Yesterday, I woke up singing “Macavity” from Cats. Why? Because I’d read the night before that Richard Armitage played the role, and I couldn’t get the thought of him dancing and singing out of my head. Watch this video and imagine it’s Richard playing Macavity.
Until it closed a few years ago, Cats was the longest running musical on Broadway. Now, that title has been taken over by another Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, and my own personal favorite, The Phantom of the Opera.
I’m a Phantom Phan, in all of its incarnations: the book, the original Lon Chaney silent movie, the Gerard Butler movie (my brother used to go drinking with GB when he was an extra in Attila), but most especially the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and its sequel Love Never Dies. I’ve seen Phantom on stage several times: the original Broadway cast (minus Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford) twice in the Las Vegas Spectacular, and again in New York several years ago. But my favorite version has to be the most recent 25th Anniversary performance, Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, from October 2011. I saw it first at my local movie theater when they streamed it live around the world, then went again a few nights later. Then I bought the UK DVD and a multi-region DVD player (which has come in handy when I go looking for stuff from the UK that I can’t find in the US). Now I want to get the US version on Blu-ray.
|Ramin Karimloo & Sierra Boggess in Phantom 25|
The reason I love this version so much is the cast, especially Christine and the Phantom played by Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo. I first heard about them when Love Never Dies opened in London in early 2010. LND is the sequel to Phantom, set 10 years later. It starred Sierra and Ramin as Christine and the Phantom. They are brilliant in these roles. I got a chance to see LND in London a couple of months before it closed last year (I actually saw it twice on that trip) and I was able to see Ramin do the Phantom (although I missed Sierra as Christine, I did get to see her in Master Class in New York this past summer). Ramin’s performance moved me to tears. He’s a truly exciting actor to watch on stage. And he is super hot too! If you ever get the chance to see Ramin perform anything live on stage, GO!!!
Check out this clip of Phantom 25.
This is the music video for “Til I Hear You Sing” from Love Never Dies which made me first take notice of Ramin Karimloo. He’s not in mask for this (I’m sure it was to make the ladies swoon and get them to come see the show). His voice is so beautiful.