The previously announced U.S. screenings of the South Korean production of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s Phantom, a musical version of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera, will include an NYC showing at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre September 20 at 2 PM.
Filmed by Wys en Scène at the Charlotte Theater in South Korea, the cast features K-Pop sensation Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, soprano Sunhae Im, and ballerina Joowon Kim. The film, running two hours and 57 minutes, will be presented in Korean with English subtitles.
Phantom is set in late 19th-century Paris, where Erik, a musical genius cursed with a monstrous face, lives in hiding in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. When he hears Christine Daaé's angelic voice, he is determined to make her the new diva. Carlotta, the opera house's resident star, is overcome with jealousy and devises a plan to ruin Christine's debut. Erik is enraged and takes his revenge upon her, setting in motion a series of events that leads to the revelation of his past and his tragic demise.
Yeston and Kopit previously collaborated on the Tony-winning musical Nine. Their Phantom premiered at Houston's Theatre Under the Stars in 1991. A cast album preserves the score. Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway's longest-running production, recently announced it will play its final performance in 2023.
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