The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1986

The Phantom of the Opera has surpassed all other musicals to become the most successful, beloved, and celebrated stage show of all time, with it's only competition being perhaps Les Miserables.  That one still dominates in London's West End, but on Broadway, Phantom reigns supreme.  Financially, it's the most successful entertainment event to date and still going strong.  … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1986

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

"The Opera Ghost really existed!"  So claimed Gaston Leroux in this famous opening line from his most famous novel. Court report, theater critic, journalist, international correspondent.  These are some of the hats that Gaston Leroux wore before turning to detective fiction in 1907.  He wrote Le Fantôme de l'Opéra as a serialized pulp adventure in 1909-1910, … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson by Nicholas Meyer

There are a number of different takes on Sherlock Holmes these days, and few of them try to capture the character and spirit of storytelling as set down by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II, Star Trek VI, Time After Time) not only gives us a story that demonstrates a superior understanding … Continue reading The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson by Nicholas Meyer