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We all know “The Phantom of the Opera” as a great show on Broadway and other well-known stages, but the story began long before it became a long-running musical.
Gaston Leroux was born in Paris in 1868 and graduated with a law degree when he was 21. He then inherited millions of francs and went on a reckless spending streak. Approaching bankruptcy, Leroux needed a job, began work as a journalist, and eventually started writing fiction. In September 1909, The French newspaper “Le Gaulois” published the first chapter of a new story by Leroux. The novel did not sell well, and even went as far to going out a print a few times.
The first adaptation of Leroux’s “Phantom” was when Universal Studios produced a silent film starring Lon Cheney as the phantom, and from this, Universal Studios began producing similar films such as “Frankenstein”, “Dracula”, “The Wolf Man”, and “The Mummy”.
Finally, Andrew Lloyd Webber enters the scene and had since been looking for an intense, romantic musical to produce; and there was the Phantom! “Phantom” opened in London’s West End on October 9, 1986 with Michael Crawford in the title role, Sarah Brightman as Christine, and Steve Barton as Raoul.
BY: Danielle Jourdin