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Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera Paperback – October 17, 2017
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We all know the story: a masked figure, ostracized for his hideous disfigurement, haunts an opera house, falling in love with a karate-kicking soprano as he teaches her to sing "Mahna Mahna." Inspector Fozzie waves his rubber chicken in the face of danger; Sam Eagle forgets he's not in America anymore; and Janice, like, totally thinks a demon killed the janitor, man. In the tradition of The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island, this charming retelling of Leroux's classic tale of jealousy, music, and (Electric) mayhem features a certain pig and frog as the opera's star-crossed lovers and the lesser-known Uncle Deadly as its Phantom. Jackson describes each fuzzy friend in hilarious detail--guess who has "blue-like-Gatorade fur" and "a nose like a dipper gourd"?--and though the characters' banter crackles with nonstop witticisms and bad puns, he never sacrifices the original text's gothic tone. Zany and lovable, with allusions from 1979's "Rainbow Connection" to 2014's Constantine, the Muppets' latest adventure will delight fans of all ages. -- Booklist
As in the classic, Piggy Daaé rises as a star of the Paris Opera House due to training from an Angel of Music, who in this tale is a Koozebanian of Music from the planet Koozebane (or is he?). The main difference between this book and the classic (other than the cast) is the conglomeration of time periods, with a mix of details drawn from both the 21st and the 19th centuries.... This puntastic tale is full of beloved faces, such as the grouchy pranksters Statler and Waldorf. As in many children's stories, there is entertainment for older readers with abundant modern references, often found in footnotes, as in a tidbit about Beaker's burial alongside Oscar Wilde, Molière, and Jim Morrison. There's no bones about it: young readers will get a taste of the classic in a fun and humerus way (wocka wocka). -- Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
This is Erik Forrest Jackson's first book. He spent more than a decade as an executive editor for magazines including Entertainment Weekly and InStyle. As an award-winning dramatist, his work has been produced internationally and includes Like a Billion Likes (winner of the Southwest Playwriting Competition and the Chesley/Bumbalo Foundation Playwriting Award); the Neil Sedaka musical Breaking Up Is Hard to Do; Carrie, a black-comedy adaptation of Stephen King’s novel; the Off Broadway comic thriller Tell-Tale (Best Play GLADD nomination); and Cheers Live on Stage, a theatrical version of the beloved TV series. His poems were featured in the Showtime film The Escape, starring Patrick Dempsey, and his articles have appeared in Glamour, W, Real Simple, Allure, and Town & Country. He grew up in Texas, studied acting and poetry at the University of Southern California, and now lives in Harlem.
Gaston Leroux (1868-1927) was born in Paris, France. After leaving school, Leroux worked as a clerk in a law office and, in his free time, began writing essays and short stories. By 1890 he had become a full-time journalist, sailing the world as a correspondent. He began writing novels in the early 1900s and was inspired by Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, and Edgar Allan Poe. In 1911, he wrote The Phantom of the Opera.