To all the people that consider Erik abusive. I Strongly disagree. Erik is manipulative, yes. He is forceful and tries to get Christine to marry him against her will, yes. Erik loses his temper with Christine a few times, and yells at her, yes (can you blame the guy?). But he is never truly ABUSIVE of her.
Go ahead, reference the time Ramin’s phantom choked Sierra, or the time JOJ’s phantom nearly backhanded Christine. I will acknowledge these moments, and then enlighten you to a little thing known in the world of acting as CHARACTER CHOICES. Character Choices are something an actor does to make a character their own. It does not mean that we should apply that to the character in general because nowhere in the stage directions is there anything that states Erik being physically abusive.
I can’t even call him verbally abusive because literally the only time he does anything close to verbal abuse is during “Stranger” (damn you, you little prying pandora) but even in that situation I think we see his true colors when he, immediately following his outburst of anger, withdraws into sadness. This is characteristic of someone who can lose their temper in a terrible way, but feels awful for doing so nearly immediately afterward. I would know, I’m one of those people.
“Oh But he drags her around during final lair while she’s fighting him thats abusive” No, it’s not, he’s angry (and incredibly hurt), she’s scared, and lets not forget the key aspect of Erik’s character: HE. IS. NOT. SANE. oh and here’s a little gem. Why is he not sane? Oh that’s right, because his whole life he’s suffered REAL abuse. Also, I’m fairly certain Christine would not feel any pity or love whatsoever for someone who had been abusive of her. and she feels both for Erik. Despite his manipulative and terrible actions, the woman still finds it in her heart to FORGIVE AND PITY HIM BECAUSE SHE UNDERSTANDS, AND. SHE. FORGIVES. HIM.
I think that, in the end, can override any “OH BUT ERIK’S A MURDERER AND INSANE AND UNSTABLE” yep, and Christine, the target of his insane, manipulative and murderous exploits, STILL can forgive him. Why can’t you?
am i the only one who thinks that sierra’s and ramin’s acting (from the 25th anniversary concert) is extremely passionate and beautiful and wonderful in every way i can give you examples
(side note: if I could afford to see Phantom live, I would. I know I haven’t experienced many Phantoms & Christines.)
it’s all faces! at the end of stranger than you dreamt it, erik is kneeling and he reaches out to christine as he mutters, “oh christine…no” AND HIS FACE. HIS FACE! he shows his truest self to her!
AND THEN “all i ask of you (reprise)” WHEN ERIK HEARS THEIR VOICES IN HIS HEAD…THE WAY HE COVERS HIS EARS IS THE MOST VULNERABLE SAD BEAUTIFUL THING
and finally, at the end, when christine comes back to return the ring: erik says ‘christine i love you’ and he’s holding her hand, AND SIERRA’S FACE. SIERRA’S FACE IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL. SHE IS FULL OUT CRYING AND IT IS JUST PERFECT AND EMBODIES ME DURING THE WHOLE SHOW AND WHEN SHE LOOKS BACK AND HE NODS *HIS FACE WHEN HE NODS IS SO BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE HE IS COMFORTING HER WITH THAT GLANCE* AND WHEN SHE GETS NEAR THE TOP OF THE STEPS: HER HEAD IS TOWARD HIM, SHE IS LOOKING AT HIM AND WHEN SHE SINGS “SAY YOU’LL SHARE WITH ME” *IT IS FOR HIM* AND HE KNOWS IT AND IT’S TAKEN ME A LONG TIME BUT I REALLY THINK THE STORY IS PERFECT AND ENDED PERFECTLY