MOSCOW, October 5. / Correspondent. TASS Margarita Glukhova /. Russian premiere of the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” with a full house held Saturday evening at the Moscow Youth Palace (MDM) in the framework of the Year of Russian Culture and the UK.
in fact after each executed composition hall burst into applause.
A large-scale preparation of the premiere started over a year ago. To assemble the perfect cast, an international team of directors held auditions in six cities of Russia and CIS countries.
In May, work began on the restructuring and decoration of the hall, MDM, which was conceived turned into a hall of the Paris Opera.
It was decorated with crystal chandeliers, including one in the middle, weighing 650 kg, and appeared on the scene elements rich baroque stucco and gorgeous scarlet curtain.
The whole show the audience, not looking up, fascinated watching the plot fascinating history. The public is provided on the stage of the Paris Opera, then under a starry sky on its roof, the Ghost hideout in the underground lake illuminated by candlelight.
Phantom himself suddenly appeared not only on stage but also in different parts of hall, and his voice, due to the complicated audio equipment, occasionally sounded just behind the spectators. This effect is made to flinch and always look around for the elusive black figure in a white mask.
On the creation of the Russian text of “Phantom of the Opera” Alex has worked Ivashchenko. Thanks trowels translations, as well as brilliantly matched voices of famous songs in the evening did not sound less shrill than the original. Repeatedly after the completion of the next aria audience rewarded the actors with loud applause.
The guests of honor are the authors premiere libretto and lyrics of the musical Stilgou Richard and Charles Hart.
In Russia came and great-granddaughter of the author of the novel “The Phantom opera “Veronique Leroux. Also attended the premiere and Russian celebrities – Alexander and Catherine Strizhenovy, Philip, Anastasia Stotsky, Irina Khakamada, Alexander Zhurbin.
“I saw this musical in New York, where he has been going on for many years, and he seemed a bit dated, – said the actor Maxim Averin. – Here I saw his new reading and heard a great voice. Yet musical – is, first of all, the voice. It seems to me that this is a rebirth of this work, permeated the atmosphere of the theater, his magic and cunning “.
” The Phantom of the Opera “was written in 1984, based on the novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. Premiered in the West End in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988. The performance was the most-lasting in the history of Broadway, he received the award “Oliver” and “Tony.” The show was put in 149 cities of 25 countries, it was viewed by more than 100 million people.
On the stage musical MDM will go every day for two years. According to the producer, the budget of the Russian setting was 6.5 million euros.