QUESTION: Who wrote the original book Phantom of the Opera?
A) Gaston Leroux
B) Victor Hugo
C) Alexander Dumas
D) J.K. Rowling
It is a pretty safe bet that anyone reading this blog has heard of the classic story of Phantom of the Opera. The musical production written by Andrew Lloyd Weber has been on Broadway now for thirty years, with no ending in sight. It's the classic story of a horribly disfigured man who becomes smitten with a talented opera singer. He trains her in her trade, abducts her, threatens to blow up the opera house with lots of people in it, listens to reason, and, well, you get the idea. It is the quintessential tragic love story.
The story is timeless, and has inspired countless retellings, from books to plays, television programs to movies, and too many parodies to list. So, why do we bring it up here? Because we have our very own interpretation of the story of the Phantom here at the American Treasure Tour, thanks to the dedicated artistic expression of Bob Omrod - our official pop culture guru and creator of the Giant World of Miniatures on display in our Music Room. In one impressive diorama, the story of the drama at the opera house is told, but we will not waste your time trying to describe the subtleties and the not-so-subtle subtleties to you. You just have to check it out!
Of course, another way to experience the Phantom is by actually going to see the musical production at the Majestic Theatre in New York City! One way to do that is by getting tickets through Main Event Specials:
ANSWER: A) Gaston Leroux, in 1910