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Re: Problem Threads - notify us here

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Re: Site Problems? Tip: Check earlier posts in this thread, your question may already be answered

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I cannot quote anyone and all the avatars besides the posts have disappeared!

SisOfNight, I sometimes get the "no avatars" effect, although I hadn't noticed that it kills quotes as well. Usually if I close my browser, re-open it and log in again, the view is back to normal.

Good luck,

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Re: Problem Threads - notify us here

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Hi, not really problems, just a bit untidy.

Here are 2 threads on the same subject which would probably be better combined:
http://www.phantomoftheopera.com/site ... id=729187#forumpost729187
http://www.phantomoftheopera.com/site ... id=729178#forumpost729178

And here is a story which has been posted in The Lair, but I think should be in Compositions:
http://www.phantomoftheopera.com/site ... id=729190#forumpost729190

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Re: What Does Your Avatar Mean To YOU?

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StephanieAnne (or anyone interested in making their own avatar) you might find this site interesting:
http://www.shrinkpictures.com/create-avatar/
If you have an image on your computer that you want to use, this site lets you make a square avatar out of it. You need to set the number of pixels to 100 for this forum. If your source image is a rectangle, not a square, you can choose which bit of the picture to use. Then download your finished avatar to your computer, and it's available for you to load as your forum avatar.

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Re: Phantom of the Opera mask

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That looks very impressive, Winschi. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Hooray, I have seen/am going to see the stage show. Reviews and comments here, please

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I went on a trip to London this week and saw the stage play tuesday night. My life is now complete.


I'm glad you enjoyed it, but would you like to tell us some more? Was it the regular cast? According to the website, that at the moment should be:
Geronimo Rauch
Harriet Jones or Olivia Brereton
Sean Palmer
How did you rate them?

Where did you sit, and were you happy with the view? It's an old theatre, not much legroom - was this a problem?

Have you seen the show before, on film or on stage, and how did the live show in London compare with any others that you've seen?

It's always nice to read other people's reactions.

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Re: Fairytales

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Nice thread. I read the Andrew Lang books, and other collections, as a kid. Recently I bought the complete Andrew Lang set on Kindle, so I'm dipping into them from time to time. Even aged under 10, I realised that elements repeat from tale to tale, e.g. there's a version of Cinderella (maybe the one where the girl was called something like Ashputtel) where the stepsister cut off her toes so that she could fit her foot into the lost slipper. The later idea that the slipper should be glass means that this wouldn't work, because anyone could see if it fits.

I tend to like reading my fairy tales rather than watching them as films, but I do have a soft spot for a movie Cinderella, "The Slipper and the Rose," very lush and romantic.

One or two stories have stuck in my head, but I no longer know where they came from or what they're called. I'd quite like to re-tell one of them here. It has a theme of facial disfigurement, which may strike a chord with forum members! I didn't learn it by heart, I just know the outline of the plot, so this is my re-telling. If anyone recognises it and can tell me more about it, I'd love to know!

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There was once a village in a forest, and two men of that village were disfigured. Each had a great lump on the side of his face. Some unkind people used to mock them for their appearance.

One of the men could not stand to be pointed at and laughed at, so he never went out, but stayed at home nursing his misery, holding a grudge against all mankind.

The other man had a cheerful disposition. He ignored the cruel remarks, and went out and about as other people did. He found friends, he joined in with village dances and entertainments, he enjoyed life.

One day, the cheerful man had been working a long way from home. Night fell as he was making his way through the forest back to his village. Suddenly he came into a moonlight glade, where hundreds of little people were holding revel. They cried out in anger at his intrusion, leapt upon him and bore him to the ground by their sheer weight of numbers. The man looked at them in amazement. If these were fairy folk, they were stranger than any he had ever heard tell of. Some had horns, some had hooves. Some had crooked backs, or too many arms, or eyes in the back of their heads. All were strange.

The king of the little folk stepped forward. "Mortal," he said, "we should kill you for spying on us. But we give you one chance to be saved. Entertain us, and perhaps we will forgive you."

Then they let the man get up, and he sang all his best songs for them. When the fairy harpers played, he danced nimbly, and all the little folk applauded. Then the king said, "You have done well. But to pay your forfeit, you must come back another night, and sing and dance for us again."

The man said that he would, but the king said, "Promises are easily made and easily broken. But I know how to make you come back. You have a fine lump on your face – " Then the king waved his hand, and the lump fell from the man's face to the ground. The king went on, "No one would wish to lose so magnificent a lump. To get it back, you must keep your promise and come back to us tomorrow night."

Then the man went home, very happily. Next day, all his neighbours saw that the lump had gone from his face, and he told them all that had happened. Of course, he had no intention of going back to the fairy folk.

So the next night, the ill-tempered man with a lump went into the woods, and found the little people at play. They asked him what had become of their friend of the previous night. "He could not come," replied the man. "He sent me in his place." So they asked him to entertain them, as the other man had done.

But the ill-tempered man had never learned to sing and dance. He tried, but his voice was hoarse, his steps clumsy, and all the fairy folk shouted and jeered at him. The king said, "I shall teach your friend a lesson, for sending us one as useless as you. He shall never get his lump back. And what is more – " The king waved his hand, and the lump which lay on the ground leapt up and attached itself to the face of the ill-tempered man.

"Now, you shall have both fine lumps, and whenever the other man sees you, he shall know what he has lost."

And so the ill-tempered man had to wear two lumps on his face to the end of his days, but the cheerful man could be even more cheerful, for now he was unmarked.

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Re: Are "music of the night" and "all I ask of you" partner songs/counter melodies?

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The link between the songs that I always remember is at the end of the show:

Christine and Raoul:
Share each day with me, each night, each morning
Phantom:
You alone can make my song take flight -
It's over now, the music of the night.

But the end of the first act is very similar:

Christine and Raoul:
Share each day with me, each night, each morning
Phantom:
You will curse the day you did not do
All that the Phantom asked of you.

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Posted on: 27 Feb 19:46:16
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Re: How much did Meg know?

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It's interesting that they changed the original libretto in Angel of Music for that performance


The change goes back a long time before the 25th Anniversary. I just hunted out a recording I made of a London performance in 1994, and in that Meg sings, as above, "I watched your face from the shadows" etc.

In the original cast recording, and the original libretto, those lines of Meg's are:
Christine, you must have been dreaming.
Stories like this can't come true.
Christine, you're talking in riddles,
And it's not like you.

If that was what Meg believed, then her "Don't be frightened" line makes more sense. I think this is a case of lyrics changed at different times, and not matching up perfectly. The best example is probably the title song, written before the rest of the show, which suggests that Christine knew more about the Phantom than she really could have known at that point in the story.

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Re: Voting for Olivier Award

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I'm an American, can I vote, or must I suffer the Phantoms wrath due to an inability to vote?

You can vote, there are no national restrictions.

There is a "prize draw." One voter drawn at random will get a prize, in this case 2 tickets for each of the shortlisted 4 shows. This won't be much use to you unless you're planning a trip to London. But you can still earn the Phantom's approval by voting.

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Re: Voting for Olivier Award

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Sorry, should have posted this as well, it's the website where you can vote for Phantom.

http://www.olivierawards.com/vote/?ut ... eccd1-1da0d1193e-36497645

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Re: Voting for Olivier Award

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It's that time of year again... the London production of Phantom is up for an award, determined by online votes. Details here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk8v-x ... eccd1-1da0d1193e-36497645

It's quite a short video this time, although still nice to see. For those who missed it, last year's longer video is still available:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/myDR_UM- ... 2_7_2013&utm_medium=email


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Re: New here? Say hello here! (not in a new thread - thanks)

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Welcome, migotka21.

I hope you enjoy being on this site. I'm sure you will find many things to interest you here.

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Re: Who is this? (stage pictures)

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Re: Wanted-Christine's Ring

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If you google "phantom of the opera ring images" you'll find some sparkly rings like Christine wore on the chain. It just took me a couple of minutes to find this one as an example:
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This is the website that sells it:
http://sparklinglizzies.blogspot.co.u ... hantom%20of%20the%20Opera
but you have to ask them the price, which suggests expensive.

Phantom's ring: In the George Perry "Phantom" book, there's a pre-production photo of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in costume, with Michael's hand in shot. The black stone in his ring looks to be somewhat pointed in shape, like <> . In the 25th Anniversary DVD, Ramin's ring appears to have a more oval stone. So there's no "perfect replica." You could try anywhere that sells men's rings; look for a black onyx signet set in gold. You can get plain ones quite cheaply, or some are a little fancier with extra stones or shaping. Find one you like, that you can get in your size.

Edit: here's one on Amazon for $22.
http://www.amazon.com/PalmBeach-Jewel ... TF8&qid=1391810168&sr=1-1
It's just plated, but would be an adequate Phantom ring. If you're prepared to pay more, you could find more choice and style.

Let us know how you get on.

Mary

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Re: Wanted-Christine's Ring

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Hi Elin, welcome to the forum.

I can't help you with the ring, but other people might be able to, if you give more details of what exactly you want. In the book, the Phantom gave Christine a plain gold ring, but I don't suppose that's what you meant. In the stage show, the Phantom gives Christine his own ring, a gold ring with a black stone. (Details vary according to who is playing the Phantom - I believe each has his own ring for the show.) Also, in the Masquerade sequence, Christine has a ring given to her by Raoul, which she wears on a chain round her neck. Was that the one you meant? It looks sparkly, but I don't have a close-up image of it.

If your request is based on the 2004 movie, I haven't watched that for a while and don't remember the details, but I'm sure there are people on here who do. Good luck with your search.

Mary

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Unless anyone knows better, I believe "Stephen Ward" is a fictional name to describe the real man in the old news story. The basis of the story was that a British government minister had a sexual liaison with a woman who was at the same time involved with an important man in the Russian government - this at the height of the Cold War. This became a great political scandal.

I was a child at the time, and remember being bored with the whole thing and irritated at how much time it was being given on television and in the newspapers - a negative reaction which has left me with no interest in the stage show.

I add my vote to those who would like to see Sunset Boulevard filmed. (But not in the same way that Les Mis was...)

Mary

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Jennie, do you have a more local Amazon site than Amazon.com? I'm in Britain, I went in through Amazon.co.uk, and ordered the paperback. Postage was £2.75 (British pounds).

Mary

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Re: Books you read that either surprised you or bored you

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Phangirl, if you click on "forum" on the left of the screen, you'll get a list of all the sections and a description of what goes where. If you go to "The Managers' Office" and click on "Problem Threads," that's where you can post a request to have a thread moved. (But it's easier to take a minute to get it right first time.)

On the subject of this thread, when I was at school I was given "Pride and Prejudice" as a set book. I had heard of it, but thought the title sounded boring. I was really surprised to find it an interesting and engaging story. Many years later, it's still on my "frequent re-read" list.

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Re: Movies you watched that you thought would be good but ended up being terrible

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And I'd be willing to sit through even longer films set in movie!Middle-Earth…


Just a thought, IamErik, and digressing from the thread, but did you ever come across "Born of Hope"? Not a Jackson movie, it's a fan-made film (about an hour) of the lives of Aragorn's parents, Arathorn and Gilraen. I thought it was pretty good - they found an interesting set of twin brothers to play the sons of Elrond, a lot of nice touches like that, although it was low-budget.

You can find it here: http://www.bornofhope.com/

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Re: Phantom Tattoos

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Blanchybaby, I used the web addresses in your second post. They take me to the web page where your image displays. There's a box on the right headed "links." Clicking on the one marked "direct" copied the correct web address for just the image to my clipboard. I then pasted it into the box where I was writing this post, and put image tags around it.

Hope this helps,

Mary

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Welcome Erikcrawford and Gleek

And also Auroshara, who was somehow missed from the welcome messages.

Auroshara, there's no need to worry about your English. It is much better than my French! (Or any other language )

Mary

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Re: POTO US Tour Revival

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The Phantom in the ALW show is an adaptation of Leroux, of course, and is different in some ways, but on the stage he has been played as rather violent, and that isn't out-of character. He has also been played in a variety of other ways, and I rather prefer the powerful, mysterious, more romantic version. Others have their preferences.


I always thought stage-Phantom was intended to be more sympathetic than Leroux-Phantom, one reason why stage-Phantom is usually less violent towards Christine. The more he knocks Christine around, the less I like him, and the less I can believe that he loves her. (As opposed to wanting to own her.) Push the violent side too far, and the story will end up as a cliché triangle of hero, heroine and villain, with everybody wanting the villain to drop dead. "Phantom" ought to be more subtle than that.

Mary

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Re: My Leroux-based comic series(Help wanted!)

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Joker, you should find a message from me in your forum In-Box.

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