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The Makeup Behind The Mask at The Phantom of The Opera | Backstage Video

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • July 21, 2020

In 2011, there was a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera with a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This backstage video was created to talk about the Phantom’s iconic mask with Mask Maker, Bob Saunders. He explains a number of details about the mask like how it has to work with the makeup, which has changed over time and technical aspects like the miking of the Phantom. They also interview Christopher Tucker, who is the Phantom Prosthetic Make-up artist who designed the original make-up for Michael Crawford’s first Phantom. Tucker talks through the history of the Phantom’s disfiguration makeup.

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Cameron Mackintosh produced a unique, spectacular staging of the musical on a scale which had never been seen before. Inspired by the original staging by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne, this lavish, fully-staged production set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall features a cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guest appearances.

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