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Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in PHANTOM tonight!

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"With POTO it's different because direction and certain details need to change in order to avoid obvious errors or continuity issues. More specifically in "Past the Point of No Return". In that scene Christine realizes that she is performing with the Phantom and not with Piangi when, towards the end of the song, she puts her hands around Don Juan's face and feels the mask under the cape. Up until now the Phantom part was sung by white actors, Piangi's part was sung by white actors, so no issues. When I was watching Norm and Sierra in the same scene I couldn't stop thinking - "This makes no sense, because Christine would know right away that it's the Phantom, not Piangi, because the color of the hands is different [black]. Piangi is a chubby white Italian dude." "

I'd argue that the same suspension of disbelief that allows me to believe that Christine would not IMMEDIATELY notice that both the body and voice are COMPLETELY different between Piangi and the Phantom allow me to believe that she wouldn't notice that his hands look different either.
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The cloak which Don Juan wears - either as a prop for a play within a play, or as a piece of clothing - is meant to imply and represent at the very least a minimal ambiguity about who may be wearing it. This little gadget - from a director's view point - should allow the audience to continue questioning whether Christine is aware of who is truly behind it.

The hands though are an obvious give away and there's no way most audience members won't think "How is she not seeing this?". Just my take:)
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Personally, we were giggling during the title number because it seemed thatvthe lighting had been dimmed in a (failed) attempt to hide the race of the body doubles.
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I had been meaning to find a tactful way to ask how they were handling the body doubles. The point of no return could easily be solved with a damn pair of black gloves.
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