Synopsis: An ace marksman cum a former Marine Corps sniper, Bob Lee Swagger, (Mark Wahlberg) living in self-exile in the Arkansas wilderness after causing the death of an innocent person. He is convinced by his former associates that they needed his help to prevent an assassination. But he is double-crossed and framed for the presidential assassination he was trying to prevent. He is forced to go on the run while trying to track down the real killer and discover the truth of who betrayed him. With two bullets in him and the subject of a nationwide manhunt, Swagger begins his revenge, which will take down the most powerful people in the country. He has no one else to turn to except to his late colleague's wife (Kate Mara) he's just met and to a novice FBI agent (Michael Pena) who will be risking his career to help him figure out who the real hit men are before they hit him. Mark Wahlberg as Bob Lee Swagger Michael Pena Kate Mara Reviews: Antoine Fuqua is quite a rather acclaimed director who has filmed many music videos and award-nominated films like King Arthur, Training Day, and Tears of the Sun. As for Michael Pena, no wonder I thought his name was so familiar. He actually starred in World Trade Center as Will Jimeno. I think overall the whole story was alright, rather typical storyline of double-crossing and all. The action was great. The rifles they used were so cool that it makes my guy friend feels like going back to army training again as he missed the outfield camp training. I don't think he could shoot that well anyway. I think overall the movie was not too bad though it doesn't deserved the 2 stars the movie critic gave it on the Life!. The movie critic probably prefers watching comedy shows or he/she just dislikes action movies. Cause he/she gave a 3 1/2 star to Conversations with Other Women and this is a drama/romance show. There were some gory scenes for the gruesome injuries the rifle has caused them though. Some graphical violence...
The Phantom of the Opera Prices: Ranges from $50 - $160
Date: 23 March - 13 May 07 Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Prologue It is 1911 and the contents of the Paris Opera House are being auctioned off. Present are the auctioneer, porters and bidders. Raoul, now seventy years old and in a wheelchair, buys a poster and a music box. As the auctioneer displays the Opera House chandelier, he explains that it is connected with the legend of The Phantom of the Opera. With a flash of light, the audience is flung back in time, when the Paris Opera was at its height.
Act 1 We are thrust in the middle of a rehearsal for the opera Hannibal. Monsieur Lefèvre, the retiring manager of the Opera, is showing the new managers, Monsieurs Firmin and André, the great stage. As the prima donna, Carlotta, is singing, a backdrop falls to the floor, nearly killing her. The cry is raised, "It's The Phantom of the Opera!" Upset, Carlotta refuses to sing.
Meg Giry, daughter of the ballet mistress, Madame Giry, suggests her friend, Christine Daaé, take Carlotta's place. Christine has been taking lessons from a mysterious new teacher.
At her triumph in the Opera, is Raoul, a nobleman and patron of the Opera. Raoul recognizes Christine as a childhood friend. He comes backstage after the performance to escort her to dinner, but Christine tells him she cannot go, because her teacher, "The Angel of Music," is very strict.
When Raoul leaves Christine's room, the Phantom appears. Christine is lured into the bowels of the Opera House, where the Phantom will continue her lessons.
He leads her to his underground lair, where she sees a frightening vision of herself in a wedding gown. She faints, only to be awakened several hours later by the Phantom's music on the organ. Creeping up behind him, she rips off his mask. Horrified, he takes her back to the surface. The Phantom has sent notes to both the managers of the Opera, as well as Raoul, Madame Giry and Carlotta, which give instructions that Christine will have the lead in the new opera, Il Muto. The manager's refuse to give in to the Phantom's demands.
Il Muto proceeds as planned, with Carlotta in the lead, and Christine in a secondary role. As promised, disaster strikes - the stage hand, Joseph Buquet, is killed, and Carlotta's voice is stolen.
In the confusion, Raoul and Christine escape to the roof of the Opera House. There, with all of Paris around them, they pledge their love to one another. They cannot see the Phantom overhearing their vows of love. Enraged at Christine's betrayal, the Phantom causes the final disaster of the night - the mighty chandelier comes crashing to the stage floor.
Act 2 The second act opens at a grand Masquerade Ball, held on the steps of the Paris Opera. No one has heard from the Phantom in six months. Christine and Raoul are engaged, but are keeping it a secret; Christine keeps her engagement ring on a chain around her neck.
Suddenly, the Phantom appears, disguised as The Red Death, and delivers to the managers a score from his opera, Don Juan Triumphant.
At first, the managers refuse to perform the strange, disturbing opera. Then, with the help of Raoul, they devise a plan to trap the Phantom, using Christine as bait. Plans for Don Juan Triumphant, and the trap, are made.
Christine visits the grave of her father. There on the grave stands the Phantom, beckoning her to join him. Raoul appears and takes her away.
At last, the opening night of Don Juan Triumphant arrives. The theater is surrounded by guards and police, eager to catch the Phantom. As the opera comes to its end, the Phantom takes the place of Piangi, the lead singer. He confronts Christine on stage during the performance, and escapes with her once more to his labyrinth below the Opera House.
In a last confrontation, the Phantom gives Christine a choice: stay with him forever, or he will kill Raoul. Her decision brings to an end the story of The Phantom of the Opera.
The Review: It was far better than Sound of Music musical for sure. The Phantom actually features more on the music than the dialogues in it. Whatever is said is sang in a song. Their singing were superb. I have to comment on the cast acting as The Phantom - Brad Little, his acting is really great. Though I was sitting very far away (I bought the 2nd cheapest tickets so was sitting in the 3rd row of the 3rd circle) so I could not actually his facial expressions, his singing were so touching and you can practically feel every of his emotion through the songs he sang. His rage, sadness, love for Christine Daae and his passion in the songs he wrote. I can feel people were touched at the final scene where I believed some have actually tears in their eyes. All I can say is that this is really worth the money as this is like once in a lifetime that you get to watch such piece of the art. If I have a choice over to choose how much topay to watch The Phantom, I would choose to pay the most expensive ticket. It is really worth spending that money.
I have to comment on certain people who just do not know the meaning of punctuality. And I meant Singaporean. Singaporeans seemed to be ignorant of how a musical is that it starts at 2pm sharp. Few minutes before 2pm, the doors will be shut. But it still did not refrained people ffrom coming in. After the show started at 2pm sharp, there were some people coming in which were sitted in the same row as me but had to get past me to get to the direct centre seats. Two guys were considerate enough to sit by the stairway so as not to disturb the other people. But there were 3 ladies who just walked their way through to their seats. This isn't all. There are actually latecomers who comes in at 2.45pm and is seated at a row in front of me so they had to block my view too. In the beginning of the show, I heard this woman suitting near me told the people in front of her row to lean back as they are blocking her view. There was this guy sitting of me who does that initially too. Everytime he does that, I had make a jerk noise to inform him that I am irritated by his leaning forward as he is blocking my view. Whenever people does that, we will tend to lean forward first and then the person behind will be affected too. But at least I am glad that still majority of them knows how to respect a musical. All were dressed properly and all were rather silent throughout even though there were many kids around. I had even felt I was a little too formal or overdressed.
Watching The Phantom of the Opera has really enlightened me to appreciate musicals more. I even filled in the survey hoping to win a trip to London. If there were future musicals, which one will you watch? I chose Footloose and Riverdance. I have heard of Footloose songs so I would wanna watch that show too. There wasn't a choice for Miss Saigon though otherwise I will choose to watch that too. I heard it is equally good too. I would like to comment and praise the productions behind the Phantom by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. Their props and stage layout is really good. They really did a good scene featuring the river leading to the lair of The Phantom. It really looked like they are on water. And the stars that twinkle when Christine was with Raoul on the rooftop, they were actually twinkling which really looked convincing it's like a real star we normally see. This same production did for the World Tour which included countries in Asia. Thumbs up for that!!! I bought a magical mug which I was eyeing for it on the Phatom website in London. It was a similiar mug which the white mask will appear when hot water is poured into it. I even bought the Soundtrack however it is from the Original Cast Reording in London which starred Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford. I even uploaded the music for you all from the Soundtrack. I still preferred the cast in the musical I watched. Their voices were so much better. Brad Little had far better voice than Michael Crawford. Even the singer in this musical had a better voice than Sarah Brightman in terms of voice quality.
Christine: In sleep he sang to me In dreams he came That voice which calls to me And speaks my name And do I dream again? For now I find The phantom of the opera is there, Inside my mind
Phantom: Sing once again with me Our strange duet My power over you Grows stronger yet And though you turn from me to glance behind The phantom of the opera is there Inside your mind
Christine: Those who have seen your face Draw back in fear I am the mask you wear
Phantom: It's me they hear
Both: My/Your spirit and my/your voice In one combined The phantom of the opera is there inside my/your mind
Chorus: Is that the phantom of the opera? Beware the phantom of the opera
Phantom: In all your fantasies you always knew That man and mystery
Christine: Were both in you
Both: And in this labrinth Where night is blind The Phantom of the opera is here/there
Christine: Inside my mind
Phantom: Sing, my Angel of Music!
Christine: He's there, the Phantom of the Opera . .
The dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads consisting of 35 beads to each string. It is 3 metres wide and weighs one ton. The touring version falls at 2.5 metres per second. The original version was built by 5 people in 4 weeks.
The Phantom's make-up takes 2 hours to put on and 30 minutes to take off. The face is moisturized, closely shaved and the prosthetics are fitted, setting immediately, before 2 wigs, 2 radio mics and 2 contact lenses (one white and one clouded) are placed.
2,230 metres of fabric are used for the drapes, 900 of them specially dyed. The tasselled fringes measure 226 metres. They are made up of 250 kilos of dyed wool interwoven with 5,000 wooden beads imported from India. Each one is handmade and combed through with an Afro comb.
There are 130 cast, crew and orchestra members directly involved in each performance.
Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines.
The touring production takes 27 articulated lorries to transfer the set between theatres.
[Name] Shireen Wong Sihui
[D.O.B] 1st March 1983
[Interests] I can hog on the PC for hours, going to KTV, watching movies, photography, love the nature
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