For the second question - I have heard that there was an audio of (I think) the last performance of the Swedish production, but the person who had it unfortunately lost it and hasn’t found a copy since. Maybe it will turn up again one day…
Now, for your first question:
There’s a ton more, but these four were the ones who made me sit up and listen to them throughout the audio; in the case of the last two, they did a complete 180 my previous opinion of them.
As examples of Leroux-accurate Phantoms/Christines, I would point out Ethan Freeman, Peter Karrie, Scott Davies, Kevin Gray, Marcus Lovett, and Anna O’Byrne. Michelle van de Ven is apparently another Leroux-accurate Christine, and I’ve also heard that Tabitha Webb was as well.
For Leroux-accurate Phantoms, I generally look for someone who is very old (or, you know, acts like it - for example, Ethan Freeman played his Phantom as very hunched over, kind of slow with his movements, etc.) and very creepy, maybe even disgusting. I really should not look at the guy and go, “Wow, this is one hot, sensual dude”, I should look at him and go, “RUN AWAY CHRISTINE RUN FAR AWAY”. I want a bit of unpredictability too, a sort of mental instability that makes me think that Christine would not quite know how to act around this guy or what he might do next, probably a product of a lifetime of ostracization. But there also has to be something pitiful in his portrayal and his almost slavish devotion to Christine - you don’t want Christine going with him, but you do feel terrifically sorry for the guy. Going back to some of the other Phantoms, Ethan Freeman took little things from the book, like picking up the hem of Christine’s robe and kissing it at the end of ‘Stranger Than You Dreamt It’; in the ‘Final Lair’, during the line “You try my patience! Make your choice!”, Marcus Lovett threw himself off his throne and onto the ground with Christine. Given that the line is a way for the Phantom to establish his control and power over Christine, that movement really skews your perspective, because he’s on the same level as Christine, potentially almost looking like he’s pleading with Christine - while demanding her to make a decision.
I find it a bit harder to pin down what I want in a Leroux-accurate Christine. I guess firstly, I want someone with a bit of a nineteenth century vibe, a girl who is both attracted to and afraid of the sexuality that the Phantom represents and inspires in her, who sort of represses her emotions so as not to make a scene. She can be a little melodramatic too; I would also like to feel that she is being driven to her mental breaking point with what’s going on around her. But I also want her to be quite strong and defiant towards the Phantom, and with very little romantic attraction to him - a strong backbone, basically. Yet I also want her to show compassion and empathy for the Phantom; she may not love him, but she feels sorry for him, perhaps to the point where it drives her to do things that might not seem totally safe and rational.
That’s sort of what I try to look for. A lot of it boils down to just the feeling you get when you watch a Phantom or Christine - you sort of go, “Wow, this really reminds me of the book” or something, and it clicks.
I actually have no idea, and I agree that it seems really weird for it to just… not be there? I remember getting a little startled when I heard that random pause and then “…my angel of music!” Was Ramin pitchy on that one word or something?
Then again, they changed the entirety of Ramin’s ‘Stranger Than You Dream It’, and for the worse IMO (the DVD version sounded smoother, but also less emotional, and I’m not sure it jibed well with his acting), so you know…
You’re right, I haven’t made one, but that was mainly because there were already a couple of other comparisons of that line. And I know, that hasn’t stopped me before, but audio comparisons are a real pain in the butt to make, especially when compared to video comparisons. This is probably why I only make ones comparing lines said by various Christines - she’s sort of the character I’m most invested in and that’s basically the only thing that keeps me going even when I want to pound the keyboard with frustration because the audio is half a second off from the photo or something.
Um, yeah, anyway, maybe those other comparisons will help?
She was alternate Christine in her 2011 to 2012 run in London.
On my trading site, I note when someone is understudy or standby or (much more rarely) an emergency cover, but I generally don’t note anything if they’re an alternate. Mainly because, I dunno, I don’t see much of a difference between them and the principal actress (they’re both contracted to do a certain number of shows, with the alternate’s just happening to be less, while understudies and standbys are not… generally), and also to save myself a headache, because sometimes you’ll have actresses going from alternate to principal and back again (i.e. Mary Michael Patterson).
My (roidumonde’s) master. I really love how unsure Michelle sounds at the beginning. And what a lovely cadenza! I am simply in love with her Christine.
Raoul is Oedo Kuipers (u/s)
'Journey to the Cemetery/Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again'
24.08.2014, evening performance. My (roidumonde’s) master. Just listen to that “Help me say goodbye”!
Older photo from the Toronto Star (Sun?) of Susan Cuthbert in her blonde wig!
operafantomet for your collection, miss.
So I did the hoarding thing again but you know.
From the West End productions currently running…
There are u/s on for most of these so check out the cast lists!
I’ve also been gifted a Phantom audio by it’s master who has yet to share it with anyone else and mentioned that I could so here’s a bonus for you!
And you know please don’t link outside of tumblr and like/reblog if you download and share with other lovely tumblrers!
For my last batches look here…
I’ll split it up by production:
London - Probably one of the two February 2006 videos of Matthew Cammelle, Rachel Barrell, and David Shannon. The one commonly labeled as February 25, 2006 can be found on a lot of trading sites, and has even been uploaded in full on YouTube.
Broadway - The May 9, 2007 video of Gary Mauer, Jennifer Hope Wills, and Jason Mills is shot in widescreen with almost no obstruction at all. The October 13, 2012 video of Hugh Panaro, Trista Moldovan, and Kyle Barisich has really bright colors and great detail and is generally steady and well-shot, though it does get shaky a couple of times, has a bit of minor obstruction in the bottom, and has a couple of blackouts. The January 29, 2014 video of Paul A. Schaefer, Mary Michael Patterson, and Jeremy Hays is also pretty good - I think the master himself said it was one of the best videos he’s filmed.
US Tour - The April 6, 2006 video of Gary Mauer, Elizabeth Southard, and Jim Weitzer is wonderful, using two cameras to capture the show and putting it together so that it almost looks like a movie. The August 2, 2007 video of John Cudia, Marni Raab, and Greg Mils is also great, widescreen with no obstruction at all. If you can ignore the production, the February 19, 2014 video of the restaged tour is good for similar reasons.
International - I was going to recommend some from the Aussie/World Tour and Canadian productions, but none of them really match up to the quality of the videos above. Or when they do, they’re incomplete. So… yeah. There’s two high quality videos of the current World Tour, but they haven’t been released yet.
It’s from a promo video of Kevin Gray and Teri Bibb. I don’t think it’s been uploaded to YouTube. I found it as one of the “extras” in my bootlegs.
Felicidad Farag and (probably) Luìs Amando, Madrid.