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"The Phantom of the Opera," a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux and a famous 1986 musical, is a story about a mysterious, disfigured man who chooses a protégée, Christine Daae, to sing his works and become first lady of the stage in a Parisian opera house.

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We all know “The Phantom of the Opera” as a great show on Broadway and other well-known stages, but the story began long before it became a long-running musical. From newspaper to novel to film to two different stage versions and finally to film again, let’s look at the various ways this timeless tale has been told.

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The story of a young chorus girl, Christine - a young talented singer who, with the right training, could become world famous. While rehearsing at the Opera Populaire, where weird and unexplainable things happen, she captures the attention and the heart of The Phantom, or as the Opera Populaire call him...The Opera Ghost.

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The Phantom of the Opera's origins came from Leroux's curiosity with the Phantom being real. In the prologue he tells the readers about the Phantom and the research that he did to prove the truth of the ghost. His findings connected the corpse from the opera house to the Persian phantom himself. Plot summary

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The twenty-sixth clip from the 2004 film 'The Phantom of the Opera' starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson. Presenting The Phantom of the Opera, the smash hit musical by Andrew ...

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Well, if you want the background to the story, read The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. That tells you the true story, if you believe it really happened like Leroux did. As for the sequel, you're probably talking about the book Phantom by Susan Kay. It tells you about the Phantom's life, but it is complete fiction.

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The Phantom of the Opera, which originated in 1911, narrates a love story of a ghost, Erik, that haunts the Paris Opera House. To explore the history of the creation of The Phantom, it is important to understand the culture or society that gave rise to him.

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Erik (also known as The Phantom of the Opera, commonly referred to as The Phantom) is the title character from Gaston Leroux's novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (1909), best known to English speakers as The Phantom of the Opera.

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Erik is the main antagonist in Joel Schumacher's 2004 The Phantom of the Opera. In the original novel, few details are given regarding Erik's past, although there is no shortage of hints and implications throughout the book. Erik himself laments the fact that his mother was horrified by his...

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Directed by Jamie Crichton. With Paul Hickey, Jonathan Allen, Michael Coveney, Paul Daniels. A documentary about the original "Phantom of the Opera" stage show and its creation.