So, I saw Phantom for my birthday a few weeks ago at the Baltimore HIppodrome. I loved the entire show, but I think my favorite part was definitely Wandering Child, specifically the bit where the Phantom tries his “come to me angel of music” shtick on Christine only to be interrupted by Raoul.
Now, I’ve seen a few versions of Phantom, and they mostly seem to feature Raoul breaking the Phantom’s hold on Christine by calling out to her in an anguished tone, or grabbing her hand, or something else that emphasizes their love. Not this Raoul, though. This Raoul decided to go for the root of the problem and sucker punch the Phantom of the fucking Opera right in the face.
Christine Daae was a young girl who lost her only family at a young age and in that state of vulnerability she was preyed upon by a stalker, gaslighted, manipulated, and terrorized. If you blame her for trying to escape her abuser to be with the one person who she knows she can trust, you need to not talk to me, thanks.