Hearken to me, haters of Erik, antishippers of E/C: “If I am the Phantom it is because man’s hatred has made me so and if I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.” Or in the musical the fact that when the Phantom first tells Christine he loves her… It is also the very last thing he tells her. Or the fact that Erik in fact happily dies of a broken heart since he loves her so much and she gave him everything with so little. The fact that he never won, he never knew any kindness and he had to go through some extremely dark places and still – still he could believe in love and beauty, after a life where he’d had neither.
Erik is not a villain. Erik is no evil mastermind. He is a dreamer beaten down, a lover of beauty mocked by fate, a pure heart delving in loneliness, a magnificent mind held back by the sorrowful reality of the body.
And he wasn’t about taking, not until everything went wrong, not after he was redeemed. He was gentle and he wanted to give Christine everything. He did not care about fame or money – all that was for her. But in the end he gave her everything by letting her leave with the Vicomte.
All he ever asked for? A normal life. A living bride. Someone to touch him and not die.
This gif is from the triumph commonly known as the 25th anniversary. Ramin honours Erik’s character with his Final Lair scene. And Sierra does the same for Christine. This gif destroys me softly. Christine stops to glance back one last time and this is what the Phantom does. Nods. Let’s her go. Acknowledges that everything went wrong, that he “loved her too much and dived too deep”. She knows this, too. But that doesn’t stop love. In fact, it makes it spark, bloom, shine. This is the moment they both finally see clearly. (//In the book this moment is the one where E/C cry together.)
This right here is what makes The Phantom of the Opera a tragedy. Not the murders, not Erik’s own demise, not his spiralling into hurtful madness. The tragedy of his character comes out in the light of his redemption. The tragedy of all-consuming love which is unfulfilled and still gives all, takes life, makes one human.
This kind of love story never gets old. Innocent and easy as Christine and Raoul’s love might’ve been, their story alone wouldn’t have lived this long. PotO is the Ghost’s love story, and love he did, with a fervour unequaled. And that took the courage of a hero, as did seeing clearly, as did letting her go. The Phantom of the Opera is the hero of his own story, and he never knew it.
I’m streaming a handful of musical features this afternoon that aren’t necessarily family friendly, depending on your limits. For those unfamiliar with the movies in question, warnings across the board for murder and sexual promiscuity.
Chicago circles around the stories of women on death row and their attempts to get exonerated; all violence takes place off stage, but backstories are discussed in varying levels of detail. It also includes infidelity and a faked pregnancy.
Rocky Horror doesn’t show much overt violence or any real sexual content on screen, but the fade to black is more of a shadow play. It includes murder, infidelity, and the suggestion of cannibalism. The main character has also brought to life a virile young man solely for the purpose of his sexual pleasures.
Repo!The Genetic Opera is… well, if you have any issues with visceral blood and gore or lewd sexuality, don’t go near it. It definitely has eye things, there’s drug use, there’s… just ALL the triggers. Every single one.
13:30 EST (1:30 pm for those on 12 hour schedules) Chicago 15:30 EST (3:30 pm) Rocky Horror Picture Show 17:30 EST (5:30 pm) Repo! The Genetic Rock Opera
<b>Raoul:</b> Christine, whatever you may think, this man, this thing is not your father!<p/><b>the Phantom:</b> lol<p/><b>Christine:</b> *doesn't even a bat an eyelid* raoul you are clearly missing the point of what's happening here<p/><b>the Phantom:</b> how awkward, such a dull boy<p/><b>Christine:</b> omg I know<p/><b>the Phantom and Christine:</b> omg<p/><b>Raoul:</b> Christine!<p/></p>
I’ve been engrossed in Pokemon Moon and this is my team humanized! From top to bottom is Orpheus (Lunala), Fontanye (Primarina), Cheval (Mudsdale), Aedus (Toucannon), Bijou (Alolan Raichu), and Olga (Tsareena). They’re Regency inspired.
More info about them below the cut. Prepare for long text and world building-ish.
bexmader Feeling utterly pampered and spoiled by the fantastic beauty team at Opera Lounge here in Barcelona! Thank you so much for my fab blow out and mani pedi. I’m ready for my weekend now! Mucho Gracias!!! Besos!💚😘 @operaloungebarcelona (x)
You can play the Phantom, you can play Ariel, you can play Danny Zuko, you can play Annie, you can play Valjean, you can play Elphaba, but until you play Milky White you ain’t shit in the musical theatre world.