The Shows Must Go On has been revived for a special anniversary screening of The Phantom of the Opera…
Over the summer lockdown, YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On streamed a series of legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals for no cost at all. It was a welcome way to enjoy a dash of musical brilliance, and included hits such as Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, and Cats, all beamed into your sitting room. Now, on the 34th anniversary of the show’s debut in London, The Phantom of the Opera will be streamed tonight, kicking off on the channel at 7pm.
Tonight’s production is a recording of the 25th anniversary production which was staged at the Royal Albert Hall back in 2011. Ramin Karimloo took the role of the Phantom, starring opposite Sierra Boggess as Christine and Hadley Fraser as Raoul, in a production that you may have seen in cinemas at the time. You might also catch a glimpse of the show’s original stars performing their top songs at the end of the show, too! The Phantom of the Opera will kick off from 7pm, Friday, October 9, on the YouTube channel, and it’ll be available for 24 hours free of charge.
In the meantime, check out Webber’s virtual rendition of “All I Ask Of You”, orchestrated earlier this year with the help of the internet and group video calls. Give it a watch on YouTube here, it really is quite something.