The Gothenburg / Göteborg production Sept 2017 to May 2018

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Post  Jennie on Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:31 pm

Has anyone seen this? I was thinking of going to see it, Fred Johansen has a lovely voice and great stage presence... but... when I checked out the production photos I was totally put off by the costumes. They've turned the Phantom into some weird kind of black rocker, and I 'ate 'is 'air... There, how about that for being superficial, judging books by their cover and people by appearances. No, but seriously, it's a non-replica production and I wonder if I could bear to see it.

Any first-hand reviews would be welcome.

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Post  MarySkater on Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:17 pm

I hadn't heard about this, but a quick web search turned up this link:
http://www.goteborg.com/en/the-phantom-of-the-opera-/
Do you have one with any more photos?  I can't find this production listed on the official Phantom site.

This appears to be carrying the trend towards young, handsome Phantoms to ridiculous extremes.  How much of a deformity could he be hiding behind that tiny mask?  (Maybe he's really Raoul!  Can you imagine a production where the Phantom turned out to be Raoul's secret identity! Shocked )

I have an American friend who saw the touring production once, and hated it so much she didn't go to see it again even when it played her home town. I have not, personally, seen any non-replica productions, but I suspect that it would only remind me of all the reasons why I love the original.

I wish the people in power would realise that the original team in the 1980's got it right.  Any change is detrimental.  (Well, in my opinion, anyway.)

Do let us know what you decide.
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Post  Jennie on Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:36 pm

Hi Mary, looking for more information about the production I found this photo in a review http://seenandheard-international.com/2017/10/lloyd-webbers-phantom-makes-a-deep-impression-in-gothenburg/.

I am underwhelmed. What were they THINKING???

Or this, some kind of Raoul-Phantom graveyard swordfight??  https://www.google.se/search?q=fred+johansen+phantom&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg:CfYjDJY7O4ELIjg2pjSdV9hWdxNyvT6g3C77s6uEdJp6F9dn6diEYpbGrIy13QuXrfJVHAbLLSGo_1_1uNdDwncHJ-WyoSCTamNJ1X2FZ3EU4nj0QmuBJRKhIJE3K9PqDcLvsRjsChVFEW_1CsqEgmzq4R0mnoX1xGmTBNHj5aedSoSCWfp2IRilsasERzBij4_1Nhm2KhIJjLXdC5et8lURWOgcwpYD_14gqEgkcBsstIaj_1-xEa0xV8uGIKDSoSCY10PCdwcn5bERD2_1k2LMYrA&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwirw66fjPnYAhXCkywKHcJvADwQ9C96BAgAEB4&biw=1920&bih=949&dpr=1#imgrc=6o1oPlnbNg7sZM:

I know that I've been complaining about the feeble fireballs from the Phantoms firestick, but this new take on the graveyard confrontation is Not My Cup of Tea.

More photos from the theatre's homepage: http://en.opera.se/forestallningar/the-phantom-of-the-opera-2017-2018/

In my world, the original production is a piece of perfection, and I find it very hard to accept that it needs to be changed in any way whatsoever... Will see what I can find on youtube before I finally make up my mind about this. My lovely husband offered to take me to see the Gothenburg production as a birthday present. Bless him. Catering to my obsession. We saw the Stockholm production a year or so ago. I totally cracked up in the intermission when he asked what had happened to Meg. He'd mixed up Phantom and LND.... he prefers LND, took quite a shine to Meg in the Copenhagen production.

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