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Great Performances: Phantom Of The Opera At Royal Albert Hall

Airs Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. & Sunday, June 3 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom in "Phantom Of The Opera At Royal Albert Hall."

To mark the 25th anniversary year of "The Phantom Of The Opera," Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh presented the musical in a lavish, fully staged production in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of the Royal Albert Hall.

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Audiences were invited to join the celebration, which was broadcast to theatres around the world. This dazzling restaging of the original production recreates the jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects of the original, set to Lloyd Webber’s haunting score.

Stars Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine were joined by Barry James as Monsieur Firmin, Gareth Snook as Monsieur André, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry and Wynne Evans as Piangi, together with a cast and orchestra of more than 200 including special guest appearances by the original Phantom and Christine, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman.

Illustrious past Phantoms Peter Jöback, John Owen-Jones, Anthony Warlow, and Colm Wilkinson join forces for a powerful “Music of the Night,” all introduced by a beaming Lloyd Webber. Besides that hit tune, the show contains such favorites as “All I Ask of You,” “Think of Me,” “Prima Donna,” “Masquerade” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.”

"The Phantom Of The Opera" first opened in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre and is based on the French novel "Le Fantôme de l’Opéra." The show has been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries, played to more than 130 million people and won more than 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys and three Olivier Awards in the West End.

It is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas, and Kyoto. In 2006, it became Broadway’s longest-running show ever.

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Preview: Great Performances: Phantom Of The Opera At Royal Albert Hall

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Above: To mark the 25th anniversary year of "The Phantom Of The Opera," Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh presented the musical in a lavish, fully staged production in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of the Royal Albert Hall.

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Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess sing "Phantom of the Opera"

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Above: Watch a clip from "The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall" with Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Bogess singing “Phantom of the Opera.”

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Interview with Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Above: In a segment from NYC-ARTS, Paula Zahn interviews Andrew Lloyd Webber, the superstar of the musical theater who wrote "The Phantom of the Opera" among other hit shows. Mr. Webber has composed a total of thirteen musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores and a latin requiem. He has also received an impressive number of honors, including a Knighthood, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.