(SPOT.ph) More than a month into the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and with varying degrees of lockdown around the world, the meaning of going to the theater has completely transformed. Stored recordings of plays and musicals have gone online, dramatic readings of old and new pieces are done via Zoom, and thespians have been sharing their notes to keep the art of theater-making alive. To add to the multitude of theatrical pieces on the Internet, acclaimed English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber teamed up with Universal to make a whole roster of his legendary musicals available to watch for free on YouTube. Next up is The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, which will go live on April 17 at 2 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, or April 18 at 2 a.m., Philippine Standard Time.
Like all full-length performances uploaded on the YouTube channel, The Shows Must Go On!, every Friday, it will be available online for 48 hours. That's more than enough time to plop down on your couch and bask in Lloyd Webber's masterpiece.
Filmed in 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall, The Phantom of the Opera was produced in celebration of the musical's 25th anniversary. It took three days to put the show together in one of London's most treasured halls. This version starred Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine Daaé.
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall goes live on April 18, 2 a.m. (Philippine Standard Time) on The Shows Must Go On!. For more information, visit The Shows Must Go On! on YouTube.