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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL: Five Most Epic Songs from Musicals
February 7, 2012
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Broadway’s longest-running production of all time celebrates a triumphant quarter century on stage with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, coming to Blu-ray – with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound – DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on February 7, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. On October 2, 2011, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh marked the 25th anniversary of their beloved musical extravaganza, “The Phantom of the Opera,” with a lavishly staged production at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall that was beamed live via satellite to cinemas across the globe. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, marks the first time a live performance of the blockbuster musical has been made available for home viewing, making it a must-have anniversary release for fans everywhere.
Even if you have never seen The Phantom of the Opera, you most likely have heard and know the epic titular song. To celebrate the release of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on February 7, this feature will highlight other well‐known and powerful songs that you may not have realized originated in musicals, including “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof and “Seasons of Love” from Rent.
“SEASONS OF LOVE” from RENT
“Seasons of Love” is from the 1996 musical Rent. It was written and composed by Jonathan Lasrson, who passed away the night of the show’s opening on Broadway. The entire cast of the show performs the song. The song has been covered by many different artist, including Stevie Wonder and Donny Osmond, and has been featured in TV shows (including The Office) and commercials. The song is often associated with World AIDS Day and AIDS awareness.
“DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA” from EVITA
“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” is a song from the 1978 musical, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The title character Eva Perón performs the song. This epic song has been covered more than 35 times by artists such as Tom Jones, Joan Baez, Donna Summer, Sinéad O’Connor, Madonna, and Lea Michele and Chris Colfer on the TV show Glee. Madonna’s version of the song went on to be an international hit, appearing in the top ten in numerous countries.
“IF I WERE A RICH MAN” from FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
“If I Were a Rich Man” is a song from the 1967 musical Fiddler on the Roof. It was written by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, and is performed by the show’s main character, Tevye. The song has been covered over 15 times, and has been sampled numerous times, most notably by Gwen Stefani and Eve in their 2004 hit “Rich Girl.”
“DEFYING GRAVITY” from WICKED
“Defying Gravity” is a song from the 2003 musical Wicked, which was composed by Stephen Schwartz. The song is mostly a solo sung by the main character, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West), with her friend Glinda and the chorus joining in at different points. Many other versions of this song have been recorded, including mainstream pop and rock versions, as well as renditions performed by Lea Michele and Chris Colfer for Glee.
“AQUARIUS” from HAIR
“Aquarius” is from the 1967 musical Hair, and was written by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot. The song is usually performed by a soloist and the chorus (called the Tribe in the show). The 5th Dimension released “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” in 1969, which won Record of the Year and topped the charts for six weeks. In 1970, ASCAP announced that “Aquarius” was played more frequently on U.S. radio and television than any other song that year. Many people recognize “Aquarius” from the final scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
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