Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece has now been seen by over 140 million people worldwide and is currently playing its 34th year in London. Here’s how you can enjoy some of the music of the night in your own home…
Haunting the Hippodrome
When the original production first came to Birmingham Hippodrome for a three month run in 1988 it was the most technically advanced production ever to have visited the theatre, taking a three week period to prepare the stage and load in the sets and costumes. This is, to date, the only time the original production has played in Birmingham; a beautiful ‘reimagined’ version with new sets and costumes played from March – May in 2013.
Let the spectacle astound you
The closest you can get to watching the spectacular original production at home is with the 25th Anniversary Concert which took inspiration for all of the sets and costumes and transported them into the colossal setting of the Royal Albert Hall. Another option is the 2004 big screen adaptation starring Gerrard Butler and Emmy Rossum which takes the score and story and brings it to life in big, brash Hollywood style.
The Lord goes live
Last week, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber posted a video of him playing “All I Ask of You” from the show on his piano at home. Quickly, the entire orchestra from the London production posted their own videos of them playing the score from their places of isolation which came together in one beautiful rendition in this YouTube video…
One Man Phantom
Internet sensation, Nick Pitera is popular for his ‘one man’ versions of classic musicals. Nick’s rendition of songs from Phantom has to be one of his best, singing various roles including Christine, Raoul and the Phantom.
Love Never Dies
Finally, Lord Lloyd Webber opened his sequel to the blockbuster musical, Love Never Dies, in London’s West End in 2010; you can stream a recording of the Australian production filmed in 2012 here. Two of the stars of the original London production (who also played the lead roles in the Royal Albert Hall celebration), Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, came back together this week online to share one of their favourite songs from the show on YouTube…