Thirty years ago today, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway. Two years before, in 1986, Lloyd Webber's title number, with lyrics by Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, and Mike Batt, was recorded as a single in the U.K. by Sarah Brightman, who would go on to play the role of Christine, and singer Steve Harley.
When the single became a hit, Lloyd Webber decided to make the tune into a music video. Directed by Ken Russell, the video paints an overall picture of the show within its four-minute running time, chandelier crash and all, and does so with an even more distinctively '80s vibe than the show already has. Celebrate the Phantom's Broadway birthday, and watch the original music video below.
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