October is a celebration month for all musical lovers. It’s the anniversary of the longest-running shows in London. ‘Les Misérables’ celebrates 29 years of performances and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ 28. Next year, the show created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil is going to celebrate 30 years, is a lot of time for a musical. Will it be a special performance? I hope so!
‘Les Misérables’ opened on 8th October 1985 at the Barbican Arts Centre, in London. But on 4th December 1985 it was transferred to the Palace Theatre, where it stayed until 3rd April 2004, when it moved to Queen’s Theatre (its actual home). The original production included Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean and Patti LuPone as Fantine. Since then, the show has just grown up, beginning one of the classical musicals ever. In 2012 it was adapted in cinemas. It’s a show that all musical lovers can’t miss.
It’s a great show, I was completely amazed when I saw it for the first time in Barcelona in 2011 (there’s been several Spanish productions). This year, I saw it again in the Queen’s Theatre. I love absolutely everything about the musical, all the songs, the characters, the story are so moving, so touching. I hope that ‘Les Misérables’ runs in the West End for many years more.
‘The Phantom of the Opera’ started their performances on 9th October 1986 (one year after than ‘Les Mis’) in Her Majesty’s Theatre. The original production included Michael Crawford as the Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine. In 2005, the movie adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher was released in cinemas.
I discovered this musical watching the movie, but this year I saw live in stage for the first time in Her Majesty’s Theatre. I was really surprised with the effects. I knew the story and the songs already, but watching it live was a beautiful experience. The entire atmosphere, the great actors and choreographies… Everything was wonderful. So I hope we can still see ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ for many years.
From Musicals Are Great, I wish you Happy Birthday ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’!!!