Phantom of the Opera
A Musical Play based on the novel by Gaston Leroux : Book and Lyrics by Ken Hill; Arrangements and Incidental Music by Alasdair MacNeill
Gaston Leroux's classic tale of tragedy, grand opera, romance and horror has been masterfully adapted by Ken Hill, the author of Mummy's Tomb and The Curse of the Werewolf (also handled by Samuel French), into a musical play which preserves all of the excitement and passion of the much-loved original, underscored by a strong current of comedy as well. The Phantom, born with a monstrously disfigured face but the voice of an angel, haunts the Paris Opera House and falls in love with Christine, a young chorus girl. He terrorizes the management in order to further Christine's career, while preying upon her childlike innocence to force her to love him in return. But Raoul, Christine's true love, intends to fight for her to the end ... The magnificent score is based upon original arias from the operas of Verdi, Gounod, Bizet and others, delightfully arranged by Alasdair MacNeill.
- "... Hill hits perfect pitch: at once melodramatic and irrestistibly chucklesome." City Limits
- "... honed to hilarious perfection..." What's On
- M 15 F9, doubling possible
- Various interior and exterior scenes in and around the Paris Opera House
Keyboards 1 and 2, Oboe, Bass, Percussion, Horn