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Flawed in places, dazzingly in others
on 2 June 2013
I must start by saying that the film itself is gorgeous; it's really immersive considering the theatrical nature of the production.
However, the musical itself is quite flawed. This is definitely not the fault of the actors; Ben Lewis does a terrific job with a sensuous voice that you can get lost in. Anna O'Byrne is very engaging with a nice, crisp soprano voice. The supporting cast are also very strong. The sets and costumes are very vivid and pretty, particularly during the 'Beauty Underneath' scene. The score itself is beautiful and striking, probably Andrew Lloyd Webber's best, if not at least up there with Phantom.
My biggest issue with this musical is the plot and the lyrics. The lyrics, for me, are the biggest disappointment. They are so mundane and trite. It's a great shame especially when the music itself is so good. The plot itself is a very conventional story, a 'will they, won't they?' kind of plot. Considering that this is a direct sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, the characters can sometimes be unrecognisable and at odds to their original realisations in the Phantom, in particular with Raoul.
I still think it's worth a watch for musical theatre lovers, if only for the music and the production values. It's a firm 3.5 stars for me. It could have been a very strong musical, if only the plot and lyrics had been stronger.