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Post  A-single-red-rose on Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:00 pm

Hi! I'm new here on Deserted Phans! I saw this forum on Different Phantom musicals and I wanted to know if anyone has seen/listened to the Tom Alonso (aka the Toby Dinner Theatre) version of the Phantom of the Opera. If so, what are your thoughts? I got the album from Tom Alonso after hearing about it in the Phantom Reviewer's podcast episode and I was very delighted. It's probably one of the most faithful musical adaptations of the Leroux novel in my opinion, and I would love to exchange thoughts on it, especially if anyone's actually seen it and knows about the dialogue.

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Post  ML6 on Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:59 pm

A-single-red-rose wrote:Hi! I'm new here on Deserted Phans! I saw this forum on Different Phantom musicals and I wanted to know if anyone has seen/listened to the Tom Alonso (aka the Toby Dinner Theatre) version of the Phantom of the Opera. If so, what are your thoughts? I got the album from Tom Alonso after hearing about it in the Phantom Reviewer's podcast episode and I was very delighted. It's probably one of the most faithful musical adaptations of the Leroux novel in my opinion, and I would love to exchange thoughts on it, especially if anyone's actually seen it and knows about the dialogue.

Is it catchy? I'm curious now, something based on Leroux you say? Very Happy

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Post  A-single-red-rose on Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:42 pm

I like the music a lot. Some of the songs are very emotional and the Phantom has a very deep, bass voice, which I love. And the story is pretty much based on the Leroux story, except that it revolves around a trial of the disappearance of Christine, Raoul, and the Persian. I only have a cast recording of the show.

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Post  Raphael on Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:37 pm

I believe our own Phantom on a Budget attended a performance once and even posted a review (although I think that was back when PhansOnline was still up).

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Post  A-single-red-rose on Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:05 am

If you don't mind me asking, what exactly was "PhansOnline?" Was it just a forum for phans?

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Post  Raphael on Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:28 pm

Yes, PhansOnline was a relatively large Phantom forum that existed a few years ago. When it suddenly vanished, this forum was established. Hence the name, "Deserted Phans" Smile

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Post  Loettchen on Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:57 am

Hi, A-single-red-rose! Nice to have you! I have that cast recording, but I've never seen the show myself. And sadly, it's been so long since I listened to it, that I'd have to go dig it out of wherever I put it and listen again to have a meaningful conversation. Maybe I should do that though, eh?

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Post  A-single-red-rose on Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:51 pm

Go for it! In my opinion, it's one of the best musical adaptations of the Phantom story around. It's quality sits right along side the ALW and Yeston/Koppit adaptations for me.

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Re: Tom Alonso Adaptation

Post  IamErik771 on Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:53 pm

Hi there, and welcome! Very Happy

I haven't gotten to see this version live (though I saw the poster for it when I went to a couple of other shows at Toby's Dinner Theatre), but I have the cast album and it's one of my favorite POTO musical recordings. I especially love "Skin Deep" -- completely batsh*t crazy Erik, and actual text from Leroux that was musicalized in a believable way. I was in heaven. Laughing

I also really liked the argument adult Erik has with himself as a child in "A Room Full of Shadows." The way Erik's relationship with his mother was presented in this one was interesting; kind of a blend of the (few) positive traits of Madeleine from the Kay novel along with some elements of Erik's mother from the Charles Dance miniseries, to create one of the very few sympathetic portrayals of her in a POTO adaptation. I like how the question is raised about whether she had Erik wear a mask for his own protection, or just to ease her own guilty conscience.

So yeah, I really, really enjoyed this one and hope I'll get to see it performed live sometime. ^_^

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Post  A-single-red-rose on Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:25 pm

I couldn't agree with you more IamErik771. I also love "The Love You Never Had." It's such a melancholy tune and really shows off the more tragic side of the Phantom, even before we learn more about his backstory (which "A Room Full of Shadows" does well also). In the right emotional state, this song can bring me to tears.

Overall, I just love how he's portrayed in this musical. His personality as a madman is definitely shown, like in songs like "Do You Believe In Ghosts," "Skin Deep," and "Rituals." They make his character seem threatening, and definitely highlight why Christine wouldn't choose the Phantom over Raoul.

Speaking of whom, I like how they portray Raoul in this version. For one thing, his voice is very smooth and silky. It contrasts greatly to the Phantom's powerful, menacing voice. Also, to put it very bluntly, I think this is the least foppish adaptation of Raoul. He's optimistic, curious, definitely cares about Christine, and is very open minded.

Any thoughts on the casting or the portrayal of the main cast (Erik, Christine, Raoul, etc.)?

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Re: Tom Alonso Adaptation

Post  Phantom Phanatic on Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:43 am

I found out about this adaptation form the same podcast as you did Rose. But I have to ask, were did you get your copy of the recording and more over were can I get one? I really want it.

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