I bet you haven’t. but I have.
I was looking at http://operafantomet.tumblr.com blog and I realized that there is limited amount of content about Polish production. I decided to show some of my photos of the scenography. You may hate Polish version or you may love it - but for sure you can say it’s unique on its strange, own way. What you have to know is that it has original scenography and costumes very similar to these from 2004 movie. I have no clue why, but our Erik looks like uglier twin brother of Gerard Butler (but way more talented one!! - I still love you Damian Aleksander! xD)
To avoid some “wtf is going on here?” questions - I owe you some explanation. In Poland we have something called “Museum’s night” when you can visit museums and theatres all night. Very often those institutions are preparing “behind the scenes” shows and this year Opera House in my city, where “Phantom” were played, prepared something called “Phantom’s Lair”. If you were lucky to get special ticket, you were allowed to go on the stage, where some of the scenography were placed and touch it with your own hands ;) Unfortunately, the elephant and the opera’s stairs (you know, from “Masquerade”) wasn’t shown :( Also on the photos you may see some guys in costumes - they are Opera house’s workers who were obliged to scare children xD They are not actors. There was opportunity to see original performers in costumes and talk to them week earlier - I missed it and I’ll never forgive myself for that :( and BTW I want to apologise for the quality of some photos - it was dark and late and I was so excited to be there that my hands were shaking :D
Ok, so let’s get started:
the Mirror, some candles from the Phantom’s lair and street lantern from the cementery:
"Look at your face in the mirror, I am there inside!!" :P
This is the second mirror. It’s very similar to this one from Christine’s dressing room but this one’s is a part of Phantom’s lair and during the show there is Christine’s mannequin inside with the wedding gown. This is the place where Christine collapses.
The organs! They are huge!
As you can see, Polish Phantom’s “flat” has some steampunk touches - I think it’s very cool :P
Please, ignore my friend (sorry, I had to blur her face since she didn’t give me permission to post photos of her online. I don’t have a good photo without any people) and focus on the closer view of the organ’s keyboard! Look at these two fake hands - during the show, the music sheet lays on them :P
box number 5 :)
These “red stalagmite thingies” are used in the “Past the point of no return” scene:
Mr. Phantom himself! :D As I said before, he’s just Opera’s worker. He looked tired, so have some appreciation for the guy xD I hoped he got nice payment for this (and I hope he doesn’t mind that I’m posting this) xD Why I’m doing this? To show you that the Polish production has two Phantom’s costumes. The “main” one is just a classic black tuxedo (similar to the one, the “West End” Phantom is wearing) with the cape. This is the second one - it looks like it’s based on the 2004 movie. As for the mask - well, no comment, I hate how it looks and I’m seriously embarrased everytime I look at this thing. Oh, and the Polish Phantom does not wear the fedora :P
I’ve seen the show twice, but I have the memory of a golden fish and I don’t remember when exactly he’s wearing the second costume. I suspect it’s during the cementary scene after “Wishing…” but I’m not 100% sure. (BTW: did you know that during this scene, the Phantom and Raoul are fighting with spades, just like in the movie? xD Sometimes I have a feeling that the show producers were like: “Ticket to London is too expensive, let’s just borrow the DVD and see if soemone will notice.”)
that mask with golden horns is a part of Andre’s “masquerade” outfit. Guy in the super ugly bear costume is not included in the show xD (but he also deserves for some appreciation, because I was talking with him and he told me that he is one of the people who biult the organs xD)
ok, and you can laugh at this as loud as I was laughing when I saw it. I know that is the most. cheesy. thing. ever. I still have the mark on the forehead from the facepalm I did after noticing it xD But I’m also posting this to show some of the costumes: The main Phantom’s outfit and Christine’s “Masquerade” dress. (Or “Think of me” dress, they look very similar to me, but this one’s “pinkish” so I think it’s from “Masquerade”. Someone please correct me)
and that’s all folks :) I hope you enjoyed this. I’m leaving the opinion up to you. Personally I like this version very much, because that’s the first “the Phantom of the Opera” I saw. (In my opinion it’s like stage version of 2004 movie with better actors and music)
Oh, and sorry for english mistakes!
darthjulitka said: Hello! First of all I wanted to say that I love your blog, sooo many "Phantom" goodies here! This year I had the opportunity to see and touch some of the props from Polish production (The mirror, boat, Phantom's organs etc.) I can share the photos with you, if you're interested! I thought about putting it on my blog, but I think if you post it, more people will see it ;) I know that there are Phans who dislike Polish version, but in my opinion the scenography were actually pretty good :)
Ooooh! I agree that the general view on the Polish production is somewhat split, BUT I think most agree that the sets were truly something. How cool to see it all up close!
I would obviously love to share the photos. Why don’t you post them in your Tumblr, and then I’ll share them from there? So you get the credit and all. :)
ok, I will do this then ;) ;)