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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA A Musical Play based on the novel by Gaston Leroux : Book and Lyrics by Ken Hill; Arrangements and Incidental Music by Alasdair MacNeill From the Baroque to the Romantic period, all the songs in The Phantom Of The Opera use music from various operas performed prior to the period in which the musical is set. Hill adapted renowned French author Gaston Leroux’s melodramatic plot to the musical stage, writing original lyrics to arias by Verdi, Donizetti, Gounod, Mozart, Offenbach and Weber arranged by Alasdair MacNeill. SYNOPSIS Gaston Leroux's classic tale of tragedy, grand opera, romance and horror has been masterfully adapted by Ken Hill, the author of Mummy's Tomb and The Curse of the Werewolf (also handled by Samuel French), into a musical play which preserves all of the excitement and passion of the much-loved original, underscored by a strong current of comedy as well. The Phantom, born with a monstrously disfigured face but the voice of an angel, haunts the Paris Opera House and falls in love with Christine, a young chorus girl. He terrorizes the management in order to further Christine's career, while preying upon her childlike innocence to force her to love him in return. But Raoul, Christine's true love, intends to fight for her to the end . "... Hill hits perfect pitch: at once melodramatic and irrestistibly chucklesome." City Limits "... honed to hilarious perfection..." What's On CAST: - M 15 F9, doubling possible • 2nd Stagehand • Christine Daae • Debienne • The Groom • The Priest • Faust • Jammes • La Carlotta/Dominique • Lisette • Madam Giry • Mephistopheles • The Persian • Raoul • Richard • Stagehand • The Phantom THE SCENES Various interior and exterior scenes in and around the Paris Opera House ORCHESTRATION : Keyboards 1 and 2, Oboe, Bass, Percussion, Horn MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Introduction (Music by – Alasdair MacNeill) 2. Welcome, Sir, I’m So Delighted (Music by – Jacques Offenbach) 3. Accursed, All Base Pursuit of Earthly Pleasures (Music by – Charles Gounod) 4. How Dare She (Music by – Giuseppe Verdi) 5. Late Last Night (Music by Arrigo Boito) 6. Love Has Gone Never Returning (Music by Jacques Offenbach)