‘The Phantom of the Opera’ Fans Are Worried the Show Will Change When Live Theater Is Allowed Again

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The musical The Phantom of the Opera opened in London’s West End in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988. On Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running present, and it’s the second longest-running present within the West End.

The unique model of The Phantom of the Opera is beloved by followers. While some productions have undergone adjustments that deviate from the unique on Broadway and within the West End, a majority of followers choose the unique model. Right now, productions in London and New York City are halted because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and followers are anxious the musical shall be completely different when it returns.

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Kyle Barisich, Hugh Panaro and Sierra Boggess carry out at “The Phantom Of The Opera” Broadway 25th Anniversary in 2013 | John Lamparski/WireImage

Rumors started in regards to the present altering

In March 2020, the West End present went on a hiatus because of the coronavirus. A number of months later in June 2020, it was introduced the present wouldn’t open once more till 2021. With the prolonged closure, it was introduced that Her Majesty’s Theatre would endure wanted refurbishments.

This announcement led an unconfirmed rumor to flow into that the present itself can be revamped.

“Apparently the plan is to renovate the theatre and bring in an ‘all new production’, like what recently happened with the West End production of Les Misérables. This ‘all-new’ production would reportedly reduce the size of the orchestra to the size of the of the touring version… The Gillian Lynne’s choreography and Hal Prince’s staging would be updated,” a fan speculated on theatrefan.co.uk.

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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ followers began a petition

To attempt to cease the rumored adjustments, followers of the musical began a petition asking producer Cameron Mackintosh to not change the unique West End manufacturing.

“In 2012, a Restaged UK Tour was launched… This tour is in fact, almost completely different from the iconic musical that is Phantom, save for some costumes and the music. Currently, it looks as if there could be some truth to the rumors that Cameron Mackintosh wants to change and/or replace the original version of the show with some or all of the Restaged version,” reads the petition.

The description of the petition continues, “All of these changes and redundancies would not only mean he would have to spend less on the production, but would not have to pay royalties to the late Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne, who were instrumental in creating the original version… Updating technology or facilities at the theatre might be necessary and even welcome to make the experience better for patrons and easier for the crew to run the show. But the design and core of the show should be left untouched.”

The musical’s creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber, informed followers that he was doing every part he may to maintain the unique from being modified.

“Please believe me. I’m doing everything in my power to ensure that when the Phantom returns it is the brilliant original – ALW,” the composer tweeted.

The West End manufacturing of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ closed

For the previous few months, it has appeared that Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber usually are not on the identical web page in relation to The Phantom of the Opera. In July 2020, Mackintosh introduced the West End manufacturing was “permanently” shut down with hopes to at some point carry the present again.

However, Lloyd Webber posted a video on Twitter the place he denied that the present closed.

“Now let that be a dire warning to anybody who says we won’t get Phantom back up there even better than it was before I hope. We’re going to have the original production and it will be fantastic,” he said.

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