Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Phantom of the Opera message boards

So my readers and PHellow PHans today I have decided to give you a few messages boards where you may discuss Phantom of the Opera.

This is my favorite message board - every once in awhile I will log in and read some post -express my opinion - ask a question - take suggestions. This should be the second hit that you get if you google phantom of the opera.

phantom's opera
I haven't checked this one out - it looks good based on a quick glance - perhaps I shall browse it and maybe join.

Gerard Butler fans
This one seems to be geared toward Gerard Butler phans - he's not my favorite phantom - if I saw Michael Crawford he would probably be it - but my favorites are Charles Dance and Eric Fletcher - best ALW phantom would have to be Hugh Panaro.

These are the best three I found with quick research so that I can give my readers a quick fix if they are looking for phantom of the opera message boards to talk phantom on.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Interesting phantom blog found!

This is an interesting blog I found backing phantom up as a true story! I've got to give credit to fellow phantom bloggers - I want my blog to be a an eclectic source of all things phantom.

true story phantom blog

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Phantom's Opera by Sadie Montgomery

This book is the third in the phoenix of the opera series by Sadie Montgomery. I love this series it's pretty interesting to read about Erik's life after the main time line in phantom, Erik and Meg together in this series is better then Meg loving Erik in LND. This book was great - I absolutely loved one of the quotes - however it's getting old now with Erik and Meg being separated and then their love reuniting them. That's already happened in the first and second novels of this series. Two characters died in this novel - one I was glad to see killed off - the other character I was ambivalent about their death. Although you will want to roll your eyes because Erik and Meg are separated yet again, this is still worth the read - and you can easily become entranced and lose yourself in the story.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Andrew Lloyd Webber Phantom of the Opera # 41

Last night June 16, 2010 at 8 PM (8 days after my 16th phaniversary - weird with the numbers 8 and 16) I attended Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera for the 41st time. As I was waiting on the line I found a group of four girls from Michigan who were wearing masks similar to the Masquerade costume masks and I had to take a picture with them. After that I sat in my seat in the last row of the theatre haha, took some pictures and eagerly awaited the performance.

The performance was amazing as it always is to me. I get very lost in the story and very swayed by the music but I did manage to take notice of a couple of things in order to review the performance.

Jeremy Stolle was a stand in for Raoul - he was okay as the character. I really hate Raoul so much - not the actor that plays him, just the character. So an actor that makes me want to throw up in my mouth while playing his character does a great job. Mr. Stolle performed adequately but didn't have me seething every time Raoul walked on stage.

Jennifer Hope Wills played Christine. I have seen her before and I always thought she did a wonderful job but her voice seemed a little weak last night. It may not have been her though - it could have been the fact that I was in the last row of the theatre - or perhaps she was sick but still performing. Her acting was amazing - she was very expressive and gave the role of Christine such life, all in all she is worth seeing.

John Cudia was a gem as the phantom. I have seen him play Raoul before - it's kind of funny when an actor has played both parts. At one point I could care less about them because they played the man I hate, when the reverse happens and they start playing the phantom I notice them! He was absolutely amazing - he put so much into the character - he had me on the edge of my seat at the end of point of no return and during the final lair scene. I always am on the edge of my seat during that time but I was even more so last night. He is a wonderful phantom!

I hated All I ask of You last night - that song could not go by fast enough! I always hate that song and that part of the play. It's a beautiful song I will give it that credit - but it is when the phantom (who I love dearly) is betrayed and I just hate to see it happen every time.

Point of No Return was so hot! It's an incredibly sexy song and scene, I love it so much! I think it was the hottest I've ever seen it be last night.

After the show I decided to stick around for autographs. I didn't go for them during my 39th and 40th time so I figured it was time to go get them again. It was pretty hysterical - I tried to go right by the stage door as I always try to do and sometimes manage but I was told I had to wait outside the doors that lead to the stage door so I did. I was holding the door open but was told I had to close it after a few actors and orchestra members went through so I did. Then two police officers came into the alley, they were waiting to see if someone they knew was still on the light crew. I was ready to s*it my pants I thought the majestic theatre personnel may have finally noticed me and decided to call the cops to make me go away. So  I asked the cops if I had to leave. They may have been kidding but they asked if I was going to stab someone, I told them no and offered to have my bag searched so they could see I intended no harm. They said it was okay and after they found out their friend was not on the light crew they left. I met John Cudia, Jennifer Hope Wills and a few other cast members after that I went on my merry way home to conclude my 41st time at phantom!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I wrote this song a few years ago, I love Barry Manilow, my favorite song by him is the copacobana. So I wrote a crossover song and here it is! Enjoy my parody!


Her name was Christine, she was a dancer

With pink ribbons in her hair & dance slippers up to here

She would plie in first position

And while she tried to be a star

Erik always tended rafters

Across the crowded stage, they played from 8 to 12

They were young and they had each other

Who could ask for more?

At the Opera, The Paris Opera

The hottest spot North of the Louvre

At the Opera, the Paris Opera

Music and passion were always in fashion

As the Opera…they fell in love

His name was Raoul

He had a title

He was escorted to his box, he saw Christine dancing there

And when she finished, he applauded

But Raoul went a bit too far

Erik sailed across the stage

And then the lassos flew and scenes were smashed in two

There was blood and a single Punjab

But just who punjabbed who?

At the Opera, The Paris Opera

The hottest spot North of the Louvre

At the Opera, the Paris Opera

Music and passion were always in fashion

As the Opera…they fell in love

At the Opera…she lost her love

Her name is Christine, she was a dancer

But that was 30 years ago when there used to be a show

Now it’s up for auction, but not for Christine

Still in the tutu she used to wear

Faded ribbons in her hair

She sits there so refined, and drinks herself half-blind

She lost her youth and she lost her Erik

Now she’s lost her mind

At the Opera, The Paris Opera

The hottest spot North of the Louvre

At the Opera, the Paris Opera

Music and passion were always in fashion

As the Opera…they fell in love

At the Opera…don’t fall in love

Don’t fall in love

Don’t fall in love

Friday, June 11, 2010

NYC cast list update

Here's a cast list update to NYCs Broadway cast! I'm aiming to read the third book in the Sadie Montgomery series - as well as re-reading phantom books I have read before because you know I just HAVE to, and re-watching the movies yet again so I can post some reviews for my precious blog - this blog is like my child!

NYC cast update 

In case you need it - here's the link to the official ALW site as well!

Official ALW site

Monday, June 7, 2010

It's my Phaniversary

Sixteen years ago today I saw The Phantom of the Opera for the first time on Broadway! Who knew that after 16 years, 40 times of seeing the Broadway show, 1 trip to Sgouros & Bell, 1 trip to the Y/K phantom at Hofstra, and reading countless phan phiction, not to mention seeing many of the different movies that I would still be a phantom phan! Cheers to 16 years of this blogger being a phantom phan!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

ALWs Phantom of the Opera to be performed in High Schools

According to abcnews.com Phantom of the Opera will now allow the rights to the show to be performed in High Schools. If this happens I could be traveling to a lot of city and Long Island high schools in the future to see my show.

Phantom Available to High School theatres

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June's Sexy Phantom

Since I have been praising the Sgouros & Bell Phantom so much, and since it's the beginning of June and time for a new sexy phantom of the month, I have decided that it's only fitting that this month's sexy Phantom should be Eric Fletcher. I hope he is not offended. So Phatom lovers everywhere who read my blog - enjoy June's sexy Phantom. Perhaps I should create a calendar for 2011 with just sexy phantom pictures ;)

Sgouros & Bell Phantom in the NY times

That beautiful Phantom of the Opera musical by Sgouros & Bell has made it to the NY times theater directory. Here's the link!

Sgouros & Bell Phantom in the NY times