The Phantom of the Opera
I've loved musicals since I was very young. I think I was first introduced to showtunes through The Muppet Show. I was taken to community theater productions of Cinderella and Li'l Abner and Once Upon a Matress. Early on, I discovered the movies of Annie and the Music Man. But I didn't really start buying cast albums until I found The Phantom of the Opera.
Today, I consider the show somewhat hokey. It sounds like the 7th grade. But I did enjoy dusting off the cd before deciding on this composition--a literal memory of pictures I've seen from the production.
This was something of a turning point in my photoshop illustration as well. I hope that I'm less afraid to silhouette figures out now in favor of mood. I'd lighten the highlights a touch, yet. But I like the theatrical quality here. That's what I was fighting for. The movie version of the show stripped the story of its magic. This is a musical made to stay on stage. And boy howdy, has it. It's still running on Broadway more than 20 years later!
Posted by Wilson Swain