"I never promised you a rose garden. I never promised you perfect justice . . .The only reality I offer is challenge, and being well is being free to accept it or not at whatever level you are capable. I never promise lies, and the rose-garden world of perfection is a lie"
See what I did there? Ahaha very lame, yeah.
*My* top five favorite portrayals of both “Christine” and “Erik/The Phantom” from Phantom of the Opera on stage.
Top 5 Christines (in no particular order and mostly based on voice because of Youtube - though partly based on acting as well….hence why Sarah Brightman isn’t in there):
1. Rachel Barrell
2. Rebecca Caine (her voice is just wow)
3. Claire Moore
4. Gina Beck
5. TOO HARD TO CHOOSE - gosh this is a lot harder than I thought it would be but then again Phantom’s been playing for almost thirty (DEAR GOD) years.
Top 5 Phantoms (in no particular order):
1. John Owen Jones
2. Ramin Karimloo
3. Gary Mauer
4. Hugh Panaro
5. aaand giving some credit to John Cudia because I saw him on Broadway and while he wasn’t my favorite, he was still my first Broadway Phantom.
Anne Hathaway singing “If I Could Only Dream This World Away”. Set to video clips from the 2004 movie production of Phantom of the Opera.
- Comment on Youtube
It’s embarrassing too, haha. Bonus for you guys!
It was around the time that I was starting to get into Phantom of the Opera after watching the movie (I was roughly twelve years old) that I came across this interview with Gerard Butler on Youtube. The interview itself wasn’t very memorable, but the troll in the comments was.
This person commented saying something like, ‘Yeah, he [Gerard] used to have those facial scars and burns and stuff, but with the money from the movie he was able to get surgery and have it fixed and stuff’.
Worst part: I believe it for like, a day. That was it. Then I realized my stupidity and can really only laugh at it now because I had really tried to forget the face-palm fail of mine.
When did Ramin Karimloo turn 34 years old?!? I swear, the last time I checked, he was only thirty - maybe even twenty-nine. Have I arrived here in a time-machine, my God!
Couldn’t not reblog. Better singers out there for the roles, but I liked their characterizations anyhow. Oh, and Emmy’s individual work is awesome.
Phantom of the Opera title song
The video is set to Phantom of the Opera clips, but the music is the theme from Edward Scissorhands, “Ice Dance”. It’s so beautiful and calming to listen to.
All I ask of you - Phantom of the Opera
Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime
Say the word and I will follow you