Act One The cast is rehearsing for "Hannibal." A little while later, Carolotta, the lead soprano singer, begins to sing, but is cut off by a scream as a backdrop crashes to the ground. Carlotta leaves. They now needed someone to sing the role since there was an understudy. Christine Daae tries for the part and gets to sing it at the gala, which was a great success (Think of Me). Later, she is in her dressing room room with Meg Giry and she tells her about her father (Angel of Music). Then Madame Giry comes in and hands Christine a note as Meg has to leaves to dance. Raoul comes in and they remember eachother from childhood. He leaves to get his belongings and Christine hears the Phantom's voice coming from behind her mirror. She is hypnotized by his voice and the Phantom takes her into the mirror. Christine and the Phantom are in a boat going slowly across an undergroundlake surrounded by candles (The Phantom of the Opera) to the Phantom's lair. The following morning, the Phantom tells her why she has come. He takes her to a large mirror and there's an image of herself with a wedding gown on (The Music of the Night). She faints and the Phantom catches her. The next morning, Christine wakes up and is still in a half-trance. The Phantom is playing at his organ in deep concentration. She manages to take off his mask out of curiousity and the Phantom gets angry. He cools down and takes his mask back. Then they leave to go back into the theatre. Joseph Buquet has a rope as the Punjab lasso and is showing it off to the ballet girls how to protect youself from it by putting his hand between his neck and the nose. Suddenly a trap door opens in the stage. The Phantom and Christine come out. The Phantom stares at Buquet for a moment, then leaves with Christine. Madame Giry sees them and tells Joseph Buquet to be quiet about it or he'd be sorry. Firmin is reading the newspaper articles when Andre comes in angrily. Then he finds two notes from the Phantom and gives one to Andre. Both letters were signed O. G. (Opera Ghost) and they didn't like it. Raoul and eventually Carlotta burst in with more of the Phantom's notes. The managers were getting tired of all this notes when Madame Giry and Meg enter with yet another note. In it, the Phantom told them that Carlotta should play the role as the Pageboy in their next production called "Il Muto" as the part was silent while Christine should be given the part of Countess. There is a loud discussion and finally, the managers anounce Christine will be the Pageboy and Carlotta will be playing the Countess. Carlotta thought the managers were only saying that to make her happy, so they try to convince her otherwise (Prima Donna). Later, Raoul sits in Box Five with the managers to watch "Il Muto." During the middle of the performance, the Phantom's voice is heard. Christine muttered something and Carlotta told her that her that she was a toad. The Phantom heard this and told Carlotta that she was a toad. The performance starts to continue where it left off, but instead of singing, Carlotta starts to croak like a toad. The Phantom thinks it's funny and laughs hysterically. Then Joseph Buquet's body falls onto the stage. Chaos. Christine gets Raoul and she takes him to the roof, thinking they'll be safe. Raoul doesn't understand why she brought him there. She confesses to him that she's been to the Phantom's lair and has seen his face, which terrified her. Raoul eventually comforts her (All I Ask of You) and admits he loves her. Then they hurry off. The Phantom was hidden behind the statue (where he was eavesdropping on their conversation) and emerges. He thinks how Christine has betrayed him. Later at the opera house, he makes the chandelier fall. Act Two Six months later, a masquerade ball is held (Masquerade) and Christine and Raoul are engaged. She wears the ring on a gold chain on her neck, but Raoul doesn't understand why. The Phantom appears at the top of the stairs, dressed in an elaborate red costume (called Red Death). All is quiet. He tells them that he has written them an opera called "Don Juan Triumphant". The Phantom motions Christine to come to him and she does, in a mesmerized-like way. He takes the necklace that held the engagement ring off her neck and disappears. Later, Raoul asks Madame Giry, who he knew was hiding something from everyone else. She said that a long time ago, there was a traveling fair and that she saw a man in a cage. He was a musician and an inventor, yet was deformed from birth. Eventually he escaped and wasn't found so they thought he was dead, but he wasn't . . . Andre looks through the score of "Don Juan Triumphant" and doesn't like it. Firmin received two notes from the Phantom about getting rid or needing people, which apparently annoyed him. Carlotta and Piangi enter angrily, also with notes. Later, Raoul and Christine come in. Carlotta accused Christine of being behind all of this. Next comes Meg and Madame Giry with a note from the Phantom which had a few instructions about how to run his production of "Don Juan." Raoul mentions his idea to end the Phantom's reign to the managers and they become excited. There's a loud discussion for a few moments that is quieted by Christine. She's frightned of not knowing what to expect next from the Phantom. Later, they are rehearsing for "Don Juan Triumphant" with several mistakes. The piano started playing by itself, only correctly. Everyone started to sing automatically after that and Christine takes the opportunity to leave. Christine went to a cemetary to visit her father's graveyard (Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again). Then the Phantom comes out from behind the a cross and starts to sing. She becomes trance-like from his voice. Raoul had followed her and cries out to the Phantom. She comes out of her trance and goes to Raoul. The Phantom begins to shoot fire and Raoul starts to walk toward him as he shot more fireballs. He is almost at the Phantom's feet, but Christine runs and pushes Raoul away. On the night of "Don Juan Triumphant" and the Chief Fire Officer is talking with two firemen. Raoul tells a marksman in a pit to aim at Box Five, where the Phantom sits and to shoot there to kill. The chief blows his whistle and the firemen scatter to their places to lock the opera house up, hoping to keep the Phantom out. The Phantom says that he was there already in the house. The firemen begin to follow the voice from place to place. Then it is heard from Box Five. The marksman in the pit shoots and Raoul gets mad. During the last scene, Don Juan goes to a bed and the Punjab Lasso has killed Piangi, who was playing as Don Juan. The Phantom takes his place (The Point of No Return). At the end of the number, the police realize Piangi is dead behind the curtain. The Phantom takes a ring from his finger and holds it out to Christine. She takes it and puts it on her finger. Just as he is about done, Christine removes the Phantom's mask and everyone sees his face. The Phantom takes his cloak and wraps it around her. They vanish. Chaos (again). Madame Giry tells Raoul that she knows where the Phantom and Christine are, but reminds him to keep his hand at the level of his eyes to protect himself from the Punjab lasso. The Phantom and Christine are in the boat, going across the lake. In the distance, there is a mob coming after him. Raoul and Madame Giry are making their way down and they pass a pack of rats. Then they come to the lake and she tells Raoul that he lives across it. Raoul dives into the water and swims as she heads back up the slope. A dummy of Christine sits on a throne. The Phantom drags Christine out. The Phantom takes the bridal veil from the dummy and places it on Christine's head. Suddenly, the Phantom knows Raoul's presence as he climbs out of the water. Moments later, he takes the Punjab lasso and before Raoul has time to protect himself, it's around his neck. The end of the rope hangs suspended in mid-air. The Phantom gives Christine a choice of either living with him to free Raoul or leave him and Raoul dies. The Phantom grows impatient and asks Christine to make her choice. She thinks for a moment, then kisses him on the lips. The Phantom takes a candle and burns the rope, freeing Raoul. The Phantom tells them as the mob comes closer and closer to leave by the boat and forget everything they saw. The Phantom looks at his mask and the music box starts up somehow and he listens intently. Christine comes back and give him her ring, as if something to remember her by. The Phantom tells her he loves her. She hurries off. He places the ring on his finger. The Phantom looks as she is leaving. He then walks to his throne and sits on it. He wraps his cloak around himself and disappears. Meg, leading the mob, reaches his throne and picks up the Phantom's mask.
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