Tuesday, February 16, 2016

POTO #65 Notes!

I stopped reviewing every single NYC Broadway performance I go to, especially since many times that I do attend the show I see the same cast members and it makes no sense to point out my likes of various cast members over and over again. However since I haven't written a new entry in quite some time I decided to write some notes on the 65th performance I attended in NYC on February 11, 2016 at 2 pm.

All by my lonesome in the front row with tickets to performance #66

I sat in the front row in a partial view seat off to the side of the stage. Sadly unless I want to pay top dollar or win a $28 ticket in the theatre's new lottery policy for front row partial view seats this may have been the last time I will have gotten to sit in the front row because they aren't selling front row partial view tickets anymore. When I have a chance to sit in the first few rows I do enjoy the performance because I notice a lot more detail with the actor's facial expressions when they perform. I tend to miss those details when I sit in rear mezz but I do gladly sit in rear mezz seats if it means being able to see phantom one more time on the cheap.

So the two cast members I have notes on is James Barbour (the current phantom) and Craig Bennett (who's recently taken on the role of Monsieur Firmin). I've seen Craig Bennett a few times but have not gotten to comment on the great job he does as one of the Opera House managers. He performs very well with Laird Mackintosh and they are a dynamic duo when they play the managers.

James Barbour has grown into the role of phantom. He's been great since I first saw him but he's gotten even better and he managed to have me in tears at the end of the show this past performance and the performance I saw before this on January 29. I pretty much cry every time I see the show but sometimes I cry a lot more at the end especially if the role of the phantom is played well.

One of four curtain call photos I took before I got told to stop taking pictures. I don't understand why curtain call photos after the show aren't allowed. The show is over it's not like I'm taking shots during the performance. 

I don't like to comment on any cast members that I don't think perform their roles well so if I have any feelings about a cast member not being up to par I leave it out of my entries and just discuss it privately with other phans.

I didn't stage door with this performance I'm hoping to stage door before the show when I attend the next performance.

I love these ornate gold painted masks on the theatre doors! 

Overall my most recent performance was pretty spectacular, I'm grateful I got to see the show for a 65th time and am looking forward to performance #66 on March 26, 2016!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Phantom of the Opera #62 NOTES

I stopped writing notes for every performance I see, especially if I happen to be seeing the same actors or happen to see two performances fairly close together. That being said, since I really haven't updated this blog with an entry in a long time I decided to write notes on the 62nd performance I've seen which I saw on July 3, 2015 at 8 PM.

First I want to thank my sisters, my brother and my brother-in-law (who was dragged to the show by my sister) for coming to the show with me and buying my ticket. You guys honored my birthday wish of attending phantom with all my siblings at one time and I appreciate it!

Sadly I didn't get to take this photo it's not mine just using it for the blog

My first note is about Kaley Ann Voorhes. I've had the privilege of actually meeting her a few times before I finally got to see her. I didn't think I would ever get to see her actually because I usually can't get to the show during the time slots she performs as alternate Christine. But lucky for me she was in the show on Friday instead of Julia Udine. I loved her performance. She really came through during the final lair scene and the second notes scene with the managers in Act II of the show. Not only is her performance awesome but she is one of the sweetest actresses I met, she really appreciates all of her phans and I hope when she is done with phantom in August that she goes far in the acting world whether it's Broadway or on film.

This is when I met Kaley in September of '14 before I saw her as Christine. 
My second note is about James Barbour. I have seen him once before but by the time I was ready to write about seeing him the performance wasn't so fresh in my mind anymore. I really like his phantom, I like Norm Lewis a little better but I really felt deep emotion with the performance I recently saw from James. So much so that I was sobbing so hard by the end of the performance. Most of the time I do cry when I see the show even though I know what happens and how it ends. I definitely love the emotion that he brings to Erik's character. 

This is not my photo either! I don't want to take credit for work that's not mine. 

That's about it for notes from my most recent viewing of phantom. If you can go see Kaley before she leaves the show!

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Phantom of the Opera by Philip J. Riley NOTES

This is a great book if you're seriously into the 1925 Phantom of the Opera. This book provides a ton of details about the 1925 making of the film, the film stars, and the versions of the film that exist. There's a ton of special reprinted photos, scripts and publicity within this book too so not only can you learn about the film but you can own reprints of paper materials that have to do with the 1925 version of phantom. I couldn't put this down until I finished it, it's a recommended read for phans and phans of the 1925 film! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Manifestations of a Phantom's Soul Volume I NOTES

Some of the best phan phiction out there!

So I've been on a phantom of the opera book reading kick lately which means I'm gobbling up words in phan phiction with my eyes as quickly as I can and going through the rest of the books in my phantom collection that I haven't read yet and finally getting around to review them/blog them. 

I finally finished this captivating book during the recent blizzard NY was hit with. Rodriguez currently has three volumes of short stories having to do with phantom of the opera that she titled manifestations of a phantom's soul. I read vol. II when I got it for Christmas and I just got around to reading this one. 

I love all the phantom stories in this novel. Some of them seemed slightly familiar and I wondered if she had included some of the stories I read here in Vol. II. I was too lazy to verify this because I didn't want to dig around for Vol. II which I already put away in the garage after reading. There's not enough room in my place to keep my phantom novels out after I read them so they need to be boxed up in the garage for storage sadly. Most of her stories in this volume had Erik & Christine ending up together (which is always my preferential ending to the original story) and Raoul looking like a stupid ninny who won't leave the phantom and Christine alone. I love Rodriguez's writing and have actually read her other books besides Phantom. I don't understand why this woman isn't a bestselling author yet but for now she'll be my favorite Indie writer and if she ever gets to be a best selling author she'll be co-favorites with Lisa Scottoline IMO. 

In short I have nothing but accolades for this volume and suggest you purchase it if you can or get it on loan from a trusting phan to read ASAP! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Phantom of the Opera #59 NOTES!

It's been awhile since I've reviewed a Phantom of the Opera performance or a book. I want to be more active with this blog again so here goes!

On January 14, 2015 my friend Janell and I had the luck to once again visit the Majestic Theatre to see another performance of Phantom of the Opera! My 59th time, her 4th time!

Janell and I eagerly awaiting the show, happy to be seeing it again!

So here's some brief notes about this performance!

Norm Lewis- It was my third time seeing Norm in the role of the Phantom! I love his phantom! I love the deeper voice he gives to the character, I love his final lair scene. I could see this man in the role again and again but I think last night is definitely going to be the last time I got to see him in the role.

Julia Udine - Julia Udine is the new Christine. She replaced Mary Michael Patterson. So in my opinion she started out weaker and got a lot stronger towards the end of the show. But I'm thinking she might have done that on purpose to show the character progression of Christine because I've seen other Christines approach the role in the same way.

Julia Udine and myself before the show started!
Linda Balgord - Linda Balgord is the new Mme. Giry on Broadway. I thought she was okay. Her voice gave the right Mme. Giry tone, but she looked like a fairy godmother version of Mme. Giry instead of the wise foreboding figure that lurks about the Paris Opera House giving a tiny bit of protection to the phantom.

So those are my notes, and let me conclude any one of these actors would do a way better job than I would ever do if I had to walk across the Majestic Stage to be in the show!

One of two curtain call photos I snuck in before the usher yelled at me to stop taking pictures even though it was curtain call!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

James Barbour will be the new phantom....and there's a possible scandal as well!

On February 9, 2015 James Barbour will take over the title role in the Phantom of the Opera! He will join new cast members Julia Udine (Christine) & Linda Balgord (Mme. Giry).

Broadway's New Phantom!

Welcome to the Cast James Barbour!
There is however a scandal surrounding this actor that has caused a little bit of a sensation. According to Playbill, Barbour sexually touched a 15 year old fan after a performance of Jane Eyre in 2001 and again when she visited his apartment later that evening.

Some phans don't welcome the news about this scandal. I myself am not sure what to think. This could have happened, it could have been consensual, and lots of girls look older than they are so he could have mistaken her for a 20 year old instead of a 15 year old. At the same time the girl could have lied to get some attention, yes some victims really are sexually assaulted and yes some girls lie about it to get attention or to ruin a man who has rejected their advances. So personally I'm on the fence. I was a little disgusted when I found out about the scandal, but objectively I don't know what to think. Feel free to share your thoughts or opinions about the matter in the comments of my blog entry. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Phantom of the Opera animated film!

There's a new project on kickstarter that some phans have started noticing. In Australia production is in the works for a new animated version of Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera!

If you wish to back this project here's the link!


I would love a new animated phantom, so in addition to blogging about this, I'm also going to pledge some money as well :)