I’m so excited to be a part of the Teaser Tour for Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard. Like the author, I have been a huge fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera since the first time my 7th grade English teacher play those haunting organ chords to prep us for reading a stage play adapted from the novel of the same name. I’m such a huge fan that I have a framed official movie theatre poster from the 2004 movie hanging in my living room and the t-shirt I got in 1993 at the Chicago touring production is a part of my beloved t-shirt quilt.
A Note of Inspriation from Ms. Howard Since I’ve been a huge fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, having gone to the theater alone to watch the 2004 movie with Gerard Butler as the phantom–helloooo hotty–attended a live presentation at the Hobby Center in Houston, bought the audio for the car and the DVD for the house, well it would stand to reason that it was what I listen to for inspiration while writing PHANTOM’S DANCE. And even I thought I would. But this piece, Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, turned out to be the inspiration for Erik, the phantom.
It’s also the piece Christine is listening to when she senses she’s being watched while attending Romeo and Juliet. The heavily metered rhythm was almost intimidating to me. At the same time, it has these softer more tender elements that speak to Erik’s character, too.