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Saturday afternoon Phantoms

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

A friend and I were discussing over the phone just now the Phantom of the Opera. She shares my opinion that Howard McGillin’s the definitive Phantom.

Best Phantom: Howard McGillin

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Screen Phantom: Gerard Butler

oh, wait, this:

Not-so-good Phantom: Antonio Banderas

This post is dedicated to my friend S, and to Mamacita, another Phantom fan who’s fond of mysterious men in capes.

Music of the Night lyrics right here:

Nighttime sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses

Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendor
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Turn your face away, from the garish light of day
Turn your thoughts away from cold, unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night

Close your eyes,
And surrender to your darkest dreams
Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before
Close your eyes, let you spirit start to soar
And you’ll live, as you’ve never lived before

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you
Hear it, feel it, secretly posses you
[Music Of The Night lyrics on]

Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness that you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night

Let your mind start a journey through a strange, new world
Leave all thoughts of the life you knew before
Let your soul take you where you long to be
Only then can you belong to me

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savour each sensation
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night


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Late afternoon blogging: The Phantom of the Opera

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Howard McGillin is still playing the Phantom on Broadway. He was phenomenal when we saw him a few years ago.

Here’s a bootleg video of him on stage as the Phantom.

And You Tube has a video of the excellent Patti LuPonte and McGuillin singing at Kennedy Center in 1991. McGuillin looks better clean-shaven.

BTW, if you watched the DVD version of the Phantom, you’d remember that Gerard Butler of 300 played the Phantom.