It's for that reason that I'm so amazed and gratified that kismet has finally smiled upon me. I'm not even sure what I was doing last week when I was browsing around online but I stumbled over a page advertising the 25th anniversary of Phantom of the Opera. There would be another anniversary concert at Royal Albert Hall but they were going to telecast it LIVE to theaters across the US. At first I was devastated to realize that I had missed the live broadcast by only a couple days, but there were 3 additional rebroadcast dates. Here's the information:
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 25TH ANNIVERSARY
NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision are partnering to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s history-making The Phantom of the Opera with a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of the Royal Albert Hall. Broadway’s longest running show, seen by over 100 million people worldwide, comes to life on the big screen for a special event featuring over 200 cast members, orchestra musicians and luminaries involved with The Phantom of the Opera over the past 25 years.
The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for viewers to experience one of the most beloved musicals of all time from their local movie theater. Witness this LIVE cinema event on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pmET / 1:00pmCT / 12:00pmMT / 11:00amPT (HI/AK Tape Delayed at 2:00pm Local Time) with three additional showings on October 5, 6 and 11 at 7:30pm local time.
Now, the best part is that normally, I'm not sure if I would go even if I really wanted to. I might have mentioned it before but going to the movies by yourself or any play/musical just seems unbearably sad to me. I just cannot bring myself to do it. I'm not sure if I would have overcome to reluctance given just how rare an opportunity this is, but thankfully I don't have to. Once again, I posted on facebook soliciting for anyone interested to make a trip of it with me and once again I was greeted by silence from every single person except for Karen. She rules. After all these years I've finally found a person who wants to go to these types of things with me and it's just fantastic. So tomorrow I will be trekking to a local movie theater and watching Phantom.
As for Phantom, I still remember back in the day when I first listened to it and didn't actually care for it due to the operatic elements. I was expecting musicals to be more like Les Miserables or Miss Saigon, and Phantom seemed strange to me. I then had the chance to see it live in Chicago and seeing the production makes a huge difference compared to just listening to the soundtrack. I also went with friends to see the Phantom of the Opera movie when it came out 7 years ago. I still remember singing through almost the entire film with Melissa while John and Richard groused. And now, I'll get the chance to see the anniversary concert, which I'm told by austin_boo_moo, who saw it last week, that it was phenomenal. I'm really looking forward to it.