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It’s hard to believe I have loved Phantom of the Opera for five years. It is one of those musicals I have fallen in love with through the songs. My mom recommended the musical to me. I decided to request the musical on Pandora. The moment I heard the songs, I fell in love. I may not have known the plot yet, but I just loved the music. In that moment, I badly wanted to see the stage show. I heard it was coming to the Peace Center in May 2014, and I requested that my mom take me to see it.

When I went to see it with my mom, I was spellbound. I was choked up watching it. I could not take my eyes off of that stage. During the overture, I could not takes off the chandelier. The only time I moved was during the crashing of the chandelier. I fell in love with Christine during this production.

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So now five years later, I still love Phantom of the Opera. It is a hauntingly beautiful musical. I always loved Christine and Raoul together. I always knew that Phantom was too dangerous and destructive for her. Eventually I realized that Raoul would never hurt Christine. Some favorite Phantom of the Opera songs are “All I Ask of You”, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, “Music Of the Night”, “Angel of Music”, “Think of Me”, and “Phantom of the Opera”. Just wanted to say that I have loved Phantom for five years now.

Are you a fan of Phantom of the Opera? If so, why?

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Non-Ironic Heartbreaking Love Musical Theatre Songs

A couple days ago, I wrote a list of those heartbreaking love musical theatre songs that are ironic. But what about those heartbreaking songs that are not ironic at all. Those are the types of songs that are sung by characters whose stories revolve around unrequited love, the plot is a tragic love story, or something like that. Here is my list of those sort of songs.

1. On My Own- Eponine’s story revolves around unrequited love. I owe this song a lot. After all, it helped me realize that “I’m Not That Girl” is heartbreaking. It took me an entire year to know this song was heartbreaking. Eponine’s unrequited love story is one of the most intriguing ones in musical theatre.

2. All I ask Of You (Reprise)- Just like Eponine, Phantom’s story revolves around unrequited, but he does not take it very well.

3. As Long As He Needs Me

4. Somewhere- in West Side Story, the songs get more and more heartbreaking as the musical continues. This one is right near the end.

Favorite Songs From Phantom of the Opera

Now, I will talk about my favorite songs. I do not think I have a top ten favorite list of Phantom songs. Now here are my favorite Phantom of the Opera songs.

1. Overture- this is the first time I included an overture in the series. Well, it is just the most perfect overture. When I saw the musical at the Peace Center in 2014, the moment the overture started, I just couldn’t take eyes off of that chandelier. It gives you an overall taste of the mood that Phantom of the Opera is: the overture is both haunting and beautiful.

2. Think of Me- such a gorgeous song. That is really why I love this song.

3. Angel of Music – same reason why I love Think of Me.

4. Phantom of the Opera- the reason why I love this song is that you finally get to meet the Phantom. It is just gives you this overall haunting feeling.

5. Music of the Night- this is just a very very beautiful song. This is my favorite song that the Phantom gets to sing.

6. All I Ask of You- just a gorgeous duet between Christine and Raoul. It shows just how much the two of them love each other. It shows that Raoul will protect Christine. It shows just how perfect of a couple the two of them are.

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7. Masquerade- I love looking at all of the beautiful costumes in this number. It is also a very beautiful number. It seems that a lot of my reasons for loving various numbers is for their beauty.

8. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again- what I love about this song is both its beauty and the heartbreaking nature behind it. It shows just how much Christine loved her father and that she is still grieving his death.

 

Most of my favorite songs in Phantom of the Opera are beautiful songs. Of course I love the title songs, which isn’t beautiful, but actually haunting. I love how the musical isn’t fully haunting, but instead hauntingly beautiful.

 

 

 

Who is Christine?

I really wanted to include Christine on this series. The annoying thing is I barely know who she is, but I will try.

Major Spoilers:

Christine is about 16 years old in Phantom of the Opera. She is a ballet dancer still mourning the death of her father at the beginning of the show. She is being trained by her “angel of music”, who she thinks is being sent by her father. However, she has not idea it is really the Phantom using and manipulating her. Eventually Christine became the star of a show when Carlotta stormed out of the theatre and that is when Raoul recognized Christine. Throughout “Angel of Music”, you meet her best friend, Meg. When the two meet up for the first time, you can tell that they used to be childhood sweethearts at one point in their lifetime. Christine is eventually seduced, manipulated and kidnapped by the Phantom, who she eventually realizes is her “angel of music”.  She is somewhat fascinated by him it seems, but once she sees his deformed, she is terrified of him. Christine has gone through so much and has basically been used by the Phantom.

She confesses her worries and fears to Raoul. This is when their romance truly blossoms. Christine has found someone she can truly trust and knows that he will protect her. She always struggles with the death of her father. Towards the end, she gets kidnapped once again and has a tough decision to make: either stay with the Phantom or have Raoul kidnapped. So here is a 16 girl dealing with the loss of her father and being manipulated and controlled by a mysterious guy: she goes through a lot through the course of the story. The Phantom always wants her to be the star of every show. She recognizes that it is in his soul where his true deformity really is. Christine is a very very hard character to get to know: I almost feel like it is easier to get to know both Raoul and Phantom.

I wish I knew why I love Christine, but I really don’t know why.

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Who is Raoul?

Just like a group of other characters on this blog, Raoul is part of other love triangles on this blog. I feel like he is under-appreciated by fans on this blog.

The best way I know to analyze Raoul is to analyze bits of the Phantom on this post. Many Phantom of the Opera fans felt like Christine and Phantom should have ended up together, but I disagree. I feel like Phantom is way too dangerous for Christine. Raoul is a character who will never hurt Christine and loves her in a less destructive way than the Phantom. I love Christine and Raoul as a couple and they are perfect as a couple. Just like Marius, people dislike Raoul for the most absurd of reasons. Raoul wants to protect Christine from the Phantom. Crazy how in order to analyze Raoul, I had to analyze Phantom on this post.

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Who is the Phantom?

In my opinion, the Phantom is the antagonist of Phantom of the Opera.

Possible Spoilers:

He is a very mysterious and dark character. He is a troubled man with a very tragic and horrible past. He has been judged his entire life for his deformed face and was never shown love or compassion growing up. He is ashamed of his face so he hides it by wearing the mask. He falls in love with Christine, but that love falls unrequited, but he doesn’t deal with it well. He responds to his entire situation in revenge and in destructive ways. He wants everything to go his way. He wants Christine to be the star and tricks her by pretending to be her “angel of music”.

Phantom manipulatives Christine on multiple occasions. He threatens the Opera house in many house. He causes the chandelier to fall during a performance. So he does many destructive things during the course of the show. When Christine falls in love with Raoul, he feels betrayed and seeks even more revenge, and he plans to kill Raoul and wants Christine all to himself. In the final lair scene, he makes Christine choose between having him kill Raoul or staying with him. But through an act of compassion shown by Christine, he finally lets them go. Christine kisses him and that allows Phantom to let him go. The Phantom does not know how to handle situations well and cannot accept his deformed face and has led a very tragic life.

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College Musicals

What do I mean by college musicals? These are the musicals I fell in love with during my years at college. Some of them come to mind a lot. A good chunk of them are meaningful. I am going to make a list of what musicals they are.

1. Les Mis- this is the most obvious. I fell in love with it in my first year of college and that was in 2012-2013. First saw the movie December 2012 and was confused and shocked due to it being a tragedy and did not what to think of it. So had to give it a second chance until I could fall in love with this musical. By summer, I was obsessed with it. In 2013, I saw my first stage production of it 3x due to being an usher. In 2015, I saw the musical in the West End with my mom with an understudy as Jean Valjean. In 2017, I saw the stage show a 5th time in Greenville with my university with an understudy as Eponine. Les Mis taught me that tragic musicals exist and that I used to be 100% blind to heartbreak in musical. I learned that tragedies are so much more than I once thought.  There are so many wonderful reasons to love Les Mis. All because of Les Mis, I have a passion for musicals.

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2. Rent- I fell in love with it Fall 2012 through music alone. I don’t know when it was, but I soon realized the plot. This musical like Les Mis is sad. It took five years till I saw the musical live. Prior, I saw the film of the final broadway cast doing the stage show. But last year really was my first time seeing the stage show. It teaches you how to live life. It teaches you to live in love even in the face of fear and to live in the moment. My favorite couple in Rent is Mimi and Roger. Last year, I was an emotional wreck watching it.

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3. Phantom of the Opera- this musical started to enter my life 2013. My mom told me about Phantom of the Opera, and I automatically requested the song on Pandora. I fell in love with the songs and I wanted to eventually see the stage show. That Christmas I got a ticket in my stocking and so did my mom. In 2014 in May, my mom and I went to Greenville to see Phantom of the Opera. I was spellbound the moment the show began, and in the first act, I did not move until the chandelier fell. I was choked up watching it.

4. Newsies- this is one of the newest musicals of my life. I first heard the songs I think summer 2016, but I only enjoyed them. I first saw the stage show August 2016. Before seeing it, I heard it was Tony Award winning choreography, so I decided to not watch the dance ahead of time. This was the only show I have seen that is all males (well there are a couple females, but not much). I was mind-blown at the dancing: they were flipping, dancing on newspapers, jumping over each other and so many other amazing tricks. The story is so inspiring. The fact that these Newsboys stood up against Pulitzer is incredible. The relationship found between the Newsies is beautiful: they are basically one big family, and the intimate relationship between Jack and Crutchie is special. After seeing it live, I learned to love the songs.  I love how Jack is so protective of his brothers especially of Crutchie. He cannot bear to see his brothers hurt, which eventually leads him to go through an inner conflict.

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5. Music Man- this was a musical I saw at my university my first semester. Music Man was a musical that started my best year of musicals. I just love how light-hearted it is. It is one of the most light-hearted musicals I ever saw. I love how this con-man (Harold Hill) transformed this town. The romance between Harold Hill and Marian helped bring an emotional element to this show since the musical focuses on positive emotions a lot. So the romance helps bring an emotional element that the show needs.

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6. Pippin- I don’t when it was, but my dad had me listen to “Corner of the Sky”. The moment I heard the song, I wanted to see Pippin. Then I wanted to see it more after seeing the trailer. It seemed like they were doing a circus version of the show and I wanted to see it even more. Then I heard it was a Stephen Swartz musical and I knew that Pippin would be amazing because after all, he wrote the music to Wicked. I got my chance in 2015 when I went with my mom and we were lucky because when mom got tickets, there was one day left with seats together. This show had the antagonist as narrator and I loved Lisa Karlin’s portrayal of her. In “Magic to Do”, she was very playful with a small hint of evil. But during “Glory”, her voice represented darkness. She was very playful around Pippin to manipulative him in making the wrong decision so Pippin makes a lot of mistakes throughout the musical. The Leading Player is very crafty, dark, playful, and manipulative and I gained all of this from Lisa Karlin’s portrayal. After just one act, I wanted the soundtrack even after not hearing the act II songs.

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7. South Pacific- when I was still a student at community college, there was school cancelled due to snow days. A friend of my parents leant my family and I about six or so musical movie. South Pacific ended up being one of them. The main story is a love story between Emelie and Nellie during World War. It is a very romantic tale. It is my 2nd best Rodgers and Hammerstein musical: the first is Sound of Music. It songs are fun, romantic, and emotional. Like expected with Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, there is a 2nd love story, which is between Liat and Joe Cable. It does have an underlying story of racism.

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So here are some of my college musicals.