By Adam Hetrick
27 Feb 2012
The sold-out Oct. 1-2, 2011, London performances of Phantom celebrated the 25th anniversary of the musical's London premiere and featured a cast and orchestra of over 200 individuals and special guests. The film was previously screened in cinemas across the globe last fall. It is also available on DVD and Blu-ray.
The presentation transformed Royal Albert Hall to conjure Maria Björnson's original stage designs and were directed by Laurence Connor and featured choreography and musical staging by Gillian Lynne. The original London production was directed by Hal Prince. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Company Ltd.
Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, who originated the roles of Phantom and Christine in Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel Love Never Dies in London in 2010, star. Karimloo is a veteran of the London Phantom, while Boggess opened the 2006 Las Vegas production.
They are joined by Hadley Fraser as Raoul, with Keira Duffy as Carlotta, Daisy Maywood as Meg Giry, Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur Andre, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry, Wynn Evans as Piangi and Sergei Polunin as Slave Master.
"It is amazing to think that the extraordinary success of The Phantom of the Opera is about to celebrate 25 years. From the very first performance, audiences have fallen in love with the unique alchemy of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gorgeous score and Maria Björnson’s fabulously beautiful design, so brilliantly staged by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne. The success of the show has become the stuff of theatrical legend so Andrew and I felt we needed to create a really special performance to celebrate the 25th anniversary," producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a previous statement.
Check local listings or visit www.pbs.org.