We are all heartsick over the loss of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows through June 2021, but we can still enjoy the music of the night, and of matinee, at these performances of the ever-popular Phantom of the Opera and other musicals.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical “The Phantom of the Opera” is streaming FREE this weekend, filmed at the 25th Anniversary performance in London in 2011, at the Royal Albert Hall.
It’s an encore performance of his summer-long free streaming of Webber musicals on his channel The Shows Must Go On, which also streamed stage versions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats.
It’s to celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber’s birthday – how lovely that he’s giving us a gift for his birthday!
The encore free streaming is through Sunday, Oct. 11.
The performance features Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom, Sierra Boggess as Christine and Hadley Fraser as Raoul.
A special treat is a glimpse of the show’s original stars performing their top songs at the end of the show.
As far as I am concerned, that is the best part of the performance – when FOUR London Phantoms are on stage singing the signature song with Sarah Brightman, and then without her sharing The Music of the Night.
I lost track of how many times I rewound and replayed that part of the show. FOUR Phantoms. One song. Incredible.
BTW – Phantom of the Opera ran on Broadway for 32 years, and those of you who saw the Broadway version will recognize that the London version is much different.
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The Broadway Drive-In is a new hybrid concept combining film with live mini-concerts by Broadway performers.
Spectators have the choice of watching the shows from their vehicles or from reserved picnic tables, outfitted with boom boxes for audio, that seat up to four people. So this drive-in is accessible for those of us who do not own cars.
The Broadway Drive-In is in Queens, at Halletts Point Play, a 50,000-square-foot stretch of the waterfront in Astoria, so it is appropriate that the live music is by the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
Unfortunately, the experience is not cheap – $80 to $100 for one vehicle up to four people. So let’s consider it a splurge.
There are performances Thursday to Sunday through October.