Watching The Phantom of the Opera Essay

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For me, I was lucky that my college offered tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera right around Mothers’ Day. I celebrated the holiday early by taking my mother to see her first professional performance. I bought tickets to see the musical on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. We spent the day shopping in New York with my some of my college mates. When we got to the theatre, I was slightly disappointed at the size and stuffiness of the theatre, as my imagination always cited spacious grand opera houses as the house for all Broadway shows. What The Majestic Theatre lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in atmosphere. It was very beautiful and ornate and it was like stepping back in time. I was …show more content…
The show itself was truly breathtaking. The music rumbled and roared you to attention. The acting was excellent- comedic at times, yet tragically serious at others. Songs in The Phantom of the Opera include, “Overture”, the fabulously haunting organ music that recurs throughout the musical. “Think of Me” and “The Phantom of the Opera” which highlights Christine's vocal range. A standout song, “The Music of the Night,” emphasizes the strength of the Phantom's voice. The song follows a literary structure: almost expository part, followed by rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement. The introduction is soft and slow. The Phantom and the lone piano in the background “ heightens” your sensations as you listen. The song intended to “wake” and “stir” Christine by the power of the the Phantom’s music, and it is quite effective on her as well as the audience. I felt tingles hearing the song, because it had a sort of sensual pace. The orchestra accompanied the Phantom as he continued his chilling serenade, vocalizing deeper as more instruments joined the song. The voice and the song grew faster as if the progression were in a race to reach the apex. The seduction continued in the next verse, in which more sensory words were elaborated. (I remember the Phantom singing the words, “feel”, “hear”, and “caress” very seductively). The Phantom drew out the words and quickly said the less-sensory words so that his tone was soothing yet forceful and enticing..

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