Those Phans who have delved deeper into the tale of The Phantom of the Opera by reading Gaston Leroux’s original novel, Susan Kay’s retelling or countless other retellings have probably discovered the fact that Erik, the infamous Phantom of the Opera, never knew his birthday. Although he had a general idea of his age, he never…… Continue reading The Phantom’s Birthday
Today’s Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, and what better way to inspire your heart with art than with the Phantom of the Opera. According to Merriam-Webster, art is defined as the following: 1: skill acquired by experience, study, or observation <the art of making friends> 2a : a branch of learning: (1) : one…… Continue reading Inspire Your Heart with Art with The Phantom of the Opera
*The 2004 film version is the version referenced for the purpose of this article.* The Phantom is a unique character in that not only is he the antagonist of his tale but he’s also the protagonist. This brings to mind the question: Is the Phantom the villain, or is he a tragic hero? Oftentimes, the…… Continue reading The Phantom: Villain or Tragic Hero?
Some die-hard fans of The Phantom of the Opera have lovingly dubbed themselves “Phans” in honor of the Phantom that they love so much. It’s a wordplay on the phonetics of the word “fan,” and while some people (like myself) love the wordplay and find it witty, others hate it and find it silly. Those of us…… Continue reading Phantom Phonics: Do You Support Phan Lingo?
It’s always easy for me to remember how long The Phantom of the Opera’s been running on Broadway because it coincides with how many years I’ve been on this Earth. I was born in 1988, the year that the musical won its first Tony Award, so the show’s existence on Broadway is always as old as…… Continue reading Happy Anniversary: 29 Years on Broadway
How did you get into Phantom? It’s a question that all of us are asked as Phans, at one point or another, by other Phans. Just as enthusiasts of other hobbies like sharing their “first time” stories, so do we. As such, I thought it appropriate that my first post on this site be an…… Continue reading Do You Remember Your First Time?