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  1. PANAROPHILE -

    WONDERING IF YOU COULD POSSIBLY HELP ME ???

    I AM LOOKING FOR A SPANISH VERSION OF POTO

    ( THE MUSIC IF NOT THE FILM VERSION )

    FOR MY NEIGHBOR FOR XMAS - WOULD YOU KNOW

    IF IT IS AVAILABLE ???

    THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

    DLSPBS - PAT

    They never released a Spanish film soundtrack. There is, however, a Spanish-language edition of the stage version...the Mexican cast recording with Juan Navarro as the Phantom.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fantasma-Opera-Mexic...4036&sr=8-1

    My additional two cents on the various recordings...

    The Original London Cast Recording was my introduction to Phantom. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman were responsible for what is now twenty years of love for this musical. I loved both of their voices, as well as the music and the story. When I first heard it - I was fourteen when it was released and my English teacher played it for us - I thought it was the most amazing thing I'd ever heard. Interestingly enough, when I was younger, I did not care for Steve Barton's voice at all. I didn't dislike Raoul or anything...just his voice didn't impress me. Now, however, Steve (may he rest in peace) is my favorite part of the OLCR.

    (It was my early love of Phantom that also lead to my very strong interest in "Les Miserables" - I knew nothing of it until I heard Michael Crawford sing "Bring Him Home" on his first solo album. When the 1st National Tour came here a few months later, I begged to go see it. It was one of the most powerful stories and I had a rather big crush on the young actor who played Marius. Three summers ago, I met that Marius...Hugh Panaro...as the Phantom and, this summer, had the joy of seeing him as Jean Valjean.)

    Unable to get tickets to see Phantom on Broadway with the original cast, I did have the chance to see Michael Crawford live in concert. It was a wonderful show, though hearing him sing "The Music of The Night" live didn't meet my expectations and it was his version of "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" that was the high point of the performance, vocally and emotionally.

    Somewhere along the line, I got the Canadian Cast Recording. I was looking forward to hearing it because I liked Colm Wilkinson on the Les Miz cast recordings and loved his rendition of "Anthem" from "Chess." I did not, however, like him at all as the Phantom and, to this day, he remains one of my least favorite stage Phantoms, along with Robert Guillaume, Paul Stanley (yes, that Paul Stanley), and the current Broadway Phantom, Howard McGillin.

    At some point, I put my interest in Phantom on the backburner. I never lost my love of it, but I had other things on my mind. I grew up, took down my Phantom poster from my bedroom wall, misplaced my silver mask pin. Once in a while, I'd come across my OLCR or hear a version of MOTN on the radio and I'd smile. But that was about it.

    By the time the movie was released, it had been a very long, long time since I'd heard it at all. So the movie soundtrack had, at first, a very fresh sound for me. I will admit that, even at first, I did not like Emmy Rossum's voice at all. I'm not well-versed (no pun intended) in music...I tease Hugh that I'm as musically illiterate as he is computer illiterate...but I really found her voice to have a thin, colorless lack of character.

    It wasn't until a few months AFTER the movie's release that I finally saw the show love on Broadway. After that, the OLCR, Canadian, and movie recordings were completely eclipsed for me. Since then, I've seen the show over two dozen times and heard numerous recordings (yes, bootlegs) and discovered Phantoms, Christines, Raouls, and Carlottas that I greatly prefer to those on the commercially available recordings...Hugh Panaro, Jeff Keller, James Romick, Susan Owen, Kris Koop, Julie Hanson, Michael Shawn Lewis, Jim Weitzer, Anne Runolfsson, Patricia Phillips.

    Back to Michael Crawford before I shut up (and I can ramble about Phantom for hours)...he is not my favorite Phantom by a long shot. I do, however, still like him and I have great, great respect for his work in originating the stage role. But I've never found his voice to be unmanly, effeminate, girly, or any of the many other adjectives I've heard used since the movie was released. His voice is higher and lighter in tone than Gerry's and I can understand why some people prefer one to the other and some people enjoy both.

    THANK YOU PANAROPHILE - I KNEW IF ANYONE WOULD KNOW IT WOULD BE YOU !!!

    BTW - I WAS PRIVY LAST YEAR TO SEE MICHAEL CRAWFORD IN CHICAGO

    AT THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE OLD SCHUBERT THEATRE

    NOW RE-NAMED THE BANK OF AMERICA THEATRE. IT WAS A ONE-NIGHT ONLY PERFORMANCE

    AND HE PERFORMED 4 PHANTOM SONGS.

    IN MY OPINION ONLY !!!

    MICHAEL CRAWFORD WAS PERFECTION PERSONIFIED

    AND TOTALLY DUE ALL THE ACCLAIM AFFORDED HIM !!!

    BUT AND I ALWAYS INCLUDE THIS BUT ---

    GERARD BUTLER INFUSED THE PHANTOM WITH PASSION !!!

    DLSPBS - PAT :phantom2:

  2. I have to go with "none of the above."

    For me, the best is the Swedish Cast Recording...and this is coming from someone who doesn't speak or understand a word of Swedish.

    The orchestrations are simply splendid. Clear and gorgeous and they really capture the feel of being there live, minus the sounds of the audience.

    Mikael Samuelsson is tied for second place (with Jeff Keller) for me when it comes to favorite Phantoms. There's something very powerful and simply compelling about his "Music of the Night." Elisabeth Berg is probably the best Christine I have ever heard. A beautiful, pure-sounding soprano...her cadenza at the end of the title song is wonderful and her "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" is simply exquisite. The weak point is Raoul...his name escapes me right now and, of the various recordings, his Raoul is my least favorite.

    PANAROPHILE -

    WONDERING IF YOU COULD POSSIBLY HELP ME ???

    I AM LOOKING FOR A SPANISH VERSION OF POTO

    ( THE MUSIC IF NOT THE FILM VERSION )

    FOR MY NEIGHBOR FOR XMAS - WOULD YOU KNOW

    IF IT IS AVAILABLE ???

    THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

    DLSPBS - PAT

  3. I am one of those firm believers that everything happens for a reason. We don't have to always know what that reason is either. This could be a very good move with a new director.

    Gerry... keeping fingers crossed that you find the right director. This movie will be great with the right man or woman in the drivers seat.

    I AGREE - FOR EVERYTHING - A REASON AND A SEASON !!!

    DLSPBS - PAT

  4. :wuv: I hope he gets to go back to Japan and really see the country.

    "As for 'I love you,' you have to mean it when you say it. Let's face it: Nothing can make another person feel more wanted and accepted than those three words."

    I wish more people understood that. Good job, Gerry!

    Lisa

    TOTALLY AGREE - ONLY SAY IT IF YOU MEAN IT !!!

    DLSPBS - PAT

  5. THANK YOU - THAT IS VERY IMPRESSIVE !!!

    ONE QUESTION LEADING TO THE ULTIMATE ANSWER !!!

    ALWAYS OPT FOR THE " DANCE " - NO MATTER WHAT !!!

    DLSPBS - PAT :rose:

    AFTER COMING BACK AND READING ALL THE POSTS AND INPUT

    LET ME REITERATE MY OPINION -

    ALWAYS OPT FOR THE "DANCE" - ON YOUR OWN TERMS-

    NEVER REGRET ANYTHING YOU CHOOSE TO DO -

    AND NEVER A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH OR WITHOUT GB !!

    DLSPBS - PAT :rose:

    P.S EDITED TO ADD -FROM A INDEPENDANT MINDED

    BUSINESS WOMAN THAT HAS BEEN MARRIED 30+ YRS

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