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