Right now, The Phantom of The Opera at the Royal Albert Hall is airing on my PBS station. It’s a pledge break, so I’m using the time to say hello to all the American fans who are just discovering Ramin Karimloo (Rah-MEEN CARE-em-loo), Hadley Fraser, and the lovely Sierra Boggess (bah-GUESS) tonight. I can tell from the sudden upsurge in my visitor stats that lots of folks are searching for information about these talented actors. You’re going to find entire tumblr sites devoted to Ramin Karimloo and Hadley Fraser. These two have an avid fan base! The best way to zero in on these actors here is to visit my “west end index” page (above). This is because I bounce around between many topics, so if you’re not interested in book reviews, old TV westerns or farm animals, don’t despair.
Lots of people this weekend are searching for the answer to this question: why didn’t Michael Crawford sing during the encore? The most common answer I read during the days following the live broadcast was that he was too emotional and overwhelmed by the audience’s response. I also read that he was saving his voice, since he was appearing in another West End musical. I honestly don’t know if either of these are correct. I do know that many people were disappointed.
By the way, Hadley Fraser is one of my favorite performers on twitter. The day the Phantom DVD was released in the US, he tweeted his apology for Raoul’s “guyliner.” I love his self-deprecating sense of humor. On my small, crappy television, the guyliner isn’t so bad, but so many of the wonderful production details are lost, especially with the costumes. I’m so glad I went to see it at the cinema in October.
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