Original title: The original English musical “The Phantom of the Opera: Love Is Forever” will be performed in Chongqing for 10 consecutive performances
China News Service, Chongqing, November 5th (Reporter Zhong Yi) At about 14:00 on the 5th, accompanied by melodious music, the original English musical “Phantom of the Theater Sequel: True Love Eternal” kicked off 10 consecutive performances at the Chongqing Grand Theater the prologue.
This is the second stop of this global tour of “Phantom of the Opera: Love Is Forever” and the only stop in southwest China. The gorgeous and strange story, the mysterious and poetic reverie, and the intertwined fate of joy and melancholy of the characters will bring a unique drama-watching experience to the audience in the mountain city.
According to reports, as one of the world-renowned musical IPs, “The Phantom of the Opera” created by musical master Andrew Lloyd Webber has been active on the musical stage for 37 years. In 2010, “The Phantom of the Opera: Love Is Forever”, which he painstakingly created, had its world premiere in London’s West End. In 2023, this romantic movement will be re-arranged and played again in China.
The picture shows the audience participating in the “Phantom” role-playing interactive check-in.Photo by China News Service reporter Zhong Yi
The bustling circus chorus, the dazzling carousel and the prism jungle… The reporter saw at the scene that strongmen, clowns, magicians, etc. in strange costumes all appeared on stage. There were a dazzling array of rare and exotic animals, and gorgeous mechanical devices emerged one after another. It is understood that the original stage sets and costume props shipped by the crew from the UK to China were packed in 16 containers, with a total weight of nearly 100 tons.
During the 2-hour performance, the actors sang with rich layers, elegance and fullness. In terms of music, it not only continues the tenderness of Weber’s “Phantom” series, but also introduces rock and roll and other diverse styles in a breakthrough way, turning infinite emotions into singing, fully demonstrating the musical charm of “Phantom”.
“This character is more like a friend to me now, full of resonance.” Manon Tarris, who plays the heroine Christine in the play, said in an interview with reporters earlier at the meeting with the main creators. From the contact with the character From the beginning, I experienced the process from ignorance to gradual understanding, and also stepped into the role and integrated into the role through repeated interactions with the team. Along the way, I not only witnessed the growth of “Christine”, but also saw my own progress.
“The compact plot and luxurious stage presentation are inseparable from the joint efforts of all the cast and crew.” Resident director Annabell gave an example. For example, in a scene in a hotel, the heroine only had a few seconds to change clothes, and four people assisted her. ; Even if there is only the heroine in the center of the stage, there are actually about 10 cast and crew members behind the scenes doing different jobs.
Relevant staff of Chongqing Grand Theater introduced that the 2023 revival of “Phantom of the Theater: True Love Is Eternal” is another original English musical introduced by the theater in 4 years. It is also the project with the most performances since the opening of Chongqing Grand Theater. At the same time, the theater has also set up multiple interactive check-in stations inside and outside the venue, with roses, palaces, masks… to create a rich theater viewing experience for citizens.