Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall on DVD 2/7/12

I can remember when I went to see the phantom of the opera on stage, it was magical. But this special 25th anniversary dvd was so much more, it was breathtaking!

The Longest-Running Broadway Musical of All Time Celebrates 25 years of Romance with a Spectacular Live Production on One of the World’s Most Legendary Stages
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience Available on
Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand from

Universal Studios Home Entertainment on February 7, 2012

Broadway’s longest-running production of all time celebrates a triumphant quarter century on stage with The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, coming to Blu-rayTM – with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound- DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on February 7, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  On October 2, 2011, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh marked the 25th anniversary of their beloved musical extravaganza, “The Phantom of the Opera,” with a lavishly staged production at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall that was beamed live via satellite to cinemas across the globe. The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall marks the first time a live performance of the blockbuster musical has been made available for home viewing, making it a must-have anniversary release for fans everywhere.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall stars Ramin Karimloo (2011 Olivier Award nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for “Love Never Dies”) as the lovestruck Phantom and Sierra Boggess (2011 Olivier Award nominee for Best Actress in a Musical for “Love Never Dies”) as the beautiful and gifted soprano Christine.  The show also features Barry James, Gareth Snook, Liz Robertson and Wynne Evans, as well as special guest appearances from the actors who originated the roles of The Phantom and Christine, Tony® Award winner Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, in a memorable final curtain call.

“Phantom” aficionados will also be thrilled to know that “Love Never Dies,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacular follow-up musical will also arrive on Blu-rayTM and DVD for the first time on May 29.  With lush visuals and a mesmerizing score that rivals the original in power and beauty, this live production of “Love Never Dies” finds Christine and the Phantom reunited in turn-of-the-century New York City after a decade apart.

“The Phantom of the Opera” premiered at Her Majesty's Theatre in London on October 9, 1986. It has won more than 60 major theatre awards, including seven Tony® Awards and three Olivier Awards, and became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance.   “The Phantom of the Opera” has grossed over $5.6 billion worldwide and been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries. Live productions of “The Phantom of the Opera” are currently playing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto.

Blu-ray™ and DVD Bonus Features:
  • The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
    • “Getting Past the Point of No Return:” A behind-the-scenes “Making Of” feature starring the cast and crew.
  • Love Never Dies
    • “Making Of” Featurette:  Take a look behind the scenes at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s breathtaking sequel.

My Take:

When I was sixteen years old my mother took me to the Play at a local theater in center city Philadelphia. It was simply amazing, this was the first time I have ever been to a play. And for my birthday my mother took me to a matinée at the theater. When we arrived I did not know what to expect, but from the time we sat down I was immersed in a world I would love! The play was excellent, and the music was just wonderful.

When I was younger I was Christine, and my brother was the Phantom for Halloween. (As you probably can tell my mother was a huge fan from the beginning)  It was very cute but my brother cried and cried, he did not want to wear the mask! So we ended up with a phantom with no mask. Oh well, it was still a great Halloween night.

I just wish I had some pictures to share with you! But it was back in the days where we did not have a camera, and disposable cameras were king. And of course we forgot to buy a disposable camera before Halloween, well we have the memories.

When I had the chance to review The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall I was so very excited, this brought me back to when I saw the pay onstage, but this was so much more vibrant and exciting. The cast were the best of the best in my opinion.  I have to say this dvd did not disappoint, this was divine. And the music, it takes your breath away it is just so beautiful, make sure to check out this clip of Sarah Brightmanand Hadley Fraser, singing  - All I Ask Of You. It is simply amazing!

If you are a Phantom fan, or just a lover of plays and great music make sure to pick up this DVD.  Remember pre-order your Phantom of the Opera DVD or Blu-ray this will be out on 2/7/12 This movie will also be on On Demand the same day!

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