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The two principal South African Meg Girys:

Left: Tandi Meikle, was the original Meg Giry of the South African productions in 2004, performing in Johannesburg and Pretoria. In the revival in 2011-12 she was the dance captain and, I believe, understudying the role of Meg. 

Right: Cat Lane was Meg Giry in the 2011-12 revival. Like many other from the South African cast and crew she stayed with Phantom when touring in Asia from 2012 (the World Tour). She left the tour in 2013 to star as Meg Giry in London’s West End. 

Photos in large by Pat Bromilow-Downing.  

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Influences on the Restaged Tour -> 25th anniversary Concert

One of the more interesting things about the restaged tour is how it took inspiration from other major works or adaptations on ALW’s show. Here are some (but not all) possible ways the 25th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall may have influenced the restaged tour:

  1. Hannibal: The concert’s version lacked several major props, with one of the most notable being the elephant in Hannibal (likely due to difficulties with getting the objects onto the stage). Instead, Piangi merely kneels on the floor (and has a brief struggle with his “sword”). Similarly, the restaged tour did not have an elephant (though they have a cardboard prop of it peeking out), and Piangi undergoes a similar tug-of-war with his own sword.
  2. The red rose: Both the concert and the restaged tour feature Raoul giving Christine a red rose when he greets her in ‘Little Lotte’. The reason for this is likely because of a line in Love Never Dies, in which Christine claims that Raoul always gave her a red rose after her performance. The addition of it in the original is probably meant to make that connection to the sequel.
  3. Il Muto: As with Hannibal, the concert’s version of Il Muto lacked one of its largest props, the bed that Carlotta and Christine sit on during the show. The concert instead had the two sitting on what appears to be a fainting couch, and the restaged tour similarly copies that.
  4. The rooftop: In both the concert and the restaged tour, the rooftop scene has Christine collapsing to the floor in grief and terror, prompting Raoul to come over to her and beginning ‘All I Ask of You’.
  5. Strangling Christine: The concert’s version of the ‘Final Lair’ lacked the portcullis that would normally keep Raoul out, and so the blocking was changed so that the Phantom would strangle Christine, a threat to keep Raoul at bay. The restaged tour mimics this, even down to Christine falling to her knees as she struggles to breathe.
Take the Sky From Me...

Okay, but: Firefly AU Hannigram

Hear me out. In the Firefly ‘verse, if you’re wealthy, you can literally get away with anything, including murder. Hannibal is the rich, charming, inner world doctor. And maybe there are even whisperings of what is really served at his dinner parties, but that just makes everyone more intrigued. (And, I mean, when you conveniently have a group of people that just sometimes show up and cannibalise people, you have an easy scapegoat)

Meanwhile, poor Will, like River, was taken by The Academy because of his empathic abilities, which, through training, develop into full blown telepathy and telekinesis. After his training is finished, he is forced to work alongside Operatives, used in interrogations and examining crime scenes with his special skills.

Hannibal is touring some medical facility and Chilton, who wants to show off to Hannibal, is like “Oh, you just have to see my greatest achievement” And brings out Will.

Of course, Hannibal is immediately taken with Will, but he bristles at the idea that Chilton controls him. Chilton, who has no idea what he has in his hands. Because when a piece of marble naturally forms in the shape of Michelangelo’s David, you don’t get credit for buffing it with a rag.

So Hannibal hires Freedom Fighter Ex-Browncoat Team Sassy Science to break Will out. They think they’re doing something really great, getting Will away from the Academy, and have no idea who they’re really handing him over to…