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Have you heard spirits singing? Have you ever heard singers singing on spirit tones? Are you ready to be enchanted and possess by the Phantom of the Opera, Manila?

This world’s famous and successful musical-theatrical long running show on Broadway will staged show in the Philippines from a limited time from Aug. 25 2012 to Oct. 14, 2012 at the CCP(Cultural Center of the Philippines) Main Theater. Tickets are available at any TicketWorld Outlets : (1)National BookStore branches; CUBAO SUPER BRANCH, Shangri-La Plaza, Market Market Extension, ROCKWELL Power Plant Mall, Quezon Avenue, Harrison Plaza, Glorietta 5,and Alabang Commercial Center; (2) Robinsons Department Stores Business Center; Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place, Robinsons Festival Mall, Robinsons Starmills San Fernando, Robinsons Metro East, Robinsons Davao, Robinsons Place Cebu; (3)Ayala Malls/Trinoma; Greenbelt 1, TriNoma;(4) CCP Box Office ;(5) SHANGRI-LA Makati; (6)Music Museum;(7) Teatrino Promenade; (8)Resorts World Manila, Main Lobby Box-Office;(9)Eastwood Mall, Concierge Section (Ground Floor);(10)Ticketworld Head Office;(11) TicketWorld Website;(12) Barkada Tix on Facebook.

What is the Phantom of the Opera?

The Phantom of the Opera “….tells the story of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano – Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide…” It was a masterpiece theatrical play created and written by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and produce by British theatrical producer Tim McFarlane, directed by Harold Prince and will be open or will begin to stage the play on August 25,2012.

The Phantom of the Opera “….has been seen by over 130 million people worldwide, in more than 27 countries, has won over 50 major theatre awards, and has grossed more than US$5.6 billion…” and continues to play on theatrical theaters “….nightly in London, New York and around the world…”

According to Managing Producer of The Phantom of the Opera Tim McFarlane ,not only the famous musical play hits the box office on European countries and New York but also on Asia-Pacific region Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul, and is expecting to be a hit also in the Philippines.

“…This touring production of The Phantom Of The Opera is as fine as any version you might see on the West End or Broadway – it is the same superb design, and we invest a great deal to ensure it is of the highest standards. Our stellar cast assembles the industry’s best performers, with members coming from the UK, USA, Australia and South Africa to join forces. The Phantom of the Opera has enjoyed huge success throughout the Asia-Pacific region, having experienced sold-out seasons in cities such as Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul, and I am confident that audiences in Manila will welcome the production with equal enthusiasm.”

Added to that big expectation of the Managing producer of The Phantom of the Opera, Tim McFarlane,the Chief Executive Officer of the Lunchbox Theatrical Productions ,James Cundall which presents the “The Phantom of the Opera” in Manila Philippines believes on the Filipinos worthiness to serve such “..superb show which epitomizes all that is great about musical theatre – unbelievable music, a powerfully moving story, lavish sets and costumes, and most importantly, superb audience entertainment. …”

“…To bring the world’s most popular musical to such a musically-gifted nation as The Philippines has been a long-term dream. It is a superb show which epitomizes all that is great about musical theatre – unbelievable music, a powerfully moving story, lavish sets and costumes, and most importantly, superb audience entertainment. The Phantom Of The Opera is a worldwide sensation which will take Philippine audiences on an unforgettable musical theatre journey…”
Moreover, James Cundall, the touring of the “The Phantom of the Opera” is complicated theatrical productions considering it is a show that is big, brilliant and bold show wherein they carry twenty five forty foot container vans filled with one hundred ten tons of scenery and two hundred thirty costumes and either ninety or one hundred thirty cast and crews according to him.

“…With 130 cast, crew and orchestra members, jaw-dropping scenery, breathtaking special effects and more than 230 costumes by international designer, the late Maria Björnson, The Phantom Of The Opera contains some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous and stirring music, including “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Music of the Night”….”

Consumer Business Manager of Citibank Philippines, Sergio Zanatti is also glad to announce an advanced preview or show prior to the general public main show beginning on August 25, 2012 to their loyal credit cardholders and bank clients : “..We are pleased to once again open the way for a world class production to come to Manila and perform to local audiences. This early, the news of the Phantom of the Opera being staged in Manila has received wide support and the positive feedback from our clients has been encouraging.”

As well as the presenting partner of the production of the “The Phantom of the Opera” in regards to audio service, Hi-Definition Radio Inc.,its Chief Executive Officer(CEO) is also excited and glad or express gladness : “..As a promoter for the past 30 years of various top-name concerts in The Philippines, being a part of the greatest Broadway musical in the world is a dream come true!…”

The Phantom of the Opera or Le Fantôme de l’Opéra is a novel written by a French writer name Gaston Leroux which was first published at the French Daily Newspaper, Le Gaulois, which was founded in 1868 by Edmond Tarbe and Henri de Pene and was published as mini-series from September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910.However,the book publication of it or its publication from a mini-series from the French Daily Newspaper, Le Gaulois into book form was poorly patronized and was went out of publication due to its poor patronage by the reading public; but its film and stage adaptation or film and theatrical adaptation of it is the one that brings success to it for it shows to the public the “Spirit” or “phantom” on it which when read on book, it is quite boring and can’t see any “Spirit” on reading it, thus it is poorly patronized on book form or book publication.

In my opinion, it is the music and the cinematographical depiction on theatrical stage and on film which makes it a hit on the public and thus winning seven prestigious New York Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards and three Olivier Awards.

“..The timeless, romantic and much-loved musical has been honoured with seven prestigious New York Tony Awards, among them the Tony for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards and three Olivier Awards…”
The Phantom in the Opera or the Spirit in the Opus play is a real person and not a “ghostly” entity that entices the opera or that mess up the opus being staged if the main protoganist never answer the suppose to be phantom or the one the scares the opus or the “Faust” Opera. Erik is the name of the anti -and-protoganist of the novel “The Phantom of the Opera” and Christine was the girl Erik is mad about.Erik pretends to be a phantom that mess up the opera because he wants to get Christine the main girl on the opera.Erik was a poor guy who needs and longs for love and affection and was fell in love with Christine and he kidnaps her by messing up the Opera hoping that Christine will also be in love with him despite of his ugly face or countenance.
“…The novel opens with a prologue in which Gaston Leroux claims that Erik, the “Phantom of the Opera”, was a real person…. After the chandelier crashes, Erik kidnaps Christine to his home in the cellars and reveals his true identity. He plans to keep her there only a few days, hoping she will come to love him, and Christine begins to find herself attracted to her abductor. But she causes Erik to change his plans when she unmasks him and, to the horror of both, beholds his face, which according to the book, resembles the face of a rotting corpse. Erik goes into a mad frenzy, stating she probably thinks his face is another mask, digging her fingers in to show it was really his face, and shouting, “I am Don Juan Triumphant!” and crawls away, crying. Fearing that she will leave him, he decides to keep her with him forever, but after two weeks, when Christine requests release, he agrees, on condition that she would wear his ring and be faithful to him…”