Phantom of the Opera is a novel written by French writer Gaston Leroux. Partly inspired from the historical events in the Paris Opera at the time of the 19th century, the Broadway show was first launched as a regular installment in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909 until January 8, 2010. The novel had been published in high volumes by Pierre Lafitte on April 2010. Another inspiration of the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ came from a doubtful authenticity kind of tale focusing on the use of former ballet pupil skeleton at Hector Berlioz, back in the 1841 production of Der Freischutz.
The classic ‘Phantom of the Opera’ features a circle of great artists, including Erik as The Phantom (angel of music and the opera ghost), Christine Daae (a young Sweddish soprano singer at the Paris Opera House, who The Phantom falls in love with), The Persian (a secretive and mysterious man from Erik’s yesterday), Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny (a childhood friend of Christine and love interest), Philippe, Comte de Chagny (Raoul’s Older brother), Meg Giry (the only daughter of Madame Giry, a ballet girll), Madame Giry (Little Meg’s mother and a box keeper), Firmin Richard and Armand Moncharmin (the Opera House’s general managers), Joseph Buquet (the main scene-shifter), Debienne and Poligny (former managers of the Opera house), Gabriel (superstitious chorus master), Mercier (acting manager), La Carlotta (a spoiled prima donna, a lead soprano of the Opera house), Mifroid (a deputy of police, who has been called in for Christine’s disappearance), Remy (manager’s secretary), The Inspector (hired to look over a strange affairs in the Box Five), Shah and sultan (two kings who attempted to kill Erik after he constructed a palace for them), Little Jammes (Ballerina at the Opera house) and La Sorelli (the Lead Barellina).
In the recent times, the historical novel has been overshadowed because of the continuous grow of success in various onstage plays and film adaptations. In fact, two of the most notable adaptations are the 1925 film depiction casting Lon Chaney, and the 1986 musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber.