good news everybody! on a whim I brought the sheet music for Maury Yeston’s Phantom to my voice lesson with my crazy 80 year old opera diva teacher, on the off chance that she would let me learn Christine’s pieces “I was wondering if you knew this show.” “Oh yes, I love it.” And then I died inside. And then I was told to learn all of Christine’s songs to put on my recital.
Again, I’m cool with EC in general as long as it treats the characters right, but I don’t usually go for it. When it comes to the YK Phantom however, I am EC all the way. Mainly because it has little to none of the flaws that plague other adaptations/the original story:
Erik was honest with Christine, so no Angel of Music drama, no father-issues manipulation
Christine didn’t snatch Erik’s mask off so he didn’t fly into a rage
She asked him to take it off- she persuaded him (well, we all know how well that went, but it wasn’t really anyone’s fault)
Erik was still a tantrum-throwing phantom, but being sheltered since birth mellowed it out by a lot
The desire to be together was mutual; Christine didn’t ask Erik to come to that final opera so Philippe could shoot him
She wanted him there because she wanted him there
Christine didn’t have to show some overwhelming act of compassion for Erik to let Philippe go- she literally said he should do it if he loved her
Before anyone wants to attack these reasons, I’m not saying Cherik and YK Christine are perfect because they’ve got their flaws. But if you really think about it, their relationship works a lot like Leroux!RC, arguably even better. Also the whole Christine looking like Erik’s mother thing wasn’t in the original script anyway.
Phandom, you know how we collectively decided to extend YK Phantom week to a month? We made the right choice.
I was snooping around Kuroshitsuji musical videos on youtube and stumbled on this- a new Japanese production of Yeston Kopit’s Phantom; this is one of the preview videos.
Lucky for us, there’s a lot of previews. We can find more by searching “umegei phantom.” Erik’s probably too handsome but last time Japan did YK, it was with the Tarazuaka troupe so we should roll with it.
YK miniseries au where Gerard, unable to cope with his son’s loss, seeks spiritual help from a traveling gypsy psychic. She tells him about a cursed custom that can bring back the dead but warns him against it. Gerard takes Erik’s body to the “dark ground” in Perros and buries him there.
The next day, someone knocks on Gerard’s door. It’s Erik, his body torn, but dapper as always, a warm smile on his face, but the slightest strange twitch in his eye, a stiffness in his limbs, a drawl in his voice.
This isn’t his son. But Gerard doesn’t care.
When Comte Philippe is mysteriously murdered by what seems to be a wild beast some days later, Gerard pretends to be a witness to attest the case. Christine finds out about Gerard’s horrid crime soon enough. But instead of recoiling from the old man in horror, she comes knocking on his door too.
In honor of YK week, I have a confession. I usually ship RC in all phantom adaptations, but I am EC all the way in YK Phantom. Seriously, Philippe can suck it in this one. Cherik is genuinely too precious for them all.