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Phantom of the Opera
Transcript of Phantom of the Opera
Musical (not an opera)
Written in 1986 by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on a French novel
Takes place in Paris, France in the late 1800's
Most of it takes place in the Paris Opera House
Difference between an opera and musical
All singing and no
Even the speaking parts
Has speaking parts that
are NOT sung
Mix between singing and
Opera and Musical
Play with a story line
Uses an orchestra
Has singing and dancing
We will be listening to the "Phantom of the Opera" and following along with the script
Always listen intently
Always be following along
Ask questions in between scenes
Keep an open mind
Don't give anything away!
NO talking about the movie!!!!
Prologue: The Stage of the Paris Opera House
The musical opens on the bare stage of the Opera House in Paris in 1911. An auction is underway, and set pieces from the old theatre are being sold. Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, an elderly man in a wheelchair, purchases a unique monkey music box that seems to hold special meaning for him. Lot 666 is then up, which is an old chandelier. The auctioneer mentions that the chandelier was involved in the "strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera, a mystery never fully explained." He illuminates the chandelier and it rises to the ceiling of the theatre (Overture)
Scene 1: Rehearsals for “Hannibal”
Sets and curtains rise from the stage floor, and the action shifts to 1881. The Opera Populaire is active and open, and a rehearsal for Hannibal is underway with Carlotta, Piangi and the ballet. Monsieur Lefevre, the owner, arrives and announces that he has sold the theatre to two new managers, Monsieurs Firmin and Andre. They observe two of the ballet dancers, Meg Giry and her friend, Christine Daae, with some curiosity. But, Christine is distracted during the dance and messes up many times. Carlotta, the resident diva, demands that they should look at her, and not the dancing girls and tries to leave. Andre asks her to sing an aria, to stop her from leaving ("Think of Me"). She complies, but in the middle of the song, a backdrop suddenly falls dangerously close to her. The entire company is thrown into chaos, blaming the accident on the Opera Ghost. Carlotta is badly shaken.
She tells the managers that she has dealt with such incidents for several years, and that she has no desire to continue the practice. She quits, taking Piangi with her. A quick consult with Reyer reveals that there are no understudies for Carlotta. The managers lament having to cancel the show, but Meg quickly suggests that they consider Christine. While they do not wish to entertain the idea at first, Madame Giry convinces them to listen to her sing. Christine starts her song tentatively, but eventually impresses the entire company with her voice and is given the role. During the song the lights dim, and Christine walks downstage in full costume, performing in the opera. The managers and Raoul look on from the stage box. Raoul is particularly impressed; he remembers Christine from their childhood and is thrilled to see her.
Scene 2: After the Gala
After the performance, Madame Giry praises Christine and castigates the ballet girls, forcing them to practice into the night. The Phantom's voice is heard as he commends Christine on that nights performance. Meg sneaks away from the rehearsal to find Christine outside her dressing room. She expresses her delight in her friend's change of fortune, but wonders how it came about. Christine tells Meg that she has been visited by the Angel of Music, a mysterious figure who brings her joy and frightens her at the same time. She says that the Angel of Music tutors her in singing in the night. She thinks this Angel is an angel sent by her father, whom she misses dearly. The two discuss the issue in song ("Angel of Music") until Madame Giry arrives to retrieve Meg and deliver a note from Raoul.
Scene 3: Christine’s Dressing Room
The managers bring Raoul to Christine's dressing room. She is pleased to see him, and reminisces with him about times past ("Little Lotte"). She also tells him about the Angel of Music, explaining that he is the angel that her father was going to send her. He invites her to dinner, but she says that she cannot go out because the Angel of Music is very strict, and would be angry. When Raoul leaves, the Phantom sings to Christine, still under the guise of the Angel of Music, his displeasure known that he is trying to court her ("Angel of Music/The Mirror"). Christine pleads for his forgiveness and begs the Phantom to show himself. He complies, revealing himself behind Christine's mirror. The mirror panel slides back, revealing a tunnel; the Phantom extends his hand and Christine follows him behind the mirror, enchanted by this angel which has been sent by her beloved father. Raoul returns, only to find the dressing room empty.
Scene 4: The Labyrinth Underground
The Phantom brings Christine through a series of underground tunnels and, finally, across a lake filled with candles ("The Phantom of the Opera"). They eventually arrive at his subterrean lair, where he entreats her to sing for him.
Scene 5: Beyond the Lake, the Next Morning
He explains his love of music and darkness to Christine, seducing her with his voice and words ("Music of the Night"). He shows her a mannequin he has crafted in her image, wearing a wedding dress; the sight is too startling for her and she faints.
Scene 6: The next morning
The next morning, Christine sees the Phantom bent over his organ, composing ("I Remember..."). She decides to see why he hides beneath a mask and is horrified by his deformed appearance underneath the mask. The Phantom rounds on her and chases her about the lair, all the while hiding his deformity from the audience. Only Christine has seen his face. He explains that he wanted her to love him for himself, and not care about his face. He challeneges her to look at his face and in the end they finally both fall to the ground in tears. Sobbing, the Phantom tries to explain that he only wants to be like everyone else, and that he hopes she will learn to love him in spite of his face. She returns his mask and the two have a moment of understanding before he abruptly decides to return her to the surface. The two exit ("Stranger than You Dreamt It").
Scene 7: Backstage
As the Phantom and Christine sneak back into the theatre, Joseph Buquet regales the ballet girls with terrible tales of the mysterious Opera Ghost ("Magical Lasso"). Madame Giry warns him to keep quiet about the Ghost for his own sake.
Scene 8: The Managers Office
In the managers' office, Firmin, Andre, Raoul and Carlotta puzzle over several cryptic notes they have received from "O.G." ie, the Opera Ghost. Raoul blames the managers for his note, which warns him to stay away from Christine. Carlotta accuses Raoul of sending her letter, which demands that she relinquish her leading role in the Opera to Christine. Madame Giry arrives with another note, in which the Phantom tells the managers to keep Box Five free for him, give the leading role in the opera Il Muto to Christine, and relegate Carlotta to a silent bit part ("Notes"). Carlotta accuses Raoul of orchestrating the whole event and claims that he has had an affair with Christine. The managers promise her that she will keep her leading role, and attempt to woo her back to the opera through extreme flattery ("Prima Donna"). At Il Muto that night, Carlotta indeed plays the role of the Countess; Christine is the mute pageboy.
Scene 9: A Performance of “Ill Muto”
Raoul boldly decides to sit in Box Five to watch the show. The performance goes off according to plan ("Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh") until the Phantom appears on the proscenium arch. He taunts Carlotta and makes her croak like a toad. She flees, hysterical, into Piangi's arms, and the managers promise that the show will resume with Christine as the Countess. The ballet chorus is sent out to entertain the waiting crowd, but their performance turns dark when their pastoral backdrop lifts to reveal the corpse of Joseph Buquet hanging from the rafters with a noose around his neck. In the ensuing melee, Christine finds Raoul and takes him to the roof where they will be safe.
Scene 10: The roof of the opera house
On the roof, a terrified Christine tries to tell Raoul that she has seen the Phantom's face,a dn been abducted to his lair ("Why Have You Brought Me Here?/Raoul, I've Been There"). Christine hears the Phantom, but Raoul looks around and sees no one. Raoul does not believe her, but promises to love and protect her always ("All I Ask of You"). Christine returns his affection and the two make plans to see each other after the show. After Christine and Raoul head back downstairs, the Phantom emerges from behind a stone angel on the roof. It is apparent that he has heard the entire conversation. He is heartbroken over the loss of Christine, and his sobs grow louder as he hears Christine and Raoul sing their love song but eventually the sorrow turns to rage and he vows vengeance ("All I ask of You (Reprise)"). Returning to the theatre, he sends the chandelier crashing down on the stage during the curtain call. But, Raoul pulls Christine out of the way in the nick of time.
Scene 1: The Staircase of the Opera House
The managers and company of the Opera converge on the grand staircase for a lavish New Year's masquerade ball ("Masquerade"). Christine and Raoul are now engaged. Christine insists on keeping this a secret and hides her ring on a necklace, to Raoul's dismay. At the height of the action, the Phantom enters, dressed as the title character from Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death. He announces that he has written an opera, and that he expects the managers to produce it ("Why So Silent...?"). He also confronts Christine and rips her engagement ring from her neck before disappearing, saying that she belongs to him.
Scene 2: Backstage
Raoul confronts Madame Giry and convinces her to tell him about the Phantom. She reveals a few key secrets, but will not divulge all she knows.
Scene 3: The Managers Office
The Phantom's opera, Don Juan Triumphant, causes chaos and arguments among the managers and actors. Christine, who has been granted the largest part in the opera, which angers everyone, tells the managers she does not wish to perform because she is afraid that the Phantom will capture her and never let her go. Raoul realizes that they can use the opera as a trap to capture the Phantom ("Notes/Twisted Every Way"). Meanwhile, the Phantom makes his presence known in the manager's office, which silents all rebellion.
Scene 4: A Rehearsal of “Don Juan Triumphant”
During a rehearsal for the opera, the Phantom again makes his presence known by making a piano play by itself. Everyone sing along machanically, except for Christine.
Scene 5: A Graveyard
She is afraid of the Phantom, so she visits her father's grave to try to make sense of the situation. She wishes her father was there to help her because he was once a good friend of hers ("Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again"). The Phantom appears and sings to her, again in the guise of the soul of her father, The Angel Of Music. ("Wandering Child"). The Phantom very nearly has her under his spell again when Raoul enters the scene and shakes Christine back to reality before she reaches the Phantom. The two men verbally spar, while the Phantom shoots fireballs down at Raoul, but Christine persuades Raoul to run away with her and ends the confrontation. Enraged, the Phantom declares that they are both his enemies now.
Scene 6: Before the Premiere
Scene 7: Don Juan Triumphant
With Raoul's preparations in place and the police on hand, Don Juan Triumphant begins ("Don Juan"). Christine, playing the lead opposite Piangi, appears onstage to sing ("Point of No Return"). Halfway through her duet with "Don Juan," she realizes she is actually singing with the Phantom, and pulls the hood that he has around his face off to show everyone. The Phantom gives her a ring and expresses his love, saying that she will lead him from his solitude. Christine is too afraid to love him now, so she rips off his mask on stage to reveal to everyone the horrible face that only she had known. Before the police can intervene, the Phantom whisks Christine offstage. Chaos ensues. Piangi is discovered dead, and a mob sets out to track down the Phantom once and for all.
Scene 8: The Labyrinth Underground
Phantom and Christine travel the lake underground. Madame Giry finds Raoul, takes him to the bridge above the lake, and tells him where to find the Phantom. She warns him of the Punjab lasso, telling him to keep his "hand at the level of (his) eyes."
Scene 9: Beyond the Lake
Down in the lair, the Phantom has forced Christine to put on the wedding dress ("Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer"). He intends to keep her as his bride. Christine asks him if she is now to be murderded also, and the Phantom responds that his face is the reason that she won't love him. Christine responds that she isn't afraid of his face, but his soul. Raoul arrives, having swam across the lake. The Phantom admits him to the lair, and then snares him in the Punjab lasso. The Phantom offers Christine a choice: if she refuses him Raoul will die; if she accepts him, Raoul will live but she will be trapped there forever. In the denouement the three sing: the Phantom insisting that she must choose, Raoul apologizing and expressing his love for Christine, saying that she should not give her life away for him, and Christine telling the Phantom that he deceived her and is not her friend. The Phantom refuses.
Finally, Christine makes her choice and kisses the Phantom. Stunned by the kiss, which is the first real human love he has ever felt, he sets Raoul free and tells him to take Christine. He asks them both to swear to keep his existence a secret. As Christine and Raoul leave, the music box begins to play. Christine returns alone, to return the Phantom's ring. He tells her that he loves her, and she forces herself to turn away. She and Raoul leave in the Phantom's boat, singing to each other. The Phantom declares that only Christine can make his song take flight. He sits down in his throne and pulls his cape around him. The mob arrives at the Phantom's lair, climbing down the portcullis. Meg slips through the bars in the gate and runs around looking for Christine. She notices the chair and cautiously walks over to it. Pulling back the cape, she discovers it empty, save for the Phantom's white mask. Meg picks up the mask and holds it aloft as a single light shining on the mask fades into darkness.
40 feet in diameter
Cost 30,000 gold Francs
Famous for falling from the ceiling during a performance
The "Grand Staircase"