Sunday, January 15, 2012

Journey #26 - The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (CBS Radio Mystery Theater)

Terrorist? Angel? Musical genius? Ghost? Among the many questions surrounding the phantom of the Paris Opera House, one thing is for sure: He is in love with his protegee.

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Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (English: The Phantom of the Opera) is a novel by French writer Gaston Lerooux.  It was first published as a serialisation in "Le Gaulois" from September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910. Initially, the story sold very poorly upon publication in book form and was even out of print several times during the twentieth century.  Iit is overshadowed by the success of its various film and stage adaptations. The most notable of these were the 1925 film depiction, Ken Hill's 1976 musical at the Theatre Royal Stratford East followed twelve years later by Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical, and Lloyd Webber and Joel Schumacher's 2004 film.

Suggested Podcast Episode: "Black Hill" and "The Worm That Gnaws" by Orrin Grey on Pseudopod.
Theme music by Man In Space


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