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The Phantom comes to Paris!

Post  MarySkater on Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:47 pm

In October, Phantom opens in Paris - the show's first time in France, and the first time performed in French.  Sadly, not at the Paris Opera House - I suppose that would be too much to hope for.

http://lunerontheatre.com/2016/01/20/the-phantom-of-the-opera-will-play-paris-for-30th-anniversary-2/
http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/paris/

Since I'm in Britain, Paris isn't too far away for me.  I'm rather tempted to go to the show there, have a few days in Paris, see the Palais Garnier and some of the other Paris high spots.  Go via London, and catch a performance at Her Majesty's, either on the way out or the way back.  However, I've never been much of a traveller, never been to France and speak very little French.  I'm a bit daunted at the prospect of doing all the organising.  What I'd really like would be for some enterprising travel agent to set up a Phantom outing, with them arranging hotels, transport etc.

So if anyone hears about any such trips being advertised, please post a link here - it would be much appreciated.

Mary

Edited to add: I just had a look on the booking page of the theatre, for a random midweek performance. Seems to be well booked up, but there was a single seat available, stalls front row, on the left as you look at the stage, in other words right by the Phantom's throne, if the set is the same. And it was a cheap seat! Talk about temptation!

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Post  Riene on Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:51 pm

Oh, please do it! That's too cool of an opportunity to pass up. Then you can let us over here in the States know how it was. Pleeeeeease!

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Re: The Phantom comes to Paris!

Post  MarySkater on Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:44 pm

Well, I'm committed.  I spent an hour going through the theatre booking page day by day.  October is already fairly heavily booked, but there are more seats available in November.  That "cheap" seat I saw earlier has gone; I think from the price it must have been restricted view, unless I was misreading the price chart.  However, I'm booked on two consecutive evenings, one front row of the stalls towards the left, and the other centre front row of the circle. Both top-price seats, and I think my idea of taking in a performance in London on the same trip will have to be shelved on grounds of cost. However I thought it would be worth seeing the French show from different angles.  Now all I have to do is work out travel and accommodation.  (And figure out how much all this is going to cost me... confused )

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Post  Riene on Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:52 am

I'm so envious! I hope you have a wonderful time. Very Happy Please do take lots of photos!

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Post  NightRachel on Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:24 pm

OMG!!! What awesome news! Merci, MarySkater, for posting this (with the links)! I would LOVE to see a French Phantom production in Paris!!! Very Happy I love you
And I also gotta say FINALLY -- it's about time POTO got a French language production! Cool And it only took 30 years for it to happen. Surprised

Anyway, I'm going to try my best to make sure I'm in Paris to see this!

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Post  Blind Phan on Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:00 pm

OMG! Am totally envious too! Though, I hope it's a "replica" production, not one of these new stagings a la Laurence Connor. And yeah, about blooming time for a production in POTO's original language and then some! How long is it playing till? LOL I wonder if there's a way in hell I can save up the money to get over there?

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Re: The Phantom comes to Paris!

Post  MarySkater on Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:12 pm

Blind PhantomFemme wrote:I hope it's a "replica" production, not one of these new stagings a la Laurence Connor.

Me too!  But I'll have to wait and see.

At the moment they are only taking bookings for October and November.  However, on the theatre's auditions page, it says (Google translation):
Availability requested continuously from 19 August 2016 for a period of one year minimum.
So it looks like they're planning a long run.

This is the Google translation of the auditions page:
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stage-entertainment.fr%2Fauditions-fantome-opera&edit-text=

I found it quite interesting.  They haven't specifically listed Meg as someone to be cast, so maybe they hope to find their Meg from the ensemble players.

Riene, sorry, I don't take photos in a theatre.  But I'm sure there will be plenty of bootlegs showing up on YouTube soon.  I do hope they have a cast recording.  I don't collect international recordings as a rule, but since I'm actually going to this one, then I would like it.  Would like the libretto in French as well.

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Post  Riene on Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:41 am

MarySkater wrote:Riene, sorry, I don't take photos in a theatre.  But I'm sure there will be plenty of bootlegs showing up on YouTube soon.  I do hope they have a cast recording.  I don't collect international recordings as a rule, but since I'm actually going to this one, then I would like it.  Would like the libretto in French as well.

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Ah, I meant of Paris itself and the Opera House. I've never been to France and would dearly love to see it.

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Re: The Phantom comes to Paris!

Post  MarySkater on Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:07 pm

The theatre has now extended bookings to December and January.

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Re: The Phantom comes to Paris!

Post  justin-from-barbados on Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:23 pm

Apparently with Sierra Bogess Very Happy

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Re: The Phantom comes to Paris!

Post  MarySkater on Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:51 pm

Thanks for the tip, Justin. More info here:
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/185234/school-of-rocks-sierra-boggess-to-headline-the-phantom-of-the-opera-in-paris/

I'm not sure how to take this news. Sierra is a good Christine, but even when I last saw her play the part nearly 5 years ago, I felt she came over as a bit too "mature" for Christine, who I think should have more girlish naïveté. And since we've waited 30 years to have Phantom performed in the city which gave birth to the story, I can't help feeling that an all-French cast would have been more appropriate.

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Post  NightRachel on Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:46 pm

MarySkater wrote:I'm not sure how to take this news.  Sierra is a good Christine, but even when I last saw her play the part nearly 5 years ago, I felt she came over as a bit too "mature" for Christine, who I think should have more girlish naïveté.  And since we've waited 30 years to have Phantom performed in the city which gave birth to the story, I can't help feeling that an all-French cast would have been more appropriate.

^This. I agree.

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Re: The Phantom comes to Paris!

Post  MarySkater on Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:08 pm

The theatre web page has not yet published a cast list. But the "auditions" page is now only looking for one more person, a lyric tenor for the chorus with the possibility of understudying Piangi.

So it looks like all the main parts have now been cast, or at least have enough applicants that they are confident of finding who they want.

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Post  IamErik771 on Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:07 am

Looks like we have a (mostly) full cast list -- just missing the Phantom. 'Tis posted here: http://www.regardencoulisse.com/la-distribution-quasi-complete-du-fantome-de-lopera-devoilee/

The leads are as follows...
Christine: Sierra Boggess (Alternate: Anne-Marine Suire)
Raoul: Bastien Jacquemart
Madame Giry: Christine Tocci
Carlotta: Serenad
Piangi: Patricio Paxton
Firmin: Wim Van Den Driessche
Andre: Jacques Rebaldi
Meg: Emmanuelle Gueulin

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Post  justin-from-barbados on Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:11 pm

I wonder if that is the same Jack Ribaldi that was in Cats London for a long time as Munkistrap (the one on the cover of the DVD) if so thats coo, he was very tall also, got to meet him briefly backstage

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Post  justin-from-barbados on Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:41 pm

Looks like Gardar Thor Cortes might be the Paris Phantom, former Raoul (london) and Phantom (LND Germany). If true will be nice as he does have a very nice vocal, hopefully they will do a full double CD, but I am sure they will atleast do a highlights CD.

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Post  Riene on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:26 pm

justin-from-barbados wrote:Looks like Gardar Thor Cortes might be the Paris Phantom, former Raoul (london) and Phantom (LND Germany). If true will be nice as he does have a very nice vocal, hopefully they will do a full double CD, but I am sure they will at least do a highlights CD.
He just looks so very young....

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