The Phenomenal Phantom

It was in a word: Phenomenal

Jared and I arrived super early at the movie theatre this past Sunday after we went to Church (we got to hear Alex McFarland speak that morning.) So we just looked around for a bit before heading into the theatre, which was the nicest one I'd ever been into. I mean they served popcorn alongside wine for goodness sake!

After checking out all of the interesting movie posters for movie Classics like 'The Thing' plastering the concrete walls within the theatre we decided that even though we were still really early for the show that we'd go ahead and stake out our claim on some seats. Oh, and those were some awesome plushy seats I must say! They reclined back and had excellent lumbar support. ;) 

There were only a handful of people there surprisingly. I think Jared and I were like 2 out of 10 people that were there. The ones who weren't there obviously didn't know what they were missing out on because the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera was THE BEST thing I've ever seen! Hands down.

Sierra and Karimloo

Ramin (The Phantom) and Sierra (Christine) were both just so wonderful and I am anxiously awaiting the release of the DVD version of the 25th anniversary production sometime next year. I cannot wait to watch the passion unfold once more. The Phantom of the Opera is the most beautiful high romance story/musical ever! Honestly, the word EPIC doesn't even cover it!

Everything about the production was phantastic! The actors. The voices. The orchestra. The makeup and wardrobe. The story. The staged scenery. The lighting. Albert Hall. The wonderfully haunting music. They showed a short documentary on the history of The Phantom of The Opera and the making of the musical  before the live performance even started. While I knew most everything about the history and all of the little factoids that they were telling us about The Phantom (since I am a total Phantard and all) I still loved every minute of it! Jared was literally entranced during the documentary which totally made my heart melt. (Don't tell him I said that, okay!?) The after show was super amazing too.

I could just go on and on about this all day long! Sigh.

L-R: Sarah Brightman (the original Christine), Michael Crawford (the original Phantom), Sierra Boggess (Christine Daae) and Ramin Karimloo (the current Phantom)

I don't want to spoil the after show for you if you are going to watch this production when it comes out on DVD, but if you really wanna know what happened Google it or send me an e-mail, okay? I nearly cried.

So let me show you what some of the actors from the performance looked like, okay?

Here's The Love Triangle Below:


'The Phantom (Erik)' played by Ramin Karimloo

I must admit something. I kind of have a mini crush on Ramin Karimloo now. 
Yes, I sure do. Just look at him! ^^

L-R: Marius (Nick Jonas) and Enjolras (Ramin Karimloo)

He has also played the role of 'The Phantom (Erik)' in Love Never Dies as well as the role of 'Enjolras' in the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables.

Christine Daae

'Christine' played by Sierra Boggess

The Phantom (Ramin Karimloo) and Christine (Sierra Boggess)

Sierra as 'Ariel'
This girl has some seriously finely tuned Soprano pipes and she is just b e a u t i f u l!
She has played the roles of Christine Daae/Christine De Changy in POTO and Love Never Dies as well as the role of 'Ariel' in the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid.

Raoul De Changy

'Raoul' played by Hadley Fraser

Christine (Sierra Boggess) and Raoul (Hadley Fraser)

'Grantaire' played by Hadley Fraser

He has also played the roles of Grantaire and Javert in Les Miserables.

Speaking of Les Miz. Jared and I went to Barnes & Noble after we saw The Phantom live and I ended up buying the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Live Concert DVD. Yes, we watched two great musicals in one day! It was Phabulous! Jared actually loved both of the musicals, surprisingly. I am so thankful for my guy! He took me on the best date ever! He was even so sweet as to let me nerdily ramble on about all of the musicals I love so dearly for the whole day! =)

Now, how about you. Did you go see musical history in the making as well? 


  1. I would love the see the Phantom live! It has always been a favorite of mine! It sounds wonderful. :)

    I am back blogging again and I am catching up on everything I missed! I am enjoying reading your blog again so much! It is always a blessing. :)

  2. Aw, thanks! I'm so glad you're back to blogging, Marie! xoxo

  3. I'm glad you had such a fabulous time! I might have to get a copy of that DVD myself.


    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had begun watching the movie with a friend quite a few years ago but we got distracted and never finished.
    My mom really wanted to go and I thought it would be fun, so we went after church. We barely got there in time, but there weren't many people in the theater.
    It was nothing short of AMAZING.

    I'm buying the recording with these actors the day it comes out (February 7th!!) and my mom is going to have my dad buy it on Blu-Ray for Valentine's Day.

  5. The 25th anniversary performance is just STUNNING! I can watch it over and over again. Oh, how I wish I had the opportunity to watch it live! One day, I've decided, I HAVE to go to London or anything to watch it live on stage! ^^
    It's nice to see that there are others who are as crazy about POTO as I am! :D