Operafantomet: phantoming
Pretty sure I've asked before but do you (or any of your followers) know the differences between the broadcast version of the RAH concert and the Bluray/DVD? I want to confirm that I have both...
Anonymous

I haven’t watched either in a LOOONG time, so I don’t quite remember the differences. But I remember “Wandering Child” being a lot better in the live editing than on the DVD. The DVD version is just way too busy and pretty much ruins the tensity the cast builds up. 

Anyone with fresher memory of what separates the live editing from the officially released version of the RAH concert? 

do you know what the average height for most Meg's is/do you have any idea how tall Paloma Garcia Lee is (she seems like she might be taller than a lot of Megs I have seen [live or in photos])?

Most Megs I’ve seen has been rather small. Well, most ballerinas are. I wanna say around 1,60 - 1,65 possibly (sorry, too lazy to convert into feet/inches). 

There has been tall Megs too, though. Jennifer Wagstaffe in Copenhagen and Tori Johns in West End comes to mind. Here’s a photo of Tori Johns and Gina Beck posing in eachother’s costumes, and you can see she’s considerably taller than Gina (regardless of whether she wears boots with heels under the skirt or not): 
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As for Paloma Garcia Lee, I searched for “Paloma Garcia Lee” “height” on Google, and first hit was a site saying she’s 5’6” (too lazy to convert into metric). 

Have you ever watched a show, and you see a costume that you really don't like, and you've just focused on how much you don't like said costume? I know that this is worded weirdly, but I went to go see Les Mis on Broadway yesterday, and I wasn't a fan of Fantine's dress. I absolutely hated the colors, and I would just zone out and wonder why they made that dress. Have you ever had experiences like this?
Anonymous

YEEES! 

Though “Beauty and the Beast” in Oslo was very well designed throughout, basically all of Belle’s costumes was a let-down. And her pink library dress was just so bad, I couldn’t focus on the scene at all. all I could stare at was that dress while sitting and redesigning it in my head. There aren’t really photos showing how awkward it was. Think waistcoat-like pink bodice and a plain skirt, and all in a VERY bright pink fabric. And the fabric looked like an overly cute embroidered cotton pillow from IKEA. Which totally didn’t help. 
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I had a similar experience when seeing Les Miserables in Copenhagen. Several of the costumes annoyed me. You know the little trick of making skirts a bit longer in the back so that when worn it doesn’t end up looking shorter in the back? Not done here. Also, the wig work was surprisingly bad. It’s the only time I’ve felt Det Ny Teater had done a subpar job. 

Do you know how tall is Claire Lyon? She mostly looks quite tiny but at the same time doesn't seem extremely short
Anonymous

I have no idea, to be honest, but seeing how Brad Little is rather tall and she doesn’t drown in his height, I’d say she’s fairly average? 

Non-stripy Wishing dresses, round two (round one, fairly similar, is here):

Row 1: Original Broadway cast dress from 1988, originally worn by Patti Cohenour. The last person to wear it seems to be Sara Jean Ford in the US tour; I honestly don’t know if anyone wore it in between. But it’s been on display a lot. It was dark blue with brighter blue flowers, and navy-and-turquoise trims instead of the usual navy-and-white.  

Row 2: Original Los Angeles dress from 1989, worn by Dale Kristien. I don’t know if other LA Christines also used this type of fabric, or the regular stripy one. This one was blue with silvery leafs. 

Row 3: The first two photos shows a US tour dress Adrienne McEwan and Teri Bibb has both been mentioned as wearers of this dress. For Teri Bibb that means Chicago sometimes between 1990 and 1993, for Adrienne McEwan that means US tour sometime between 1993 and 1996. My hypothesis is that it’s Teri Bibb’s original Chicago dress, and that Adrienne McEwan inherited it at one point. But I might be wrong! Anyhow, the dress had flowery pattern of navy, green, red and light blue, and the same navy-and-turquoise trim as Patti Cohenour’s dress. 

The last photo shows a fourth non-stripy Wishing dress, worn by Kathy Voytko in the US tour ca. 2000. Seeing how the others were from the first years of Phantom in the US, I suspect this too is of earlier origin. But Kathy Voytko is the only one I’ve seen photos of wearing it. The fabric was more subdued than the other non-stripy versions, with navy flowers on a cornblue background. 

Can you talk about or post pictures of the floral Wishing dress(es)? The one used in the third US tour, I think? I absolutely adore the original/usual one, so I'm a bit meh about it. Maybe it worked on the stage?
Anonymous

Oh, you mean that dress Sara Jean Ford wore in the tour? That’s Patti Cohenour’s dress from the original Broadway cast! I can’t believe it came back into use. According to people backstage it’s quite a fragile little piece. 

You can read more about that dress and other non-stripy versions here: 
http://operafantomet.tumblr.com/post/28217345173/the-strange-affaire-of-the-non-stripy-wishing 

That said, I am tempted to make a new photoset on the matter, if only because I’ve gotten some new photos. :)

Oh superdang, I forgot to post this: SEE WHO I MET IN HAMBURG!!!

Oh superdang, I forgot to post this: 

SEE WHO I MET IN HAMBURG!!!

Oh. My. God. I wondered why Peter Jöback hadn’t credited the co-actress he’d taken a photo of and shared on Facebook. Took me four seconds to recognize the face as Peter Jöback himself. From the Swedish musical “Livet är en schlager” (Life’s a hit song, think Cage aux Folles meets Eurovision Song Contest) in Stockholm. 

Oh. My. God. 

I wondered why Peter Jöback hadn’t credited the co-actress he’d taken a photo of and shared on Facebook. Took me four seconds to recognize the face as Peter Jöback himself.

From the Swedish musical “Livet är en schlager” (Life’s a hit song, think Cage aux Folles meets Eurovision Song Contest) in Stockholm. 

rosemarycountess:

Tamara Kotova is being amazing

Just look at her expressions, she is such a cutie. Another Disney princess, but with a really strong operatic voice. I can’t even tell how much I love her Christine already.

Author of the video - Natalia Litvinova

larkbellerose:

All of Michael Crawford’s Christines

  1. Sarah Brightman - Principal (Broadway & West End)
  2. Claire Moore - Alternate and Principal (West End)
  3. Maria Kesselman - Understudy (West End)
  4. Rebecca Caine - Alternate (West End)
  5. Patti Cohneour - Alternate (Broadway)
  6. Rebecca Luker - Understudy & Principal (Broadway)
  7. Mary D’Arcy - Cover (Los Angeles)
  8. Tamra Lynn Glaser - Understudy (Los Angeles)
  9. Dale Kristien - Principal (Broadway & Los Angeles)

I’m not a 100% sure, but: when Sarah Brightman left, Claire Moore was bumped to principal, and Rebecca Caine came in as the alternate. During this period I believe Jan Hartley-Morris and/or Jill Washington was the understudy. I assume he got to play opposite the understudy sometime in 1987? 

strangerthanudreamt:

"The Music of the Night is dear to me.  It is the moment in the play when I, (as Erik, aka “phantom,”) bring together my true love, Christine, with my best friend, music.  But it is not simply music, it is, “my music.”  Can you imagine how it feels to express yourself for decades through an art form, and never play it for anyone?  What makes it personal to me? I can identify with that feeling of not being good enough, of being afraid to show myself for fear of rejection.  Erik has felt this rejection in all areas of his life, “Hounded out by everyone, met with hatred everywhere, no kind word from anyone, no compassion anywhere.”  So this song is my world.  The world I need Christine to join." -Marcus Lovett
 
YES. I give this so many YES’s.

strangerthanudreamt:

"The Music of the Night is dear to me.  It is the moment in the play when I, (as Erik, aka “phantom,”) bring together my true love, Christine, with my best friend, music.  But it is not simply music, it is, “my music.”  Can you imagine how it feels to express yourself for decades through an art form, and never play it for anyone?  What makes it personal to me? I can identify with that feeling of not being good enough, of being afraid to show myself for fear of rejection.  Erik has felt this rejection in all areas of his life, “Hounded out by everyone, met with hatred everywhere, no kind word from anyone, no compassion anywhere.”  So this song is my world.  The world I need Christine to join." -Marcus Lovett

 

YES. I give this so many YES’s.

matheusmarchetti:

The Phantom’s Lair from the upcoming Estonian non-replica production of “The Phantom of the Opera”. It appears they’re still finishing the sets and, of course, they’re not wearing costumes here so you don’t have the full effect… but this looks very very interesting! (I’m particularly enjoying the shattered mirror wall) It’s so refreshing to see a non-replica production that actually seems to try and be something different from the original, as all I’ve seen so far from this production seem to indicate this is the one staging that relies relatively little on Maria Björnson’s designs or the 2004 movie (not that there’s something necessarily wrong with that, as all set designs for POTO non-replicas have been quite stunning in their own way)

(Source: http://www.vanemuine.ee/repertuaar/ooperifantoom/)

Hey sorry to bother you again, but another costume related question. Would you happen to know how the wishing gown gets its shape? The skirt that is. Do they only use a bustlepad, or do they use anything else to make it more poofy in the back? Thanks in advance :)

Most versions only have a bustlepad to give the “cul” in the back. A dress from the original Hamburg cast has a well padded white version with three tiers, U shaped, ca. 25 cm. long, as seen in Naergilien’s site. This one is put on top of the butt, to lift the skirt out in the back. 
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But this skirt also has a taffeta underskirt with various layers of horsehair braid, stiff tulle and softer netting, and a pleated hem. This underskirt, the bustlepad and the lined main skirt is sewn into one piece, to ease the quick change after Masquerade. Here’s a photo of the netting in the back, with the overskirt lifted up: 

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The finished look gives a very defined bustle, but a rather straight skirt. It should be added that this specific version doesn’t have a train. When the dresses have a train, the lower half will flair out more. Other versions usually have a train. I think the US versions also go for a full bustle and not just the bustlepad? They have more support in the lower half, anyway. 
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Do you know of any pictures of u/s Mia van den Eykel I can't find any, even in my deepest searches :(

I’ve never come across any either. In costume, I mean. :/

“Double show Saturday here we go! Not many double show days left… Lots of love from sunny Hamburg” (Theano Makariou) 

Double show Saturday here we go! Not many double show days left… 
Lots of love from sunny Hamburg
(Theano Makariou