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The Musical: Old School Phantom or new Mackintosh-inspired?

Old school all the way! Bring back the original! 0.37147595356551 37.1% [ 224 ]
I'm indifferent 0.19734660033167 19.7% [ 119 ]
I like the new sets/costumes/staging/whatever. It's good. 0.096185737976783 9.6% [ 58 ]
I like the movie. 0.1558872305141 15.6% [ 94 ]
I haven't seen either one so I don't have an opinion. 0.17910447761194 17.9% [ 108 ]
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HEY GUYS. It's been a million years since I logged on here.

I just learned of the Alonso tinychat via Tumblr today so I thought I would check in. Good to see that some of you will be there! I'm so excited it just happens to be on the one Friday I have off.
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Crikey! I almost forgot! Sorry, I traveled all day yesterday and I'm still kinda out of it.

The only good thing about being back and in a room far messier than when I'd left (people tried to clean it and made it 100000000000% worse) was all the lovely Phantom stuff. (^)^
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I find it hilarious that I returned to the costume shop I worked at through high school and college and there is literally an entire section of different phantom masks because I managed to sell so many the owner thought it was worth it to make a wall, but since I didn't work there last year, they didn't sell at all. I am back just for a month so I guess I'll just have to shift them like crazy!

Been too busy on set to check in here as often as I'd like. I'm glad you all are still here.

Also. Can there just be another Phantom movie already? I want to shove my way onto that set.

That aside... I feel too old. What is a tinychat? But regardless of answer, I am sorry that I missed the Tom Alonso tinychat thingy.
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        Ohgosh, it's been a few days since the Alonso chat, and I've just really gotten into his version again. So much obsession renewal.
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While I'm amazed a 14 year old has that kind of professional voice, she's not quite there yet. She took way too many breaths, breaking up lines in the song and they were definite pauses, and the other thing I couldn't get over was you couldn't tell what she was saying. At first I thought maybe she was doing it in another language but then I realized it was just really muddled English.

The last thing I didn't like was her voice is not suited for that song. Christines are generally brighter and, hate to say it, more pop opera quality than true opera soprano and she seems to be heading toward mimicking a true opera soprano. Notice I say 'mimicking'. The girl's talented but I can't help but wonder just how long she can sing like that before it destroys her vocal chords.

Dora: I don't have the reference I saw on me but I remember a lot of the blonde Christines being in West End productions and then a few in various other countries. Mostly I think in what they call "non-replica" shows of the ALW show where they don't adhere to the costume designs or set designs.
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Wow - what a weekend. I finally e-mailed about getting a copy of that DVD.

Hmmm.....yeah. I have one of her CD's and her voice is good, but it's just not Phantom.


And yes - most of the blonde Christine's are all over London area. We need some here in the US.

So - I'm going to see the tour in a few weeks - while not giving anything away - has anyone else seen it and enjoyed it? Should I just take it as "Phantom-but-not" and enjoy?
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Silvy, that person quoted what I wrote on the last page and edited the quoting code out and then put an advert link in the last word.

That aside, I was going to see the tour in November but I had to use the money I saved for financial emergencies. I don't think I've come across one person who enjoyed it, they all stated that Broadway was better or that the original in general was better. Aside from the Phantom who wouldn't shave this whole tour year, apparently they had a budget and it's obvious.
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Thought I recognized that post. Hmmm spammers.


I read somewhere that he finally shaved it off - apparently he realized the phans didn't like it. I know it's not going to be Phantom as I know it, but I still want to see it. saysthegirlwhosaidshewouldseeloveneverdies ... andkindaenjoyssomeofthesongs
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Thought I recognized that post. Hmmm spammers.


        This is the second time they've targeted this thread.
        >tfw online casino phans
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I think it's because we earned back the 'popular' status. I know I thought the same thing when I was reading the post, it was like wait I worded a post like that... wait that's my post!

Yeah he shaved it off like a month or so ago. I don't know if it was that reason or if maybe someone in the production said something, or he just did it at random. And don't feel bad about LND. I see tons of posts about it due to Ben Lewis' bug eyed expression throughout half the show. Plus apparently some phans there like it too. I know I'd never see it because that's just not my thing, but I've gotten to the point where I don't see the point in bashing people that like what I consider to be s**t. My final run with that was when Twilight was new and I couldn't sit through the first book and gagged at all the spoilers for the other books. Now I don't care if someone likes Twilight, I mean I read books about cannibal serial killers all the time and one of my favorite books is about a ***** (Lolita) so what grounds do I have?

*ahem*

That being said I'll catch the tour the next time it hits nearby. Or if I win the lottery before then, I'll go see it in New York. I'm sure whatever problems they have this go-round will get fixed later and it'll be better in the long run. If the complaint volume from phans is any indication they'll definitely be making tweaks before the next tour run.
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I guess this will be an opportunity to see if all the rumors are true. That and it'll give me a chance to try and write a review. Personally, I'd rather see it in New York - though (don't shoot me) - I'll wait till Norm is gone. His phantom isn't my cup of tea.


And we're a popular thread again? wow.
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I don't blame you. His voice is nice, but I don't think his range is especially suited for the role. I mean it's great that we finally have a black Phantom and everything, but I've just heard better.

Here's something interesting. I was reading yesterday about someone comparing the Australian cast LND (which is apparently the best adaptation) to another cast and the person was saying that one of the reasons the show is so successful is they actually market it as a sequel to PotO and not "an alternate universe thing" like Webber does. Anyone ever got the feeling Webber wasn't marketing a straight up sequel? Because all this time it sounded like he WANTED this to be a sequel and to be canon and whatnot to his beloved original show.

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