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[show] In the original novel, few details are given regarding Erik's past, although there is no shortage of hints and implications throughout the book.
Leroux sometimes calls him "the man's voice"; Erik also refers to himself as "The Opera Ghost", "The Angel of Music", and attends a masquerade as the Red Death (evidently Erik is familiar with Poe's famous short story).
The production kept Maria Björnson’s Tony Award-winning costumes, and they sparkle under Paulie Constable’s new lighting, to which designer Nina Dunn adds multimedia projections and computer-generated imagery (particularly potent in the graveyard scene).
New dance and fight choreography by Scott Ambler enlivens the staged opera performances (the Act 2 opener, “Masquerade” becomes a dizzying, dazzling spectacle), and fistfights between Raoul (Ben Jacoby) and the Phantom occur each time they meet, adding a layer of fierceness to this love story.
Cameron Mackintosh has redesigned Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classical musical, which for the next month, receives its North American premiere at the Academy of Music.
Accordingly, the sets (now by Paul Brown) received the biggest change.