hadley and ramin

Sometimes I think about how amazing the 25th Anniversary concert was, like we had Ramin and Hadley slaying it as Enjolras and Grantaire, and Norm Lewis as Javert and don’t even let me get started on Samantha Barks. And I think hey, let’s watch the 25th Anniversary concert again….

And then.

I remember.

You know who.

Christine, I Love You (Raoul and Phantom Comparison)
Hadley Fraser and Ramin Karimloo
Christine, I Love You (Raoul and Phantom Comparison)

I love the difference between Hadley and Ramin’s interpretation of these simple lyrics. Each performance is so dynamic in its own way.

Raoul sounds like he’s saying the words for the first time. Realizing that saying them allows joy and happiness to flow from him. His words are sincere, but as he’s saying them for the first time, they sound sudden. As if he had been waiting for the moment to say them all his life. Raoul’s love brings freedom. A future. And vulnerability.

Phantom interprets the words differently. As much as he wants the lyrics to liberate him from his mental prison, the words enslave him more. He knows at this point he’s lost her. She’s gone and he’s left with 4 simple words. Words that remind him how much he’s had to let go. Nevertheless, his words are just as sincere as Raoul. The difference is that Phantom has imagined how the words will sound over and over in his head. He’s practiced it until he’s perfected the art of expressing his love - a love he was never shown. A love he’s had to learn because of Christine. 

I applaud both actors for taking 4 words and turning them into a love story that will never be matched. I could go on and on about this as these are my favorite lyrics from the musical. I love how something so simple can be analyzed so deeply. I love how something so ordinary can become so profound through music.

This is why I love Phantom of the Opera.

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Requested:
Royal Albert Hall 2011 - Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Hadley Fraser

Special mentions:

#1: Sierra touches her neck - it seems like a foreshadowing to the choking
#2: Sierra first uses her hands to defend herself, then she holds Ramin’s arms
#5: Ramin forces Sierra to look back at him after she turned to Raoul
#7: Ramin first doesn’t dare to touch Sierra’s hand on his deformity
#8: Hadley wants to go after Ramin (and Ramin just took off his jacket)
#9: Sierra kisses Ramin’s hand
#10: Sierra looks back to Ramin

I was asked some time ago to do a RAH gifset and didn’t know how to do it because there are too many differences in the blocking - I can’t ignore them, they are important for the atmosphere of this interpretation but I also wanted to point the subtle acting choices out. Therefore I decided to do two gifsets, in this one you can see the acting choices that don’t have to do anything with the different blocking.
(The other gifset is can be found here)