Thanks to Andrew Lloyd Weber, most people hear the words The Phantom of the Opera and instantly think of an actor wearing a white half-mask and belting out “Music of the Night” on Broadway. However, Gaston Leroux’s original novel was not necessarily the sappy love story that Broadway fans squeal about. While the basic premise is the same as Weber’s musical adaption, Leroux’s book was more akin to Sherlock Holmes than anything else.
Leroux’s Erik (the Phantom’s real name) was not the tragic Broadway hottie who paraded around on stage, he was a 50-something year old man who wore a full face mask because he had no nose and literally looked like a walking, talking skeleton. The novel also had more of a “murder mystery” air and was much kinder to Raoul de Chagny, who was determined to figure out why his crush Christine Daee disappeared and was suddenly avoiding him.
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Many die-hard Disney fans fondly remember the Mouse’s version of Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which featured Demi Moore as the pretty dancer Esmeralda, Tony Jay as Claude Frollo, and Tom Hulce as Quasimodo. Now, La Jolla Playhouse is proud to host the U.S. premiere of the stage adaption, which is directed by Stephen Schwartz and running until December 14, 2014.
The trailer for the musical gives Disney fans a sneak peek at the live-action versions of Quasimodo, Phoebus, and Esmeralda. Plus, for those who don’t live on the West Coast and can’t get to La Jolla Playhouse in person to see it live, the trailer allows fans to get a glimpse of the stunning choreography and gorgeous costumes. Perhaps one day East Coast fans will be able to see it too, but until then, this awesome trailer will have to suffice.
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