The Music of the Night - The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber

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The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe also wrote the musical's book together. Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Opera Populaire.

The musical opened in London's West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1988. It is the longest running show in Broadway history by a wide margin, and celebrated its 10,000th Broadway performance on 11 February 2012, the first production ever to do so. It is the second longest-running West End musical, after Les Misérables.

Phantom of the Opera (2004 movie)

It is a magnificent production and I think even better than the stage version. Beautiful music, an absolutely fantastic cast, great direction and screen writing, editing, beautiful costumes, make-up, set design, cinematology, and sets. I was immediately swept up with the poignant story and must admit I was rooting with tears in my eyes for Christine to stay with the Phantom and bring love and beauty into his life. Just as an aside, I think it was brilliant making the phantom's face a genetic anomalie rather than Hollywood's usual horror-show monster. You could understand the loneliness, rejection and isolation of the phantom and his desire for love and acceptance by the beautiful Christine.

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Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses

Slowly, gently night unfolds its splendor
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Turn your face away from the garish light of day
Turn your thoughts away from cold unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night

Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams
Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar
And you'll live as you've never lived before

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you
hear it, feel it, secretly possess you,
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness that you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night

Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world
Leave all thoughts of the life you knew before
Let your soul take you where you long to be
Only then can you belong to me

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night