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The ‘Phantom’ never dies

The world’s most successful musical returns for a 10-day run at Taipei Arena

By Diane Baker  /  STAFF REPORTER

If the sequel does make it to the stage, it will have a lot to live up to. The Phantom turned its original Christine — Lloyd Webber’s then-wife Sarah Brightman — into a star and it has racked up a record number of awards over the years, including three Olivier Awards (London stage) and seven Tony Awards (New York City stage).

Each performance of this mega-musical sets its own records, with 230 costumes, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and 250kg of dry ice. Taipei is simply another cog in the machine that is The Music of the Night.

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