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The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

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Summary

Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess star in Cameron Mackintosh's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, marking 25 years since it opened in the West End, with the show telling the story of a deformed musical genius who lives in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House.

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Review

What a treat for fans of musical theatre. Never have the “big chandelier moment” and that doomy organ theme been more hair-raising than in this 25th-anniversary performance from 2011, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and exquisitely staged and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, the West End legend who died earlier this year. Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess are superb as the Phantom and Christine.
 
But watch past the end. The maestro himself, an unusually euphoric Andrew Lloyd Webber, comes on stage, alongside the original London company, including his “angel of music” Sarah Brightman and the divine Michael Crawford.

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