The Phantom Of The Opera is one of the most out standing plays to have been staged in Lahore, directed by Shah Sharabeel, one of the pioneers of the parallel theatres in Lahore who laid the foundation of Centre Stage Productions. The play is running to packed houses at Alharma these days and is the best thing to happen in Lahore these days.
The Phantom of The Opera’ is about a young singer who is charmed by a mysterious spectre who haunts the Paris Opera House. The Phantom teaches her to sing and on her opening night, takes her to his lair in the misty catacombs beneath the Opera House, where he declares his love for her — but she soon learns his terrible secret
His voice calls to her, nurturing her extraordinary talents from the shadows of the opera house where innocent chorus girl Christine Daae (EMMY ROSSUM) makes her home. Only ballet mistress Madame Giry (MIRANDA RICHARDSON) knows that Christine’s mysterious "Angel of Music" is actually the Phantom (GERARD BUTLER), a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs of the theatre, terrifying the ensemble of artists who live and work there.
When temperamental diva La Carlotta (MINNIE DRIVER) walks out in the middle of a dress rehearsal for the company’s latest production, the theatre’s eager new managers (SIMON CALLOW and CIARAN HINDS) have no choice but to thrust Christine into the spotlight.
Her mesmerizing opening night performance captivates both the audience and the Phantom, who devotes himself to casting his protégé as the opera’s next star. But he is not the only powerful man to be awed by the young soprano, as Christine soon finds herself courted by the theatre’s wealthy patron, the Vicompte Raoul de Chagny (PATRICK WILSON).
Though she is enthralled by her charismatic mentor, Christine is undeniably drawn to the dashing Raoul, enraging the Phantom and setting the stage for a dramatic crescendo in which soaring passions, fierce jealousies and obsessive love threaten to drive the fated lovers past the point of no return.
The director of photography is JOHN MATHIESON; the production designer is ANTHONY PRATT; the film is edited by TERRY RAWLINGS, A.C.E.; the costume designer is ALEXANDRA BYRNE; the visual effects supervisor is NATHAN MCGUINNESS; and the choreographer is PETER DARLING.
Based upon the novel "Le Fantôme de l’Opéra" by GASTON LEROUX.
Posted by Max Loxton on 2007-01-07 10:45:42
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