Phantom of the Opera for community theatre groups

aussieskates
Swing
joined:12/14/08
I belong to an Australian Facebook website that does theatre reviews and announces upcoming auditions for local community theatre groups.

Today two different Melbourne companies are planning to stage Phantom of The Opera next year. Is it just me, or is staging a show that relies on spectacle and tremendous singing skill as a car accident waiting to happen?

It is always a risk, but how could it be done at a level where audiences wouldn't be unfavorably comparing the Broadway production to something smaller.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
Broadway Legend
joined:9/16/07
Shrug. Les Mis requires spectacle and singing, but amateur groups have been handling that without the world ending. I don't normally compare a community theatre production against the Broadway one. Is that an Australian thing?

Updated On: 10/8/12 at 02:04 PM
TheatreDiva90016
Broadway Legend
joined:4/10/04
And are the rights even available?
"TheatreDiva90016 - another good reason to frequent these boards less."<<>> I hesitate to give this line of discussion the validation it so desperately craves by perpetuating it, but the light from logic is getting further and further away with your every successive post. <<>> -whatever2
CJ N2N
Featured Actor
joined:7/8/11
The rights are available for high schools and colleges (my own high school did it two years ago) but I thought they weren't available for community theaters... Then again, it could be different in Australia.
AEA AGMA SM
Broadway Legend
joined:8/13/09
And there are a lot of versions of The Phantom of the Opera, so these companies may just be stating they are doing the show, not necessarily the Andrew Lloyd Webber adaptation.
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Phyllis Rogers Stone
Broadway Legend
joined:9/16/07
In googling this I saw the OP was complaining about this on another site, and on there he posted a link to one of the Austrialian productions, and it says it is the Lloyd Webber version.
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