12 June 2013 09:45 | By Joanna Goh
Spooky theatre superstitions

The Phantom of the Opera’s lead characters talk taboos and age-old adages that are observed by theatre folks throughout the world



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Text & Photos: Joanna Goh
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One of Broadway’s most successful shows, The Phantom of the Opera, will return to our shores and take center stage at the Marina Bay Sands’ theatre this July. Originating from a French novel (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux), the hauntingly beguiling love story between a masked phantom and his singing protégé has been retold on the big screen, and its musical show has been seen by millions worldwide (and counting).

As a story that revolves around the presence of a mysterious ‘Opera Ghost’ residing in the Paris Opera House, The Phantom of the Opera story is by itself what lead actors of the musical, Brad Little and Claire Lyon, would call a meta-take on supernatural tales passed on from earlier generations.

“There are a lot of [superstitions] because theatre has been around forever. There are so many ghost stories and theatres that are haunted, and there are so many stories based on ghosts in theatres,” says Brad, 49, as his co-star Claire, chimed, “Yeah, just like the Phantom.”

And there is more to the world of musical theatres than just ghostly tales, says Brad, who has played the role of ‘Phantom’ more than 2,000 times over a span of 17 years (his first time was in 1996).

The American actor also revealed a few “reverse” superstitions practiced by theatre folks worldwide, on top of explaining why words like ‘good luck’ and ‘Macbeth’ should never be said, during his interview with xinmsn, at Marina Bay Sands hotel. “For example," he said, "People say it is bad luck to open an umbrella inside a room and to walk under a ladder. But we do that in the theatre to bring good luck."

Read on for more as Brad Little and Claire Lyon shed light on theatre superstitions practiced throughout the world.

Catch The Phantom of the Opera when it opens in Singapore on July 16 at The MasterCards Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets are priced at $230, $165, $145, $125, $95, and $55 (*excludes $3 booking fee), and  available at www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing

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