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Posted by5 days ago

Big fan of musical theatre, love Phantom. I've done a lot of looking into different iterations of the phantom and how the actors approached it because I find that part quite interesting.

Most have been pretty consistent, but some have been way out there in how they portray the Phantom.To cut a long story short, they sound entirely different, they sing the songs (as in acting the songs out) differently too.

I'm not too hot on Michael Crawford, but I get it. I get his choices, his voice is good, I'm just not a fan.

Butler however, god jesus fuck he's awful.

Acting wise? He's fine. He did well with what he was given (the film is plagued with awful direction and writing too). Butler is an actor I can appreciate.

He can't sing though, he just can't.

Maybe he could do a mean cover of sweet caroline at karaoke night, but he cannot match, or even be compared to the 50+ other phantoms that have performed.

His voice, tone wise, is not an acting choice unlike the others. It's just bad. I'm tired of trying to see his grating voice as some reflection of his character when the character's voice is literally supposed to be hypnotically good. I mean for god's sake, he literally taught Christine how to sing opera. He's supposed to sound operatic. You cannot take creative liberty with the voice of the phantom because then it makes no sense.

Rant over. No hate for Butler, he tried. Poor casting and poor direction. If they'd have thought more about production quality than getting asses in seats - particularly those attracted to men - I'm sure the movie would jump up a whole tier.

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Posted by5 months ago

So first off not hating on anybody who DOES like him.

But I just can't understand how anyone who has heard the role sung properly (either the original cast recording or actually seen the stage musical, or the 25th anniversary) can possibly think his performance good. He objectively on a vocal level is not great. He yells a large portion of his lines and struggles to hit the more difficult notes. It's honestly horrible casting and while I'm not a fan of Rossum either since she also can't exactly live up to the potential of the role (not bad just very generic and average like the voice you'd usually hear in a highschool production or a church choir if someone want's to explain that one as well I'd appreciate it. I won't criticize the lack of variation in facial expression too hard considering the Sarah Brightman precident) he really is the worst offender.

It's one thing if the character is SUPPOSED to be a poor singer or they're not someone you'd expect to have a great voice (Aido Annie in Oklahoma or Ben Rumson in paint your wagon. He's a prospector not a professional singer) but the Phantom no matter the version is a character completely defined by his gorgeous voice. He's called the Angel of Music for god's sake and as a voice that can put you into an almost hypnotic state. He grew up IN an opera house surrounded by music and characters always talk about the beauty of his voice. So it doesn't make sense for the character to quote Musical Hell "sounds like a water buffalo with laringitis being strangled." I literally cringed any time he opened his mouth. Not exactly the desired effect.

Like i said it's not just preference (say Anthony Warlow doesn't really do it for me the way Karimloo does but his voice does at least fit the role he CAN sing it properly) that's preference. But Gerard is just objectively bad on a technical level. So I don't get the love for a person who can't sing the role.

The only really justification I guess I could understand is nostalgia value if it were someone's first phantom but to say that he's actually good vocally doesn't make sense to me. I found that once you heard it done WELL you've kind of passed the point of no return. The difference in talent is obvious.

I admit he is sexy as hell and looks the part WITH THE MASK on but it's all down hill once he opens his mouth. (I don't blame the guy for his pinkeye though).

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