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18 January 2006

Let The Fantasy...


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egin... Phantom of the Opera has been on HBO for awhile now and I think I have seen every showing of it. While Andrew Lloyd Webber actually wrote the musical for Sarah Brightman, the lead of Christine for the movie is Emmy Rossum... Emmanuelle Grey Rossum, and does her voice ever soar to the heavens! While Emmy steals every scene, the male counter-parts leave something to desire. She makes this entire movie work. And what really shocked me when I read it, was that Emmy Rossum was only 17 years old when the film was made. 17!!! (12 September 1986) Can you imagine what her career will develop into as she gets older?

I can't get enough of it. I am an addict I think. A far cry from the original Phantom starring Lon Chaney in 1925, this version is quite different. The play has been so good that as of 9 January 2006 it became Broadway's longest running show... ever with a world-wide take of 3.2 Billion dollars. Billion, with a B.

The story Le Fantome de l'Opera, written originally by Gaston Leroux is acclaimed as one of, if not, his bests works ever. Written by Leroux in 1910, this story became his greatest work.

And I was really amazed when I found out that the Phantom really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants or the concierge. Yes, he existed in flesh and blood, although he assumed the complete appearance of a real phantom; that is to say, of a spectral shade.

Observations and Questions
Have you seen it yet? What did you think? And... am I the only person, being the romanticist that I am,... that believes Christine, deep down into the depths of her soul, really did love the Phantom?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born in 1892, Oliver Hardy, Harlem GA, comedy team member (Laurel & Hardy). And in our death notices we find in 1996, Minnesota Fats [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82.
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