of who else) present, it was a huge shame that none of them were called to share the stage and perform.

I'm sure this was due to Cameron Mackintosh wanting to promote three of his favourite performers (I wouldn't be surprised if JOJ and Ramin play Valjean in the new Les Mis on Broadway, next year?) and also due to the fact that Gillian Lynne was not available to come up with anything new. I can't believe Hal allowed Cameron to go through with it.

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http://broadwayworld.com/article/BWW- ... us-Speeches-More-20130128

Hal read out Michael's letter, and Sarah Brightman also mentions him. Cameron spoke a little before Sarah did of how she heard him at her singing class, etc.

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Re: Broadway Phantom news

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A wonderful video of the special encore, from Broadwayworld.

http://broadwayworld.com/article/BWW- ... us-Speeches-More-20130128


Looks like it was a really special night. Hal and Cameron were great, and I LOVED Sarah, who was stunning. It was lovely that her contribution to the show, and also to Michael Crawford being cast was highlighted by Cameron.

JOJ, RK, PJ, Hugh and Sierra were great as usual, but it just didnt feel right without Colm Wilkinson outsinging everyone else by just standing there.
It would have been nice if they had asked some of the old Broadway Phantoms who were in attendance to sing the parts instead of Ramin, JOJ and PJ ... as wonderful as they are, neither have had anything to do with POTO on Broadway so far, and since this was a celebration of 25 years on Broadway, it would have been more fitting to have had Davis Gaines, Howard McGillin etc instead.

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Does anyone know why Michael Crawford was not in attendance? Maybe down with the flu like half the planet???? That is really a shame. So many fans who were there must have been disappointed not to see him live.


I know why he didn't sing at the London 25th, but I don't know why he didn't attend the Broadway 25th. It wasn't because he was sick, though, because he let his fan association know some weeks ago that he probably wouldn't be there.

Two speculations on my part.

He didn't go because for some reasons of his own, he REALLY doesn't like watching the show since he left it no matter how excellent the cast is. He only went to the Gala celebrating Phantom passing CATS because ALW practically took him by the arm and dragged him into a car and to the theater.

OR

He has something work-related going on in London.

Wild speculation:
ALW's next musical has an invitation-only reading in London soon. It's that one about the Profumo affair. Michael wouldn't have a leading role, but he might take another role if it were offered.

Does anyone know what he said in his note?


Oh I do hope so! I'm not familiar with the piece/story, but if Andrew Lloyd Webber offers Michael a role (as he should), it would be lovely if Michael takes it. Or at least do the cast recording.


I can't wait to hear what was said in the note, but I guess it won't be out until tomorrow.

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There are a few people on this board who will really like this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9t37VJKooc

More fuel for the ALW/SB rumor mill. ;)


That was adorable. That is all. :)

Edit - All I will say is that I'd be surprised if ALW hasnt recovered totally after that.

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"Michael had not been present, but had sent a note (HA). "

I bet it was signed O.G.


I'm sure it would have been!! It HAD to be.

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Lovely interview of Sarah Brightman, Hal Prince and Cameron Mackintosh on the Red Carpet

http://broadwayworld.com/article/BWW- ... ightman-and-More-20130126

EDIT - Oooh, Peter Joback is to play the Phantom on Broadway for a limited period.

http://broadwayworld.com/article/Lond ... ay-from-April-29-20130126

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Re: Broadway Phantom news

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Sarah Brightman and Andrew Lloyd Webber had apparently done a 'video-message' ... and Sarah had been escorted on stage by Hugh Panaro.

Michael had not been present, but had sent a note (HA).

No Gillian Lynne, but Hal Prince, Cameron Mackintosh and Sarah Brightman were there from the original company.

Phantom Day! http://twitter.yfrog.com/g0h0dfkj

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