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Post Phantom's gestures
I've been watching several versions of Music Of The Night on YouTube. I got to wondering about what the actor does with this arms/hands. He seems to have certain gestures for each line, but I can't figure out what they actually mean.

Anyone have any ideas?


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I am not sure they mean anything more than the normal gestures people use when theyre communicate with each other. It could be so that its one off his ways to remember the text like "whenever I do THAT I am supposed to sing THIS" kinda thing.

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Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:12 am
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I don't think that there are any specific symbolic meanings, but the movements were all blocked and choreographed by Gillian Lynn, Harold Prince, and Michael Crawford back in 1986 to work with the music and the lyrics to produce the Phantom's musical seduction of Christine. They are still done very much (in many cases *exactly*) the way they were worked out originally over 20 years ago.

Oh, and yes, Michael Crawford said once that the movements and gestures help the actors remember the lines.

Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:12 pm
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