Since I spent the weekend with my nemesis, the head cold, I spent a lot of time watching movies & catching up on TV shows. I'm all caught up on Downton Abbey, Merlin, House, Castle, The Good Wife, & The Vampire Diaries. Yes, some very guilty pleasures in that list. I also watched the 25th Anniversary "The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall." Phantom was the first musical I was ever really interested; I've been in love with the music since I was about 14 years old. I saw it on Broadway when I was about 15 or so... & have continued loving it. As such, I had no idea about this 25th Anniversary recording. The minute I saw it on Apple TV, I rented it. And since I was sick, Mr. X kindly gave me the TV for the entire day. It's about 3 hours of viewing, but 100% worth it. There were even appearances from Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (yes, he's a Lord; I did my research) AND the original cast!!!
|L-R: Sarah Brightman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Crawford, Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo|
Ramin Karimloo plays the Phantom & Sierra Boggess as Christine Daae. Watching these two together, it's a whole different show. Seriously. I don't know if it's simply that I'm older & understand complex emotion or what, but these two actors brought something entirely new to the production. It was incredible!!!
So what did I do after I watched it? I got 2 tickets for Her Majesty's Theatre in April so Mr. X & I can see the show in London! Sure, it'll be the regular cast (i.e. not Karimloo & Boggess), but I think it'll be a great way to end our trip.
That's how I spent my weekend... sick & curled up with the Phantom. I hope you all had a better weekend than I did!