Licensing Company: Concord Theatricals
The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterwork is a timeless story of seduction and despair.
This licensed orchestration is an amalgamation of the Original 1998 Broadway and Original West End Productions.
This version is orchestrated to be stick conducted from the podium and has 2 keyboards in the show, both with lots of programming.
Keyboard 1 (labelled Piano) is the primary piano book but like many ALW shows the book has lots of other sounds and instruments to augment the live orchestra. Piano/Key 1 opens the show with a beautiful music box patch and continues on to play such instruments such as synthesizer, orchestral percussion, celeste, orchestral brass, vibes, choir/voice pads, organ, and harpsichord to name a few. Surprisingly, it is not a difficult book and could likely be played by an advanced level high school student who knows the show as long as they are comfortable navigating the programming and all the patch changes.
Keyboard 2 (labelled Synthesizer) is mostly orchestral padding and includes sounds such as strings with various articulations, voice pads, synth pads, percussion, brass, guitar, and the ever popular “Phantom Mist” among many others. This is a pretty simple book and could easily be played by an advanced level high school player.
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by: Charles Hart
From the novel “Le Fantôme de L’Opéra” by: Gaston Leroux
Additional lyrics by: Richard Stilgoe
Book by: Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Musical Director: David Caddick
Musical Supervisor: David Caddick
Associate Musical Supervisor: Kristen Blodgette
Music orchestrated by: David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Original 1988 Broadway Orchestra
Conducted by: David Caddick
Associate Conductor: Jack Gaughan and Jeffrey Huard
Keyboards: Jeffrey Huard and Kristen Blodgette
Concert Master: Louann Montesi
Violin: Louann Montesi, Fred Buldrini, Alvin E. Rogers, Gayle Dixon, David Davis, Abraham Appleman, Leonard Rivlin and Jan Mullen
Viola: Stephanie Fricker and Veronica Salas
Cello: Bonnie Hartman and Jeanne LeBlanc
Bass: John Beal
Harp: Henry Fanelli
Flute: Sheryl Henze
Flute/Clarinet: Ralph Olsen
Oboe: Robert Botti
Clarinet: Matthew Goodman
Bassoon: Atsuko Sato
Trumpet: Lowell Hershey and Francis Bonny
Bass Trombone: Garfield Fobbs
French Horn: Gary Johnson, R. Allen Spanjer and Peter Reit
Percussion: Eric Cohen and Jan Hagiwara
Music Contractor: Mel Rodnon Music Management, Inc.
Music Preparation: Chelsea Music Services, Inc., Mathilde Pincus and Victor Jaroway
Rehearsal Pianist: Kristen Blodgette and Sande Campbell
The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s enthralling score includes “Think of Me,” “Angel of Music,” “‘Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” “Masquerade” and the title song.