Christine Daae ball jointed doll, dressed in the Hannibal/ Think of Me outfit
Can we just talk about how eerily beautiful this doll is? I mean, its blank Brightman-esque expression is scaring the life out of me, but, at the same time, it’s just so pretty, I want to stare at it forever.
Poll: Whose expression is creepier? This doll’s or the actual Sarah Brightman’s?
Christine Nilsson as ‘Marguerite’ in Charles Gounod’s opera, ‘Faust’, in the year 1864, at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.
(Photograph source: The Guy Little Theatre and Performance Collection)
And your mind is blown, because, YES, Christine Nilsson (otherwise known as
Kristina Jonasdotter), who served as an inspiration for Christine Daae in
Gaston Leroux’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, performed in Her Majesty’s Theatre- the exact same theatre where, more than a century later, a musical whose main heroine was likely inspired by her, would premiere and make history.
Don’t believe me? Well, then, there’s this to convince you;
(Source: “Melba, The Voice of Australia”, by Therese Radic)
[She also sang as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, again in Her Majesty’s Theatre, in 1865]
This is just so unbelievable for me- the moment I found out about this, I had to read it again and again to convince myself that my eyes were not deceiving me. And once I realised that what I had just read, was, indeed, what was printed on the page, I got a headache by how beautifully ironic it is.
Did it ever cross Christine Nilsson’s mind that, half a century after her death, she would be immortalised in the face of Christine Daae? I do not know. What I do know, however, is that she must be turning in her grave right now because of how fascinated I am by this recent discovery.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring- except me watching a bootleg as quiet as a mouse.
My stocking was hung by the chimney with care,
in the hope that new playbills soon would be there.
I lay all nestled and snug in my bed, while visions of Heathers danced in my head.
Laura Benanti then tweeted once more,
I laughed and retweeted as I’ve done before.
Then on my Tumblr arose such a clatter.
I left my bootleg to see what was the matter.
I glanced at the clock 9:00pm as I feared,
The RENT fandom awake, after waiting all year.
With all the references, I looked outside,
And pictured Enjolras and I on a lovely sleigh ride.
Then what to my wandering eyes should appear,
But a Carole King Musical sleigh and 8 Broadway reindeer.
With a little old driver so lively and quick.
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick!
More rapid than Side Show’s closing announcement his courses they came.
He shouted “I love Wicked” and called the reindeer by Elphaba names.
Now Idina! Now Shoshana! Now Eden and Jackie!
On, Christine! On, Kerry! On Donna and Jemma!
Then he exclaimed “I know they don’t rhyme!”
“But dash away! Dash away! Get there on time!
My eyebrows then rose and my eye gave a twitch,
In disbelief Santa was obsessed with a witch!
So up on my house top, the Elphabas flew,
With a sleigh full of playbills, and Holiday Wishes too!
And then in a twinkling, I heard a Fiyero riff,
I looked at my If/Then poster and wondered “What if?”
I ran up the stairs and was turning around,
When St. Nicholas came through the door with a bound.
He was in the Bubble Dress, and I couldn’t help but laugh,
At the sight of Santa wearing the sparkly blue sash!
A bundle of playbills was flung on his back.
A definite Fanzel I could tell for a fact.
We chatted about Wicked, If/Then, Chess, and RENT,
Until he realized the time that we spent.
He sprang to his sleigh and said “well this has been fun!”
And away they all flew like the end of act I.
And I heard Shoshana belt as they drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Movie fact : Emmy Rossum visited Paris Opera House (which inspired original novel) because she thought it would help her emote to Christine’s role better. She also visited places like ballet room and underground lake.