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April 26, 2021 51 min

The Phantom of the Opera is known for its pristine vocals and breathtaking spectacle, but it took a rocky road to achieve its status. Listen as we dive into how Andrew Lloyd Webber went through three different lyricists and three Phantoms before finding the right men for the jobs (not without hurting some feelings) on our way to concluding our conversation about the biggest hit in the British Invasion era of Broadway. Click here for this week's show notes, including exclusive videos of Paul Milliken himself as a child playing The Phantom of the Opera on the piano!

Our favs: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sarah Brightman, Hal Prince, Cameron Mackintosh, Michael Crawford, Hello, Dolly!, Steve Harley, Gerard Butler, Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Gaston Leroux, The Fox Theatre, The Guardian, Mark Billington, Steve Barton, Charles Hart, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick “Fritz” Loewe, My Fair Lady, Richard Stilgoe, Frank Rich, New York Times, Lon Chaney, Cats, Starlight Express, Maria Bjornson, Into the Woods, Bernadette Peters, Derrick Davis, Julia Udine, Jordan Craig, “Prima Donna,” Hercules, Les Miserables, Good Day Atlanta, Fox 5, Emmy Awards, Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, The Band’s Visit

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