Two Musicals I'm looking forward to this year:
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starts May 13, 2008 at the Lyric Theatre, Star City, Pyrmont NSW.
Ticket prices: $104.90, $89.90, $79.90 and $35.90 (ticketmaster)
About PHANTOM OF THE OPERA:
The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the novel by French novelist Gaston Leroux. The music was composed by Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe directed by Harold Prince, choreographed by Gillian Lynne, lighting by Andrew Bridge and designed by Maria Bjornson.
The musical focuses on a beautiful singer, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius known as "The Phantom of the Opera," who terrorizes the Paris Opera House.
WICKED (The Untold Story of the Witches of OZ) will start showing in Melbourne in July 2008. Not much details yet as they are still auditioning to complete the casting. You may register at www.ticketek.com.au for announcements and advance ticket sales prompts.
I'm hoping they will tour in Sydney too or else, I'd have to go to Melbourne just to see it.
Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a libretto by Winnie Holzman. The story is based on the best-selling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, a re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz. The musical tells the stories of Glinda and Elphaba, two young witches who eventually become the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively, and is set mostly prior to Dorothy's arrival from Kansas. The plot also includes several references to the classic 1939 film.
Wicked tells the story ofElphaba, misunderstood and victimized, who grows up to become the Wicked Witch of the West, and of her reactions to the charlatan Wizard's corrupt government. It also shows the development of her relationship with the beautiful and ambitious Galinda Upland, who becomes Glinda the Good Witch of the North. Throughout the show, their friendship struggles to endure their opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, and Elphaba's eventual fall from grace.
Three reasons why I can't wait to see these musicals:
- Both storylines are simply captivating
- Riveting songs (love love love the songs)
- Great production
Note: Click on the Musical's Logos to link to their respective websites.