Saturday, August 16, 2008

One Of The Things

One of the things I did on my trip was the one thing I had hoped to be able to do. I'm a pretty big fan of musicals and my all-time favorite is "Phantom of the Opera." I've loved it since I was a teenager - for my 16th birthday, my mom took me to see it in Chicago and even got us box seats. I cried through most of it. :)

I've always wanted to see it on Broadway, and luckily, my two friends also wanted to see it. We stood in the TKTS line last Saturday for over an hour, and were lucky enough to get tickets.

While the performance was not mind-blowing (the three main characters overacted in some parts and Raoul sang way too loud), it was still beautiful and I cried in the same two places. I'm a sobbing mess at the very end - I can't help it, I feel so bad for Phantom. When Christine says she loves him, I lose it every time.

As for the other part, "Music of the Night" is one of my all-time favorite songs, and makes me cry every time I hear it. I don't know why, just that it is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard and it touches me in a place no other song does.

(This is from the movie version with Gerard Butler. I actually prefer his voice over Michael Crawford's (I know, blasphemy) and I loved the movie version. Which, ironically, is on Oxygen right now. Two Saturdays in a row with the Phantom. Life is good.)


Michelle said...

Ooh, so jealous. I saw Phantom in Toronto many years ago and have loved it ever since. I've also sung several of the songs at weddings and other performances over the years, so the music holds a special place in my heart.

Christine said...

Glad you were able to escape to NYC ~ it's a fantastic place & that you were able to see Phantom on Broadway makes the trip even more special. Phantom is one of my favorite plays as well..


cranky anonymous said...

We sang a Phantom medley in chorus in high school and at the end of the year, after our final concert, we always got to pick songs to sing for the fun of it. Someone always picked the Phantom medley. And the Les Miz medley we did too.

The music just touches me so - even listening to the soundtrack, I get goosebumps, and even a little choked up.

I'm hoping to get to London again before it closes there, so I can say I saw it in London too.

If and when I ever get married, I want "All I Ask of You" played/sung.

I used to have the sheet music for all the songs, but it wasn't in the box in my mom's basement. I wonder if it's in a different box somewhere. I was looking forward to playing it again when I got my keyboard for my birthday.

Drama Mama said...

WAY BACK when I went to New York, I wanted to see it so bad... but for whatever reason, we were unable to and we had to see Beauty and the Beast. Don't get me wrong, Beauty and the Beast was great, but really... Damn them!