It’s the week before Halloween, and yet it still doesn’t feel like fall. Let’s spend the week catapulting ourselves into the spooky mood by watching holiday-adjacent old movies. I’m sorry, but we’ve all seen Hocus Pocus too damn many times.
Phantom of the Opera has been running on Broadway for more than 25 years—an impossibly long time—and it shows its age. But in 1988, it was the hottest shit going, and it had the splashy premiere to prove it.
Good gravy, have I got some news for you: Soprano Sarah Brightman, a.k.a. the original Christine from Phantom of the Opera and the former Mrs. Andrew Lloyd Weber, is going to outer space. What next? Is Michael Crawford planning to journey to the center of the Earth? Whatever—Sarah Brightman for Queen of Space!
Wonderful news for those of you cherishing fond memories of their Phantom of the Opera phase (you know who you are): There's not one but two TV adaptations of the original, turn-of-the-century novel currently in the works. Dueling Phantoms! Double the Phantom! Now with more musical menace than ever!