Phantom furnishes period architecture, dress, lifestyles, props, venues
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera assumes Cinderella-like dimensions. Its storyline brings to viewers a beautiful and talented music-lover’s happy successes to the detriment of a talented and tormented beast. It comes from France’s nineteenth-century folklore and twentieth-century literature, as:
• anecdotes concerning a ballet student’s skeleton in Paris Opéra’s 1841 production of Carl Maria von Weber’s (November 18/19, 1786 – June 5, 1826) Der Freischütz (The Marksman), the Bazar de la Charité’s fire on May 4, 1897, and Garnier’s underground labyrinths; and
• a Gothic novel published by Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux (May 6, 1868 – April 15, 1927) in Le Gaulois of September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910 and Pierre Lafitte et Cie in April 1910.