Over the years, I’ve made portraits of some of my favorite Phantom performers. The Portrait series emulate the works of Robert Heindel which I first discovered in the “Complete Phantom of the Opera” book that were both minimalist and expressive at the same time.
1) Franc D’Ambrosio and Lisa Vroman 2) Franc D’Ambrosio 3) Brad Little 4) Anthony Crivello 5) Elizabeth Loyacano 6) Brianne Kelly Morgan 7) Hugh Panaro 8) Brent Barrett 9) Michael Lackey 10) Lisa Vroman
So I was asked to write a bit about the Phantoms I’ve seen. Putting it behind the cut, as the post turned into a quite massive lil’ thing when I was done…
I must say that although I have my favourites, I’ve never seen a bad Phantom
live. They’ve all been good, in different ways. But if I were to list
my top 5 Phantoms, it would look something like
this (in no particular order): Flemming Enevold, Scott Davies, John
Owen-Jones, Earl Carpenter aaaaand… not sure who the fifth one is, as
there’s so many solid candidates. Somewhere between Brad Little, Marcus Lovett and Ian Jon Bourg, probably. Though I also have a big heart for Preben Kristensen and David Arnsperger.
59 performances, 16 Phantoms. Here’s my thoughts on them.
Kristi Holden’s voice is SO clear and wonderful. I saw her live and honestly at the time I was in a “whatever I end up doing"phase where I was considering dropping MT. After seeing the show and how she performed and sounded I got back on broad the "Christine in training” boat! I wish I could see her again!
(This is NOT my recording, I am gong through my computer and deleting everything so don’t ask me for it, I won’t have it anymore! XD)
I have a special place in my heart and mind for this show.
I wouldn’t have discovered this if it weren’t for Brent Carver. I was lucky enough to see him live at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival a couple of years back and was thoroughly won over, so I went and looked up his past performances and found this.
The show takes place in a prison during Argentina’s Dirty War. Carver plays Luis Alberto Molina, a gay window dresser arrested for “corrupting a minor.” To escape the hell he lives in, he retells the plots and show pieces of the films he loved as a free man. He gets an unlikely cellmate in the form of Valentin Aurregi Paz (Anthony Crivello), a Marxist revolutionary arrested for political activity. Molina is showy and self-denigrating, Valentin is firey and dogmatic and essentially disdainful of Molina for his attitude and escapism even as Molina shares his films with Valentin and takes care of him in the aftermath of horrible “interrogations” Valentin is subject to as a political prisoner. Neither man is as simple as he seems, and over the course of their partnership by necessity, they begin to transform one another.
It’s far from perfect. Yet, it’s sharp, alternately bleak and dazzling, full of emotionally captivating moments. It took many, many plays before I could listen to “Dear One” without wanting to cry and feeling an ache in my chest. And anything Carver’s in is glorious. (So I’m biased.)
I am so glad they have the clip here of “She’s A Woman,” because… well, perhaps you’ll see. Or rather, you’ll hear. Carver’s voice is all passion and raw edges, tremulous, graceful, vital. There’s really nothing like it.
Some of you may remember Anthony Crivello as Grantaire in the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables. And then, of course, there’s the legendary Chita Rivera as Aurora, an actress and recurring figure in Molina’s cinematic fantasies. All three won Tony Awards for their work on this show after it transferred to Broadway in 1993. Crazy to think that this was over twenty years ago… Thank heaven the recordings are still there.
TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1993, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally work their magic on Kiss of the Spider Woman, based on Manuel Puig’s novel about two men confined in a prison cell. Harold Prince directs Chita Rivera, Brent Carver and Anthony Crivello in the production that lasts 906 performances at the Broadhurst Theatre. It will go on to win seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical
Did you know that the Phantom first was presented as left-handed in the 1986 musical? This because the man originating the role, Michael Crawford, is left-handed in real life. So the green quilt pen was placed on the left side of the organ. Though most Phantoms to follow him has been right-handed, the pen is still placed on the left side.
Phantom phans: The actor formerly in the role of Las Vegas POTO is asking fans to show their support of a full concert version of Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian theater, an idea now being *floated* around by TPTB! Please share and reblog this graphic from Anthony Crivello and let your phan friends know!
To quote Anthony directly: “ PHANTOM in CONCERT in VEGAS … Idea is being ‘floated.’ Spread the word. Demand it!”