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The Phantom of Manhattan

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The Phantom of Manhattan

Bertie likes to make fun of me because I judge books by their cover (which she insists I should be above doing as a librarian).  The other day, I found this fun shaped book on the library’s new books shelf that had a 2 to 1 length / width radio (instead of the standard 3 to 2 ratio).

Turns out that the book was The Phantom of Manhatten, a sequel of sorts to The Phantom of the Opera.  I’ve never been the biggest fan of Andrew Lloyd Webbers’s musical version, but the recent announcement that he’s writing a sequel made me wonder if the two are related, which indeed they are:  author Frederick Forsyth is adapting his book with ALW.

So what of the plot?  It’s terribly melodramatic and ends with the accidential assassination of Christine Daae.  But what’s really fascinating is the new opera the Phantom writes: The Angel of Shiloh, based on the American Civil War.  If this stage sequel actually comes to pass, I’ll be very interested to hear the music ALW writes for this opera within the show.