Monday, April 10, 2006

Phantom of the Opera

So last night, I went and sat through Andrew Lloyd Weber's "The Phantom of the Opera." Now, I like musicals and, in general, I like the theatre but I did not like this play. The only experience I ever really had to the story was from an episode of Night Court where Dan Fielding kidnaps Christine Sullivan and takes her down to the basement of the courthouse and plays the Phantom. The episode was better than what I saw last night.

I have to gripe about this because for any guy out there who gets dragged along to this play: Do Your Research. In general the performance was crappy. I couldn't hear what the actors where saying and the songs were dull and uninspired. At least twice I daydreamed about My Name is Earl, and started laughing. Yes, Diana that is why I was laughing.

This story is this. Some ugly guy who thinks he can write music trains a shy singer to take center stage and when she does, he thinks that entitles him to kidnap her and drag her down to his dungeon. Then she unmasks him, which happens way too early in the show, and melodrama ensues. The characters in this play really don't get developed very well and there wasn't one person I could identify with.

I went in trying to enjoy myself and left thinking I would have been happier watching the new Larry the Cable Guy movie, and that's saying something.

That is All,

Newt

7 Ripples in the pond:

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry the actors in my play were not up to your standards. Unfortunately we were unable to get our first choice, Paris Hilton, to play the part of the shy singer.

Furthermore, I’m sure that if I had written the play to include the phantom being bit by some sort of radioactive spider, transforming him into ugly guy who thinks he can write music by day, super hero by night, that your review would have been very different.

Andrew Lloyd Weber

Anonymous said...

Newt, I'm sorry the actors in my play were not up to your standards. Unfortunately we were unable to get our first choice, Paris Hilton, to play the part of the shy singer.

Furthermore, I’m sure that if I had written the play to include the phantom being bit by some sort of radioactive spider, transforming him into ugly guy who thinks he can write music by day, super hero by night, that your review would have been very different.

Andrew Lloyd Weber

Trinity said...

What the Hell? Clearly whoever wrote this knows me, most likely Diana is trying to be funny.

Thomas said...

Man, you really pissed Andrew Lloyd Weber off! He is so angry that he had to post his comment twice and address you specifically the second time so that you would know!

It's a little scary that he was able to find this post through all of the internet. You might want to take your truck to be inspected for bombs or something... he is watching you....

Anonymous said...

I see that a person can't post a comment on your blog without your red-headed hlm gettin his technicolor panties in a wad.

Maybe if the play contained wizards, orcs, and adolesent wizards, your hlm would have enjoyed going to see the play.

Andrew Lloyd Weber

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said

What's the big deal about larry the cable guy.It's can't suck any worse than "history of violence"(gag me,gag me,gag me,etc.)

Anonymous said...

You just wait until I redeem myself with Jesus Christ Superstar...coming to a town near you.

Andrew Lloyd Webber