Phantom of the Opera US Tour.
I’m trying not to laugh. I’ve told you that Cooper Grodin was jumping like monkey and pointing his middle finger at Christine? I thought to make a gif set to demonstrate that. Now look :D
this is super gross, oh my goodness??!
what the everloving awkward fuck did i just watch
no wait I found what his hair reminds me of
i just hate this part because it’s not about the Phantom being devastated that a person (a living, human being!) saw his face. It’s not about his chance of gaining Christine’s trust now being destroyed. He doesn’t cower in remorse or crawl toward her, begging and pleading for her to understand that she may someday find love.
It’s more like, “wtf bitch? i’m going to beat you for that!”
This new blocking is more about male dominance over Christine. And this is one of the best examples of it.
P.S. the more I watch that hair jiggle GIF, the more I notice his jugular region moving.
HORREUR, HORREUR, HORREUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is grody, and it really doesn’t make any sense. She puts her hand on his arm to try to get him to turn around and he just… angrily turns around? Was he so into his beauty regimen that he forgot she was there? It’s not like her sneaking up on him when he’s composing and he has music on the brain.
"His beauty regimen" made me think of this. :/
in my opinion this scene is ridiculous and I want to cry when I watch it, but on the other hand Erik’s behaviour (beside the 1st gif) is actually more Leroux-accurate than traditional ALW’s I Remember/STYDI so I’m just really confused
This scene is actually not that Leroux-accurate, though. The only thing that is similar is that this Phantom grabs Christine’s hair. What I wrote in my review of the restaged Phantom tour is that if Laurence Connor read Leroux (which is doubtful), all that he took away from it was Erik’s aggression. He completely missed the pathos of the character. He also completely missed Christine’s bravery and strength.
Yes, in the unmasking scene in Leroux, Erik grabs Christine by the hair to make her look at him, and then forces her to scratch her own fingernails into his face. He then collapses onto the floor, racked by sobs, and drags himself along the floor into his room.
In a single move, Leroux makes us feel both appalled and incredibly sorry for Erik. Leroux never condones Erik’s actions, but he does make us pity him. Laurence Connor’s Phantom is not pitiable. He is just violent, end of story.
Also, in the next scene in Leroux, when Christine hears Erik playing Don Juan Triumphant in an effort to calm himself down, she is incredibly affected by his music, and she goes to him and tells him to show her his face without fear. She resolves to put on a brave front to ensure her safety, and she is genuinely affected by Erik’s genius.
In sum, if you are going to have a violent aggressive Phantom, you still need to make him a sympathetic character, otherwise the audience will just end up hating him. But even more important than that, you need to have a strong and self-possessed Christine to match him. In this scene, the Phantom throws Christine to the ground and grabs her hair. She does not do anything, however, to assert her strength. This leaves the Phantom unaccountable for his actions, and it makes Christine a victim of his violence. In Leroux, Erik is held accountable for his deeds, and Christine is not a victim. That’s the main difference here, and is one of the primary reasons why this restaged tour is so offensive.