The Phantom of the Opera: The Lost Chapter by Gaston Leroux, Caitlin G. Freeman (translator)

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, novels were first published in serialized formats in newspapers or magazines.  It wasn't uncommon for whole chapters to be rewritten, added, or otherwise removed before the story was finally collected as a complete finished novel.  Think of it as a means for an author to allow readers to beta read … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera: The Lost Chapter by Gaston Leroux, Caitlin G. Freeman (translator)

More Monsters

I've just learned that the Universal Monsters reboot machine has added two more iconic monsters to their Dark Universe lineup and confirmed a third.  I said I'd keep up with this and hope for the best.  Well, this is where they really test my mettle because they've grabbed some favorites. “We know we’re going to … Continue reading More Monsters

A New World of Gods and Monsters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCm2PX5Iz00 With the upcoming release of The Mummy, Universal Studios has been putting forth more information on their shared universe, including this little teaser for their "Dark Universe."  Cheesy name and cheesier music aside, I wanted to really give this some thought before I wrote up my own thoughts on the matter.  And if you've … Continue reading A New World of Gods and Monsters

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