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The 'other' Phantom haunts area stage

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

The Tony award winning musical team of Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston's "Phantom" - the other Phantom - unmasks the heart-wrenching love story of a disfigured musical genius and his beautiful protegee.

"Phantom" will be on stage one night only, Tuesday, April 3, at the Sioux City Auditorium. Tickets will range from $22.50 to $42.50 and will go on sale Friday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. and can be purchased by visiting the Sioux City Auditorium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 712-252-3434.

The story begins when Christine Daee is discovered by wealthy opera patron Count Chandon, a dream come true for the young street singer. However, Carlotta, the resident diva of the Paris Opera House, refuses to let her do anything more than work in the costume shop. Christine's talent does not go unnoticed - Erik, known only as the anonymous Phantom who haunts the Opera House, falls in love with Christine's voice and with her. Erik's love becomes obsessive...and dangerous. Yet Christine sees a beauty in him that no one else can.

After their first collaboration - "Nine" - won Best Musical at the 1982 Tony awards, playwright Arthur Kopit and composer/lyricist Maury Yeston began working on a musical version of Gaston Lerous's "Phantom of the Opera." Despite the proven talent of Kopit and Yeston, financial backers were reluctant to support a Broadway production when work of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's impending adaptation spread to New York. While Webber's version flourished on Broadway and throughout the world, Kopit and Yeston finished their musical in 1985 and then shelved the piece and went on with their careers.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/10 Pilot Tribune.