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Phantom Thread: It’s Time to Give Joel Schumacher’s Phantom Of The Opera Adaptation its Due

Phantom Thread: It’s Time to Give Joel Schumacher’s Phantom Of The Opera Adaptation its Due

Originally, I was holding off on digging into Joel Schumacher’s 2004 adaptation of Phantom of the Opera until later on in this series, but with his passing a few months ago, I thought that it only made sense to make the next installment of my Phantom Thread series a celebration of Schumacher’s lavish and ostentatious adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, showering it with all the adulation that it has always deserved. Many of its critics faulted this version for being too faithful to the cultural phenomenon that is Webber’s crowning achievement in live theatre, but honestly, this wasn’t ever going to be the gothic horror show from Gaston Leroux’s original novel, and I’m not sure why anyone ever expected any differently from this rendition.

In terms of what Joel Schumacher and Andrew Lloyd Webber set out to create with their collaborative efforts on

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