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A Phantom for the fun of it
[SU2 Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Robert Crew Toronto Star
Date: Feb 18, 1990
Start Page: C.2
Section: ENTERTAINMENT
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Billed as "the original London stage musical," Ken Hill's musical comedy The Phantom Of The Opera is currently on a North American tour. And doing very nicely thank you. According to the showbiz trade paper Variety, it recouped its $1 million (U.S.) cost just eight weeks into the tour - "a phenomenally rapid payback for a touring musical."

This version played in Newcastle, Wolverhampton and London and was seen by [Andrew Lloyd Webber] and producer Cameron Mackintosh, who suggested another production in London's West End. Lloyd Webber would act as musical co-ordinator and the role of Christine Daae would be played by the future Mrs. Lloyd Webber, Sarah Brightman.

The two shows are different as chalk and cheese. Lloyd Webber's is a melodramatic opera, full of high seriousness and high-tech effects. Hill's is Phantom: The Comedy - a delightfully cheeky romp that spoofs the whole Gothic genre and camps everything up for laughs, which it gets in generous amounts.

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