One of Broadway’s biggest hits is coming to Nashville. It’s The Phantom of the Opera, and it’ll be at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on Oct. 24–Nov. 4. Tickets start at $55 and are available right now. Get yours while they are still available. This is part of the widely popular Broadway at TPAC series, so tickets might not last long.
Get into the Phantom spirit by checking out some little-known The Phantom of the Opera facts.
The Novel Was Anything but a Hit
The Phantom of the Opera is one of the biggest musicals of all time, so it’s hard to believe that a poorly received novel was the musical’s source material. When Gaston Leroux’s serialized novel hit the shelves in 1909, people were not interested. Decades later, people came out in droves to watch the musical version on Broadway.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Had a Case of the Nerves
It might seem like everything Andrew Lloyd Webber touches turns to gold, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to nerves. When Phantom appeared on Broadway, he was too nervous to attend. He did end up coming back for the curtain call at the producer’s request. Maybe he was so nervous because the musical cost $8 million to produce. That set a record back then, so there had to be some fear that it might flop. Of course, it did the opposite, becoming one of the biggest hits of all time.
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It’s Getting Easier to be the Phantom
The Phantom wears lots of makeup and prosthetics, and it used to be quite a chore to get him ready for the show. At one point, it took four hours to put his makeup on. The process has been fine-tuned, and he is now in and out of the makeup chair in less than a half hour.
That doesn’t mean that being the Phantom is easy, though. He has to put in a blue contact in one eye and a clouded contact in the other, and those prosthetics can cause some problems. Just ask Michael Crawford and Hugh Panaro: Both men got their prosthetics stuck to Christine during a kissing scene.
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