Inside the room the mirror opens. Behind it, in an inferno of white light, stands the PHANTOM. He reaches forward and takes CHRISTINE firmly, but no fiercely, by the wrist. His touch is cold and CHRISTINE gasps.
I’m not proud of the way that I’ve acted
Mhmm. Agreed! Gimme more Christine and Raoul, please.
Love Never Dies, a musical about the de Chagnys picking up the broken pieces of their marriage after the traumatic Phantom experience. The Phantom is still in it, but not as a threat to their marriage; he appears as Christine’s conscience, trying to encourage her to leave Raoul. In the end, the two realize that they both went through too much to give up on their romance and after much emotional conflict, they reconcile, emerge from their grief, and finally begin life anew because Love Never Dies.
THIS! This is what Love Never Dies should have been.
CHRISTINE DAAE WAS A WOUNDED ORPHAN WHO PLODDED ALONG IN LIFE BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT SHE THOUGHT SHE HAD TO DO AND THEN SHE FACED HORRIBLE HORRENDOUS ABUSE AND DIFFICULTY AND BECAME STRONG ENOUGH TO SAVE HERSELF, HER ABUSER, AND THE STUPID IDIOT BOY SHE LOVED I JUST LOVE CHRISTINE DAAE SO MUCH DON’T LOOK AT ME
Broadway. Is. Not. The. Only. Theatre. Scene.
When I was about 11 I got my 8 year old friend into Phantom of the Opera and they had a class project to make dioramas of scenes from their favorite movies, and all the kids made like Disney dioramas in shoeboxes and she did the scene in Phantom where Buquet is hung and she had to go to guidance for a long time after that
Josh Groban | Official Music Video for Hidden Away 2010 WMG
"The character Christine is a classic one - it reminds of other girls. As other girls she’s getting to know herself. But I think she’s still very dependent on her father; even though he’s dead she hasn’t let go of him, and as I see it she finds herself in the Phantom. For the first time she explores her darker sides, her whole inner self, her feelings and sexuality, and through that she frees herself from the memory of her father and can work towards becoming a mature human being. A human being with a good heart, able to accept a flawed human being"
(Hanne Damm, one of the original Danish Christines, 2001)