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The Phantom of the Opera (Highlights from the 1989 Original Canadian Cast) Cast Recording

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Product Details

  • Performer: Peter Cormican, Rebecca Caine, Colm Wilkinson, Gregory Cross
  • Orchestra: Theatre Orchestra
  • Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000072VS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Contains highlights from the Andrew Lloyd Webber brainchild performed in Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal & Calgary during April, 1991 through September, 1992. Stars Colm Wilkinson & Rebecca Caine in leading roles.


A few years after The Phantom of the Opera debuted in London, Harold Prince unveiled Andrew Lloyd Webber's gothic musical in Canada, in 1989. It was so good that this recording of highlights from the Canadian cast is--dare we say it?--more enjoyable than the equivalent London cast highlights album. No, it doesn't have the authenticity of London principals Sarah Brightman (for whom then-husband Lloyd Webber wrote the role of Christine) and Michael Crawford, but it doesn't have their idiosyncrasies, either, and it does have the richer voices of Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine (who played Jean Valjean and older Cosette, respectively, in the 1985 London cast of Les Misérables). At 69 minutes, the Canadian album is also 10 minutes longer than the London, allowing inclusion of the prologue and dress rehearsal for Hannibal. Of course, Lloyd Webber's melodies--"Angel of Music," "The Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again"--are scrumptious on any continent. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

Colm has a very powerful voice.
Todd Elliahs
While they are both good, Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine are perfect in the roles.
Crash and Burn
For someone who has just seen the movie, I strongly suggest buying this CD.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emilia on March 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The first thing you have to know is that this recording is not the entire musical. A few songs have been omitted. However, it's still worth a purchase, as the cast is absolutely fantastic.

Okay, first off is Rebecca Caine as Christine. While other women have attempted to play the awkward, timid teenager that Christine is, Caine takes a different approach. Her vocals are smooth and confident, and while it's impossible to believe that she's a teenager, she sings like an angel. Her voice is also very controlled--it doesn't quiver, like Sarah Brightman's, or croak unexpectedly, like Emmy Rossum's. She's a fantastic Christine.

Colm Wilkinson as the Phantom was a pleasant surprise. Of course, imagining Jean Valjean seducing Cosette is more than a bit disturbing, but Wilkinson and Caine play off each other superbly, and it's particularly evident during "Wandering Child." But the real highlight of Wilkinson's performance is "The Music of the Night." His vocals are indescribably gorgeous, and he brings a passion to the role that will make even the most hardcore Raoul sympathizer see the Phantom in a different light. Maybe it's just me, but I found Wilkinson's performance more believable than that of the original London Phantom, Michael Crawford. While Crawford's voice is thin, feminine and nearly emotionless, Wilkinson sings the role with a hypnotic intensity that is truly beyond compare. There's so much emotion in every line he sings--if you loved him in Les Miserables, you'll be swooning here.

Byron Nease plays RAOUL! The main problem with HIM is that EVERY LINE is so OVEREMPHASIZED that ALL HIS VOCALS end up SOUNDING LIKE THIS!!!

Okay, enough of that.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eimear Coffey on April 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I had owned the London cast recording of Phantom for some 7 years before I bought this one, and it is very hard to say which one is better. As with all different cast recordings of musicals, both have their strong and weak points.
The Canadian cast is headed up by Colm Wilkinson, who is a superb singer but often sounds like he has something in his mouth. However, he certainly brings a new depth to the role of the phantom, and one can easily imagine his strange enunciation being caused by disfiguring scars or the mask that hides them.
Caine is very easy on the ear as Christine, and many prefer her voice to Sarah Brightman's. However, at the end of the title song "Phantom of the Opera" when she sings along to the Phantom's exhortations, she sounds to me as if she is struggling for the breath to reach the notes. She pauses a split second too long for breath between each phrase. This gives the impression that she's struggling.
The Carlotta of this recording is exquisite. She sounds like a real opera singer, and not like a musical performer trying to sound like a diva.
The only real fault with this particular recording is the fact that they have left out the duet between Meg & Christine, "Angel of Music". That's the only reason I took away the final star.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By illusion on February 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I would've given this five stars, but a few songs are omitted. Other than that, though, it's absolutely excellent. Colm Wilkinson plays a terrific Phantom--worlds better than Michael Crawford could ever be. His voice positively soars, and "Music of the Night" is truly breathtaking.

For this Canadian version of Phantom, the role of Christine is played by the incredibly talented Rebecca Caine. Unlike Sarah Brightman, she is able to control her voice to the point that her vibrato isn't annoying. "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," a song that has traditionally bored me to death, was suddenly more interesting when I heard Rebecca sing it. My one problem was that during "The Phantom's Lair" (as "Down Once More" and "Track Down this Murderer" are dubbed on this CD), she seemed to forget herself, and her vocals often turned to strangled gasps.

Byron Nease is one of the best Raouls I've ever heard. His voice is positively angelic, and "All I Ask of You" was a delight. The role is played very well.

Perhaps my favorite vocalist here, however, is the fantastic Lyse Guerin, who played a splendid Carlotta. Her voice is absolutely gorgeous, and she totally nailed her self-absorbed, irritable character. I can't even begin to prase her performance in "Prima Donna"--it is simply something you must experience yourself. She also tends to speed up passages that Rosemary Ashe, the original Carlotta, sang rather slowly. This may sound like it would be annoying, but it actually adds some more flavor to the songs.

Our dear managers, Firmin and Andre, left me a bit speechless. During the first act, they had clear Canadian accents...which promptly disappeared by the second act. During "Notes!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Reinking on December 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
From the opening moments of this CD, it is clear that everyone listening is in for a big treat. With tighter and clearer orchestrations, fine vocals, and a lovely booklet, this is a real winner for Phantom of the Opera fans. But why not just give you a track by track review?

1. Prologue- This is a rather boring, and unexplained track. The Auctioneer is too loud and boisterous for my liking, and only a short portion of the scene is included. This is the only track on the CD which should have been left off.

2. Overture- The thunderous Organ overture will leave chills running down your spine, with it's beautiful melody, and haunting beat. A wonderful beginning to the show, and if you close your eyes you can almost see the majestic chandelier rising up above your head.

3. Dress Rehearsal of Hannibal- It's so nice to have this song on the CD at all, much less done so nicely. The actor portraying Piangi is especially good. This song is not included on the Original London Cast Recording, so that makes it an even bigger bonus.

4. Think of Me- Rebecca Caine's gorgeous soprano lifts through the song, although her Raoul is a little too over the top, even for the stage. Still her cadanza saves the ending, and makes her a welcome break from Sarah Brightman.

5. The Mirror- I find it odd that Angel of Music was not included on the CD, as it is one of the key numbers, but no matter. Here's the first time we hear Colm Wilkinson as the Phantom, and he does a very nice job. He doesn't try to sound like Michael Crawford, and gives the Phantom a fresh, deeper voice, which is quite welcome, and works well with Rebecca Caine.

6. The Phantom of the Opera- One word- GORGEOUS.
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