PLAYBILL PICKS: Timeless Love Affairs on Stage

By Robert Simonson
13 Feb 2014

Marni Raab and Howard McGillin
photo by Joan Marcus

The Phantom of the Opera

She's a sweet and pretty young opera singer. He's a deformed and vengeful ghoul who haunts the opera house and lives in a watery cave. But, hey, it's love! (Of a sort, anyway.) Andrew Lloyd Webber wasn't the first artist to adapt the tortured "Beauty and the Beast"-like love story created by French novelist Gaston Leroux. But his 1986 blockbuster musical, still running in London and New York, may at this point be the melodramatic story's most famous expression.