It really is disappointing to find the images I used from The Phantom of the Opera. posted only 11 hours ago, copied all over tumblr sites without permission. It’s impossible at this point to track down and contact all the site owners, because the images have been reblogged so many times. It’s too late to take down what’s already been posted, but I’ve decided not to upload any more POTO25 images.
Update: Since posting this, I’ve spent the last day hearing from so many wonderful people who shared the Phantom experience. As I’ve said in some of the comments, the images aren’t really mine. They belong to the Phantom production and the performers themselves. I shouldn’t have been surprised they went viral so fast, and I hope there will be better official images published from the performance. There are many beautiful images from the curtain call and encores, including the ones by Dan Wooller for whatsonstage.co.uk.
Fans have also posted videos on YouTube from the performance, and you could see them being filmed from the audience during the simulcast. The quality of these videos can’t match the DVD, which won’t be released in the US until February 7, 2012. I wish we knew why, when the UK version is releasing on November 14th. Why wait until after Christmas when the US market has such a huge fan base? I know the DVD would make a great Christmas present.
I’ve decided to upload images from the curtain call and finale, since so many better images have already been published.