in my mind he was totally thinking of her during that opera scene


PETER JÖBACK: So… I expected to maybe like him better than I did? Cause I like what he brings to the role, how he talks about it, I like so much *around* the actual interpretation and performance. But was kinda underwhelmed. Or, I liked his Phantom. Quite a bit, in fact. But I didn’t *love* his Phantom.

So, OK, his Swedish Phantom was definitely the most solid of the lot. He sounded more comfortable singing in his mother tongue, not forcing an accent, which made him less twangy. A very good thing. Also, he seemed to maybe have more leeway with the acting specifics, which made him add some discrete ad-lib-ing moments. And yet…

Though his Phantom was solid in so many ways, I still had the feeling of seeing more of a caricature? Like, more Phantom Manor than Phantom of the Opera. More how he thought the role should look than what the character is. Everything seemed just a *bit* exaggerated. And frankly, though he probably sung his heart out, I didn’t quite feel he had the voice to nail it. Like, he has the range, but not the booming quality. You can do elements of kitsch if you have the voice to justify it (Ian Jon Bourg, Scott Davies). But with a good voice with pop phrasing, you better keep the acting on the classy or classical side, so there is a balance. But he went for exaggerated hand gestures, lots of bent knees, and not fully justified moments, paired with a good voice with a pop approach.

All that said, I saw two slightly different performances from him. One Friday evening, where he clearly struggled voice wise, shifted way too much between chest voice and falsetto, and rather devastatingly missed the high note in «Down Once More». Also finished MOTN long before the orchestra. I was like «???». I remembered him as vocally much better. Turns out he is. That performance was either an off-night or just low energy. On the Saturday matinée he seemed more secure, with steadier voice, longer notes and also not missing any key notes. Was very happy to see him a second time and see that he handled the score fine.

I quite liked him in the Mirror Scene, the Phantom’s curse, as Red Death and in the Final Lair. Those were stand-out scenes for me. Those are also scenes where you expect the larger-than-life acting. His MOTN in the Saturday matinée was also quite nice, and he did a gorgeous «soooaaaar».

His Final Lair was definitely the most interesting one. He stumbled around stage with bent knees, was quite unpredictable, and displayed some fine acting. I also loved his added «NEEEEJ!!!», pronounced like a small, spoiled child experiencing someone taking his toys away. He did it three times; one after Christine throws the wedding veil at him, once right before letting Raoul loose of the magical lasso, and I can’t remember the third one. It was a good detail.

Yet, I stand by what I wrote above, about his Phantom feeling like a caricature at places, and that he has too much of a pop sound in his voice. Things I thought could be done differently. But all in all a solid Phantom, a good voice, and the sole reason this production came to be, probably. I was very happy to see him twice, to see how he might do stuff differently the second time, and to get a feeling of what his Phantom was all about. And it should be added that he had good chemistry with Emmi Christensson.

EMMI CHRISTENSSON: WHAT. A. GEM!!!!!!! Gorgeous, soaring, clear, bell-like, strong voice. A nuanced and detailed portrayal. So beautiful on stage.

I saw her as Cosette in the Norwegian tour in 2014, and adored her voice. I’ve heard clips from her London run as Christine, and loved it. So obviously I was hyped to see her live in Stockholm. But she was WAY better than I imagined. She had moments of very nervous, distressed emotions - not quite on the level of Anna O’Byrne, but still distressed. Kinda hammering the palm of her hands over her ears in the WYWSHA intro is one example, desperately trying to kill the voices. She also looked so perfectly innocent on stage.

Standout scene for me was WYWSHA - the whole thing seemed so genuine and so in despair. Instead of going for «listen to the grandeur that is my voice», she took it down a notch, displaying Christine’s grief and solitude. It was really nice. A bit similar to Mia Karlsson in Copenhagen. TOM was also a thing of beauty. Such a gorgeous voice, so feather light and pleasant and yet with a strength, especially the upper notes. TOM was a scene I never wanted to end, in large because of her voice, but also because of Anton Zetterholm’s acting, and because of the GORGEOUS World Tour Elissa skirt. Baaah.

Also, the Swedish translation of «The tears I might have shed for your dark fate…» is one of my favourites out there, and was extremely well delivered by Emmi C: «Du kunde fått förståelse och stöd. Men nej - jag kunde se dig DÖD!» (you could have gotten understanding and support (from me). But no (now) I could (happily) see you DEAD). That’s strong words.

All in all, Emmi Christensson really is one of those ultimate Christines. I loved her portrayal, I adored her voice, I loved many of the details, and she totally looked the part. And she’s Swedish too. Can’t beat that combo.

ANTON ZETTERHOLM: Due to a very Copenhagen-esque directing in the Swedish revival, Anton Zetterholm did have moments where he reminded a bit of Tomas Ambt Kofod. And y’all know that will never be a bad thing, as Kofod is probably my all-time fave Raoul.

That’s however not to say that Anton Zetterholm was a blueprint. He had moments where I got the feeling he tried to imagine why Raoul reacted as he did. For example, a more unique detail was exactly HOW bored Anton’s Raoul seemed to be during TOM, tapping his fingers, looking around, mostly looking like he wanted to leave. When Mme Firmin looked through her binaculars, he seemed to get curious and borrow them from her, only to discover it’s CHRISTINE, and then he is on fire, leading up to his sung lines. The change from utterly bored to super exited was more pronunced than I’ve ever seen it before. Really, REALLY good acting. And also kinda justifying the Phantom’s raging «slave of fashion» - this Raoul isn’t really into music, he’s only into Christine. Though not because the rest of Paris is. Rather due to their childhood friendship.

He also had fine moments in «Little Lotte», where he perceived what Christine told him so innocently and so different from what she intended. He wasn’t brushing her off, but appearing to think she was talking allegorically, but then getting down to business - food, catching up over dinner, the joy of meeting his childhood friend again, the joy over her triumph and her success.

Last, but not least, he really REALLY fought that magical lasso in the Final Lair. I was about to write “like his life depended on it”, which I guess is quite suitable for the role of Raoul in that moment…

And on the shallow side: so cool to see a blonde Raoul. Costume design (and slightly Barton) coming alive!

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This post got away from me. Its embarrassingly long. I didn’t realize how many feelings I had about Leroux and the nature of the tragedy that takes place. Namely its this: the saddest part of the book is how quickly things got out of hand for everyone involved. 

To wit– I think a lot of people assume Erik goes into his Angel of Music ploy with a firm plan: 

1) trick Chrstine
2) make her a star
3) kidnapping
4) ?????
5)profit walks in the park.

 Going back to the text I think its within the realm of possibility, but I don’t think we can say Erik’s plan is a hard fact. Likely? Yes. But here me out–

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anonymous asked:

HoHo I noticed you got an open request box there~~ if you don't mind, I would like to request RFA(and V+Saeran, if you really want to but you don't have to:) ) reacting to MC having a really protective brother/sister? And they are vEry protective like don't even think about being mean to MC because they will frick you up, but ofc they approve eventually

of course you can~ !

scene: you finally convince your partner to meet your sibling over dinner at their house

note: super very long post! I didn’t write for Saeran this time sorry!


- he is a nervous wreck and he looks like he can faint anytime
- “what if he doesn’t like me? what if he doesn’t like what I do as a living? what if he-“
- and then the doorbell rings and he just freezes
- you had already set the table up so you move to get the door but he immediately stops you with his shaky hand
- you tell him for the millionth time that he’s going to be fine and just be natural
- when your brother comes in, he shot a glare at Zen as if already disliking him, but tbh it’s just the way he looks at people to say “I’m watching you”
- throughout the entire dinner Zen is just uncomfortable in his seat and he looks as if he can just act out a scene from a soap opera
- your brother starts shooting him so many questions but Zen does his best at answering them
- then your brother begins to ask really personal and private questions about your love life and you want to stop him but Zen replies in such a cool and confident manner
- your brother can definitely see that he loves you and will care for you
- and your brother already likes him despite threatening him if he ever dares to hurt you
- he also warns Zen not to get fame to his head and neglect MC and Zen promises to always have you as his no.1 priority
- from that day you can literally call the both of them best friends


- he had his personal chef create simple yet fancy dishes and serve expensive red wine
- he’s so calm and collected so you think he’s going to be just fine but internally he’s screaming and wishing that he would be a cat in his next life
- then your older brother arrives at the penthouse and you can immediately tell that he’s impressed
- your brother extends his hand for Jumin to shake but Jumin didn’t do anything until you nudge him
- “it’s just another business meeting. think of him as a client or a colleague” - Jumin keeps having this in his mind and repeating it like a mantra
- so over dinner you brother starts asking tons and tons of questions and Jumin is clearly uncomfortable despite maintaining a calm face
- finally when dinner is over, Jumin feels a little relaxed
- but then your brother wants to talk to Jumin privately, so you simply excuse yourself to the bedroom
- Jumin is literally shaking but he’s trying his best not to
- “just because you’re rich doesn’t mean you’re the best for my little sister”
- those words pierced through Jumin’s heart in an instant and instead of fear, anger is taking over
- immediately Jumin calmly explains why he loves you so much and emphasise that he will do anything just to see you smile
- he may not be the best at showing emotions right away, but he is the best at taking care of you
- and from Jumin’s impressive speech which came directly from his heart, your brother nods his head in approval and mentions wanting to meet another time
- you have never seen Jumin so happy and relieved at the same time as soon as your brother exits the penthouse door


- your elder sister is arriving and Yoosung is already seated at the dining table quietly
- usually he’d be playing LOLLOL at this time but he can’t because of the all the nervousness
- when your sister finally arrives, he stands up to greet her rather awkwardly
- she simply stares at him and Yoosung doesn’t know what to do so he just directs her to the table
- the entire dinner is in silence because your sister wants to evaluate Yoosung but Yoosung is just panicking internally
- he tries to start up conversations by talking about himself
- but she starts picking at his flaws like “oh you’re just a university student how can you take care of MC”
- and he stands up suddenly saying that he cooks every time and cleans the house
- despite having a lot of school work, he dedicates time just for MC
- and your sister nods in approval but she’s still weary of how Yoosung can keep on going
- before she leaves she did warn Yoosung that she’ll be keeping a very close eye on him and Yoosung is totally fine with that because he is finally confident of himself and in your relationship


- your older brother comes just on time and Jaehee answers the door
- before dinner even begins, he’s already talking to Jaehee and asking her tons of questions
- he’s impressed that she has a stable job but he’s very concerned about how she can manage herself to spend time with you
- his first impression of Jaehee is that she’s too serious all the time and he wonders if she’s ever a good match for you
- but her intelligent answers proved him wrong
- even so, he warns her that if she ever neglects MC, she’ll never get to meet MC again
- and then dinner starts, though awkwardly in the beginning, it progresses to become a fun night
- not to mention your brother and Jaehee get along extremely well talking about their love for coffee


- your brother is so unimpressed with Seven
- is he a joke or something? why does the house smell like phD pepper and honey buddah chips???
- and the way Seven talks is just weird
- your brother doesn’t even know why you chose this man
- dinner is not happening until your brother gets to know Seven more
- Seven is way too nervous and answers all the questions as if it’s a joke
- but when your brother asks him serious questions, Seven becomes serious too and that’s the side your brother is looking for
- your brother warns Seven if he ever treats you and your relationship as a joke, Seven will get hell for it
- Seven swears he’ll do all he can to make sure you’re happy
- and then dinner starts and your brother is glad at least it’s a real dinner and not junk food
- before your brother leaves, he mentions to Seven that he will be dropping in from time to time to make sure MC is eating healthily
- and that’s the perfect excuse for you to store away all of his soda and chips


- not to be mean but V’s blind??? so how will he ever take care of you?
- your brother is unsure that V’s fit for you so during dinner he inquires V
- V answers him in his usual cool and kind demeanour and your brother likes his personality
- but your brother is still skeptical of how V can take care of you properly so he wants to drop in from time to time
- V of course has no problem with it and agrees immediately
- dinner goes by smoothly and soon your brother leaves
- the moment he does, V is so relieved because he was super nervous, just that he didn’t show it
- you’re so proud of V and you’re sure your brother will like him even more once he sees more of V
- and even though your brother didn’t mention his love for photography to V, you told V that he’s actually a big fan of his works
- and V is so happy

Empire : a slice of Shakespeare, a dash of Dynasty, and a whole lot of Maury Povich-style crazy !

And I am so freaking here for that ! This show is the absolute everything ! Damned.

Like this scene, THIS SCENE !

[Gifs, above and under, not mine. Found on Tumblr. Thank you, Internet]

How freaking “OMG what the TWIST !” was it ? ‘Cause, sure, there were clues. From the very moment Olivia appeared, the way Luscious reacted to seeing her with cutie pie Lola, all those 3 or 4 episodes ago. And yet again, during last episode ‘s flashbacks, the looks they exchanged and all. So, no, it wasn’t as if they had been trying to make it subtle, they had been telling from the start that something was amiss and all. And yet, it didn’t detract from the effectiveness of that scene, that moment. It was just a freaking great and enjoyable tv moment, in a fantastic Shakespearean drama, Dynasty soap opera, Maury Povich talk show way. Like, you got all the family in one place, in one room, with someone important missing and his presence looming large, some high-task multi-million signing is supposed to be happening, while some older juicy (and darker) berry+young hip son/artist love is being separated, and that white girl who came from nothing is clapping back at her assholish father-in-law and earning some look of approval and respect from her tough Cookie mother-in-law, all of it leading to a “I am the Daddy, she ain’t your daughter, she your sister” at gun point multi face-off. Like what the freaking hell ?

Beysus, I can’t with this show. I just can’t. Too much, too good.

Also, how about the overload cuteness that was Lola’s goodbyes to André ?

I mean…how…in…can…you…ARGH ! 

Also, how freaking cool is that name of hers : Lola Lyon ? Like how…in…? I mean, if this lil’ girl isn’t the Next Supreme and the heir to my queen on the Empire throne…I tell you, people, just watch.

Also, is it me or was Try Byers particularly hot in all of his scenes ? Love me some. And that musical therapist who wanted to go and pray had me (and André) like “Bish, whet?”

That was funny. And even though I am not sure about this kind of move (professionally and ethically wise), I hope we get to see more of her during André journey. And not automatically as a “replacement” for Rhonda who I still kind of like and respect. Girlfriend had just had enough of Luscious assholery and told him right! 

And the Queen approved! You go girl !

So, back to André and that therapist girl, even though they could be quite hot together, I am not sure about them hooking up, ‘cause it may be a bit too obvious. I think I’d rather have her be an actual good therapist Dre, helpful and supportive influence, who could, for instance, help him understand that he can’t just use sex (and other’s people sexual agency) to solve his problems.

Last thought : I love to despise Luscious so much. Like, Cookie is my queen, and all, but Luscious is kind of fascinating too. At some point, when he was comparing himself to God and then, after having dropped his “I am the Daddy” bomb, and that abusive fucker had been shot dead in the head, when he looked around like 

and told the sons in front of who he had just revealed himself to be a daughter-in-law fucker something like “what you looking at ? I just saved yo black asses!” I was like “Nigga whet?! NOW you’re trying to “save face”? Like what the freaking hell? How in your narcissistic selfish egomaniac mind of yours do you think you can try and talk back at anybody right the fuck NOW?” I am like…Yeah, that man is…I have no word. NO WORD. And I am so here for that ! I am here for that kind of fantastic complex and polarizing black lead character on my tv. He is despicable and I am not rooting for him but that drive, that ego, that crazy inflated self-serving and survival strength he has is fascinating to watch. Also, I still think him and Cookie have the hottest chemistry on tv right now. And not just the sexual kind. When he tried and persuade her to take her “rightful” place at his side ruling that Empire of theirs, I was here for that, THAT kind of partnership, the black Lyons ruling over the world. Fuck yeah ! 

Now of course my queen shut him down just right. And I am totally here for her to get some of that Mal young blood piece of hotness. Like, how adorably giggling and fun and kind of freaky kinky was she trying to show him the goodies right on the family table ?!

So, go and get some (1st class p’ eating), Cookie, you damned sure deserve it.

But I also want her to sign those damned papers and get her fair share of that Empire and then some more.

She the Lyonness, she the Queen, she shall rule. BOW DOWN.

All hail the freaking queen ! 

anonymous asked:

Asking all my fav phatom people this, imma get to the bottom of it. In the stage version of poto, what do you think is going through the minds of E/C during point of no return? Does she know its him under the robe? She gets pretty into the performance. But how could she not know it is him?

OOOH ok. Well, short answer: I think it honestly, really depends on the actress/director/etc. Honestly….the logic of Christine’s character can be super, duper inconstant. Some performances, its like “whoa she is constantly entranced by his voice…she can’t help herself” and other times, she is very much aware of what is happening around her with lots of agency and sass. By all accounts, there is NO WAY that she could not know it was him during that scene, though. I mean, she has listened to his voice for years…and he has been singing at her for the majority of the play??? Also, she is aware that there is a scheme to lure him out of his lair so she should be expecting him at any given moment?? Sometimes I feel like the directors can’t decide what they want from the character and it drives me mad! 

When I was working on PotO as a storyboard project last year (which I…abandoned due to…Fantomestein…heh..) I was trying to think through how that the whole Point of No Return scene worked. For me, PERSONALLY (not an expert of the broadway canon)–it all comes down to the Wishing scene (from a storytelling POV). What exactly is happening there for Christine? 

The way I interpreted it was this: Christine is singing a song of resolution. She is singing to her father, asking for guidance, not sure of what to do. Dealing with the fact that she has been manipulated and used is really hard for her! Maybe part of her wishes that the Phantom is still just what she thought he was–an angel, a ghost, or her dad. But she is seeing now that this is not the case, no matter how hard she…wishes. She is someone who dwells in the past, and she is having to give that up and look to the future–which looks pretty grim at the moment! She sings “help me to say goodbye” to her life with her father, but also her life with the now fallen Angel of Music. 

So, I always saw the end of the Wishing scene as not just a declaration of war on the Phantom’s part (complete with fireballs + angst) but Christine deliberately picking a side (esp. after the Phantom nearly burns Raoul with his crazy fireballs). I think this is confirmed later when she sings “I’ve decided…decided…”. (in the storyboard, juxtaposition-ing Phantom onstage, Raoul in Box 5). She has decided on freedom, on Raoul. On the future. No more gazing across the wasted years, eh? 

THUS, she decides to go along with the scheme of luring him out. And THUS, she totally knows it is him when he shows up. He is not her dad, he is not an angel, she does have a strong connection with him, but he IS still a murderer (who also low-key insults her singing when she doesn’t want to cooperate???). And she doesn’t want to be under his control any longer. 

When she is onstage during the Point of No Return, she is playing the part that the Phantom has written for her. It is prettyyy explicit and laced with innuendo–his words in her mouth. And I’d like to think that she really plays it up and the phantom is taken aback by it. The storyboard that I planned had him going “o-oK WELL LET’S GO TUTS” and beginning to pull her offstage/away from audience/Raoul during the climax of the song, and her breaking away from him, kind of horrified and struggling to maintain her Aminta persona. With her back turned, he begins to entreat her/taunt Raoul with the reprise of All I ask of You. The words that were nice and cute coming from Raoul sound twisted and threatening when coming from the Phantom and I see him kind of grabbing her like “ANYWHERE YOU GO LET ME COME TOOOOO” and her being triggered and frightened and THEN pulling off the mask in front of everyone. 

Also in the storyboards, she’s not wanting to humiliate him by doing this. When she unmasked him the first time, he was pretty fitful, but calmed down and they actually shared A Moment where he was very open and honest with her for 2 seconds, and she legit pitied him. Part of me wonders if that is what she hoped the audience would do?? See him as the miserable man he is, instead of a nebulous ghost dude with mad burn letters?? And WHO knows, they MIGHT HAVE if he didn’t lose his temper, disappear with Christine, and murder Piangi….weh. 

Aaanyway, I have babbled on far too long…*hides* I…honestly don’t even know if that answered your question…but thanks for considering a favorite Phantom person?? You are too kind :,}