Get Set to Unmask “The Phantom of the Opera” Trivia

By: Paula Green

On Jan. 26, 1988, The Phantom of the Opera debuted on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.   In honor of its 25th anniversary, we pay tribute to the most successful musical of all time.  Phantom is the longest running show in Broadway history, with a record-setting Broadway gross of $845 million.  It is estimated that more than 130 million people have seen the show.  It has been produced in 145 cities, in 27 countries around the world.

This Andrew Lloyd Webber musical masterpiece is based on the novel Le Fantome de l’Opera by Gaston Leroux.  The gothic tale depicts a masked figure that lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House.  Hideously deformed, the Phantom passes his time terrorizing the members of the Opera.  He falls in love with an innocent young soprano Christine Daae, and he devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents.

In 1984, Lloyd Webber conceived the idea to produce a romantic musical based on the novel.  He contacted Cameron Mackintosh, the co-producer of Cats and proposed his theatrical concept.  They screened both Phantommovie versions, the 1925 Lon Chaney and 1943 Claude Rains versions.  Neither held the key to a successful leap from film to stage.

Later, in New York, Lloyd Webber found a second-hand copy of the original, long-out-of-print Leroux novel, which supplied the necessary inspiration to develop the musical.   The duo decided to adapt the classic story instead of writing their own.

      The Phantom of the Opera debuted in 1986 in London’s West End Majesty Theatre with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as the leading roles of the Phantom and Christine.  The musical was an instant success.  The score was written by Lloyd Webber and included the songs Masquerade, All I Ask of You and The Music of the Night.

In 1988, Crawford and Brightman continued their performances, taking the show  from London to Broadway.  For the Los Angeles tour in 1989, Crawford was paired up with Dale Kristen as Christine.

Crawford played the role for 2 and a half years and over 1,300 performances, winning an Olivier Award (Best Actor in a Musical), a Tony Award (Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Musical), an N.Y’s Drama Desk Award, and a Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Distinguished Achievement in Theatre (Lead Performance) for his efforts.

At the time of Phantom’s debut, Brightman was married to Lloyd Webber.  It was upon his insistence that she portray the lead role of Christine in his production.

In 2004, a third movie version of The Phantom of the Opera was released.  It starred Gerard Butler as the Phantom and Emmy Rossum as Christine.

Since we have staged our way through this theatrical creation, we must now score your thoughts.  Get set for the curtain call, because it’s time to get a little trivial……

What is the Phantom’s first name?

  1. In the novel, how is the Phantom’s face disfigured?
  2. Michael Crawford’s birthday is Jan. 19; on his 47th birthday in 1989, he performed The Music of the Night at what special event in Washington. D.C.?
  3. Where does Christine first see the Phantom?
  4. Before she meets the Phantom, who does Christine think is teaching her to sing.
  5. Who portrays Raoul in the 2004 film version of Phantom?
  6. Whom is Christine singing about in Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again?
  7. Name the actor who portrayed the Phantom in the Toronto at the Pantages Theatre.
  8. This Party of Five actress got her big break as cast member of the Phantom in Toronto.  She was 15, and was the understudy for Meg.
  9. In the 2004 film Phantom, Minnie Driver was the only actress to have her voice dubbed.  Which

character did she portray?

  1. Who is Meg’s mother?
  2. What famous prop falls to the ground during the show?
  3. What takes place in the opening scene of Act II?
  4. This TV butler succeeded Michael Crawford as the Phantom in the Los Angeles production.
  5. In 1988, Phantom was nominated for ten Tony Awards, how many did it win?

Answers:  1. Erik  2.  birth defect  3.  Presidential Inauguration for George H.W. Bush  4. in the mirror  5. the Angel of Music  6. Patrick Wilson  7. her deceased father  8. Colm Wilkinson  9. Neve Campbell  10.  Carlotta  11. Madame Giry  12. chandelier 13. A masquerade ball 14. Robert Guillaume  15. Seven



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