Located on a small expansion shelf about midway between the Third and Fourth Circles, Musical Hell is presided over by Diva, a minor demon charged with passing judgement on the worst musicals ever committed to film. (She still hasn't figured out if this is their punishment or hers.) Take a seat on the bench and have your earplugs ready, because court is now in session.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Musical Hell: The (Other) Phantom of the Opera

What happens when a rich American dude tries to sponge some money off a phenomenon started by a rich British dude?  This is what: it's The Phantom of the Opera as done by a circa-1990 regional company in Florida. Enjoy!


  1. I certainly never expected such a kind review of this hot mess! Not that I can complain about it. I have the DVD myself.

  2. This remind me of the "other" EVITA.
    Argentina produced its own alternate version of EVITA called "EVA" featuring Argentine actress Nacha Guevara as Eva Peron. Book by Nacha Guevara, Lyrics by Pedro Orgambide and Music by Alberto Favero.

    It was an attempt to tell a more historically accurate (and flattering) account of the life of Eva Peron. An early production was shown on Argentine TV in 1986. An expanded and more elaborate production was later staged in 2008 as "EVA: El Gran Musical Argentino." I think it's virtually unknown outside of Argentina, and I haven't been able to find much information about it.

    Videos of both productions are available on YouTube, including a hi-def compilation of highlights from the 2008 production. The stage production and scenic design of the 2008 version looks impressive, but the music is very forgettable, and the whole show seems to be dripping with patriotic enthusiasm...