25th Anniversary Phantom Observations
  • raoul is dissociating as they play the monkey music box
  • erik drops the first sandbag because carlotta is flirting with andre and he wants to save the poor man
  • “mom tell them i say hey and tell them to stay out of box five and to pay me thanks i love you”
  • hAdLeY fRaSeR is just so damn pretty
  • raouls little jog up the stairs from christine’s dressing room reblog if you agree
  • hey erik maybe if you didn’t yell at your girlfriend she wouldn’t be afraid of you
  • raouls eye roll when carlotta snatches the letter out of his hand reblog if you agree
  • raouls little eyebrow quirk / half smile combo during the rooftop scene as he says “there is no phantom of the opera”
  • erik shaking and rocking in order to calm himself and then reacting out of anger because he cannot sufficiently process his emotions
  • erik spreading his arms so the cloak looks like wings and he looks like an angel when he says “the phantom asked of yooooouuuuuuu”
  • raouls flamboyant hand motion during masquerade
  • protective raoul
  • raoul kneeling before christine and cradling her face in his hands
  • raoul yelling “clever friend” threateningly / being genuinely concerned and angry for and on christine’s behalf
  • mme giry sticking up for eriks music during rehearsal of don juan
  • piangi shaking and stumbling over his lines because he’s scared of erik
  • the violin transition before wishing you were somehow here again
  • christine’s strength and determination shining through her facial expressions and vocal intonation during wishing you were somehow here again
  • eriks feathery hat during wandering child
  • the sweetness in eriks voice during the first verse of wandering child
  • erik getting steadily more desperate / begging throughout wandering child
  • the way raoul spits “this thing” during wandering child
  • the fire balls !!!
  • raoul stamping down his anger in order to place christine’s safety as his first priority at the end of wandering child
  • raoul saying “give the order”
  • raouls facial expression when erik announces himself after the doors have been secured and starts throwing his voice
  • “for once monsieur le viscount is right”
  • erik just wants to watch his opera he doesn’t care that the whole police force is there
  • christine’s facial expressions during past the point of no return
  • the way christine wipes her mouth and erik takes her wrist in his hand during past the point of no return
  • erik grabbing his thighs and shaking when christine touches him during past the point of no return
  • eriks lips parting in shock and his little head shake when christine whips the hood off his face
  • erik looking so disheveled and his voice cracking when he sings the verse from all i ask of you to her
  • “say you want me”
  • madame giry holding meg to comfort her and then grabbing for raoul and telling meg to stay as she leads raoul by the hand after erik and christine
  • raoul rolling his sleeves up
  • the way raoul sincerely and gently says thank you to madame giry amongst his fear
  • the way erik has very obviously slicked his hair back again by the time christine is in the wedding dress but it’s still sticking up all over the place
  • christine holding eriks arms and looking him in the eyes when she sings the line “it’s in your soul where the true distortion lies”
  • eriks breathy “monsieur
  • erik playing the organ because he doesn’t know what else to do after the line “this is the choice”
  • christines face when she says “tears of hate”
  • raouls “please” in “please forgive me”
  • raouls save in “why make her lie to you to save me”
  • erik sitting down because he’s overwhelmed
  • eriks resigned “make your choice” as he drops the veil
  • eriks hands trembling when christine calls him pitiful
  • erik fidgeting on the hand that usually has the ring on it
  • raoul turning away when christine kisses erik because he can’t bear to watch
  • erik squeezing christines hands a final time as his goodbye before going to release raoul
  • erik touching his lips after the kiss
  • raoul squaring up as erik approaches him, and the expression on his face
  • raoul grabbing eriks elbow when erik picks him up after releasing him from the noose and the second of prolonged eye contact they make
  • “angel in hell” as erik starts melting down and then him collapsing on the stairs and sobbing
  • eriks whimpering as he drags himself over to the monkey music box
  • the way eriks voice breaks on “paper faces”
  • erik turning and seeing christine and straightening his vest as he stands
  • “christine i love you” is a soft gentle statement of fact and he looks so sad and she kisses his hand and he shakes and watches her go and when she turns to look at him he inclines his head, giving her his consent to please go
  • erik sinking back to the floor and clutching the veil
  • raoul extending his hand to christine and the look on his face
  • erik kissing the veil
  • the tears visible on eriks face during his final lines
  • meg in pants
  • meg fully prepared to find erik under the cloak

anonymous asked:

Hey! Everything about your comic is beautiful, the scenery, the characters, EVERYTHING.Your attention to detail is wonderful and much appreciated :-) This being said I am very curious to know...what would Christine's wedding dress look like?

akjfhskadfh THANK YOU, so encouraging to hear<3

Ok, are you asking about the “wedding dress” that Erik gives Christine or like, Christine’s dream dress (i. e. if she married Raoul or something)? In the first case, it is the dress she wears at the beginning of the comic. More in depth here! 

As far as “dream dress” per se….i am not sure. Christine has never been a dreams-of-wedding-day type of gal. I think she would have a hard time choosing between going all evil-queen bride or traditional swedish/sami if she had to do a formal ceremony. At the end of the day, she might be more into that woodland faerie aesthetic…reminds her of being a kid <3 


Favourite non-replica christine costumes, as requested by anon: 

SLAVEGIRL: There hasn’t really been a non-replica version I’ve been crazy about. But I like the Hungarian one for the ornamental “bra” combined with the torn fabric skirt. It moves well, and has cool details. 

ELISSA: The Czech ones all the way! So unbelievably grand. 

DRESSING GOWN: A tie between the Czech one with a corseted waist, and the 2004 movie (mirror) one for its delicate details. 

IL MUTO MAID/SERAFIMO: I like the nice period flair of the Polish one, and the palette is kinda… muddy yet fresh. ’t is cool. 

ROOFTOP: I’m not really crazy about any versions here either. But I do like that both the Hungarian and Polish versions feature Christine still in her boy costume from the opera (with a cloak on top). Nice nod to Leroux. 

MASQUERADE: Honestly, I don’t like a single non-replica version. 

WISHING DRESS: Not really a fan of any of the dresses here either. But I do like the tailored, hooded jacket for the Managers office in Poland. 

AMINTA: I can’t stand any of the non-replica Aminta costumes. UGH. 

WEDDING DRESS: They don’t even have a Christine wedding dress in Hungary and Poland. Neutral to the Czech one. However, I ADORE the 2004 movie one. Wonderful silhouette, use of materials + period flair. 

I am so annoyed with myself! I have missed a vital clue on Christine’s wardrobe. Look what’s written on the mirror bride dummy sketch: 


Bluestocking” was (and is) a common reference to an educated, intellectual woman (not always used as a positive reference, mind you). I don’t know if this is intentional here or not. But I like the idea. 

Garters is self explanatory. BUT blue ones is a typical bridal reference, with brides often using the garters as “something blue”. Which corresponds well with the Mirror Bride wearing a wedding dress. It also tells of the Phantom’s extremely pedantic nature and/or preparation. Interesting to see that the word “blue” was added. 

“Clocks” is not a watch. It’s a word originally used to describe a wedge added to the lower part of a sock to make it fit well around the foot. This wedge was often camouflaged with nice embroidery, and eventually “clocks” became a generic name of embroidery on stockings, whether it had the a wedge or not.

That’s some hardcore dress history knowledge from Maria Bjørnson. 

(it should be added few or no mirror bride dummies has had these blue stockings and garters. The ones I’ve seen has been white, or they haven’t had any at all. And it’s also not what Christines tend to wear under the wedding dress. But the interesting part is that the Phantom - and Maria B - IMAGINES Christine in this. So as such it’s a part of her wardrobe, like the “Lost dress”) 

anonymous asked:

Random question, but in the musical how do you think the Phantom forced Christine into the wedding dress during Final Lair? I'm currently writing a musical-based fanfiction that involves that moment, and I can't imagine how he would've forced her into it without her running away or fighting back.

This is an excellent question. I’ve never thought about that at all, which is weird, considering it’s a significant event. And you’re right—she absolutely would have fought back. She’s spitting mad when she comes out onstage wearing the dress. (That’s actually one of my favorite parts of the show—“Have you gorged yourself at last in your lust for blood? Am I now to be prey to your lust for flesh?” Gahhh, so good!)

Hmm…I do wonder if he may have threatened Raoul’s life in a way that convinced her he wasn’t messing around. He may have reminded her that he was responsible for the murders of Buquet and Piangi and countless others from his past. He had to have said something that frightened her into putting it on, and I mean something that she truly fears and that she knows he’ll act on if she doesn’t comply.

By that point in the story, Erik has grown quite literally mad with desperation. He’s no longer just frayed around the edges—he’s coming apart at the seams. I think his pain and anger would be so raw at that point that he’d reveal something absolutely horrific about his past to frighten her. He’d switch into villain mode because he wouldn’t know what else to do. He’d be aware that the world refused to consider him as anything other than a monster and he’d be exhausted from trying to prove them otherwise. And so he’d pull a Richard III:

But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
I, that am rudely stamp’d, and want love’s majesty
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
I, that am curtail’d of this fair proportion,
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
Deformed, unfinish’d, sent before my time
Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
And that so lamely and unfashionable
That dogs bark at me as I halt by them;
Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity:
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.


Costumes on display at Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen, 2012-15

The costumes are on display in Sceneriet, the old set storage cellars turned restaurant/ballroom. Most of the costumes there are Masquerade dummies - Golden Lion, Bacchus, Gold Mask Lady, Mob Cap Girl, Mephistopheles. It also seems like a Degas wig has been used on a mermaid from “Peter Pan”. 

In addition the Phantom’s main attire and Christine’s wedding dress is on display, along with the large Golden Angel and the Hannibal elephant.