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The West End's Adelphi theatre will be the place to go if you have ever lost sleep wondering what happened to the Phantom at the end of the original masked musical: he ran away to the fair, apparently. That miserable, sewer-dwelling, fairground organ-bashing, cape-wearing camp crusader will be reunited with his drippy, dreary amateur chanteuse Christine in a fairground on Coney Island, accompanied by a 26 piece orchestra and stage effects.
It's more than we could hope for, for these bleak economic times. If there's a chandelier that actually crushes the unfortunate attendees in the stalls rather than swooping away at the last minute, or some new variation on the stunt involving a malevolent ferris wheel that can roll everyone out of the auditorium to safety before the man with the half-mask starts another anguished bit of cod-opera, then even better. Oh, Sir Andrew, how do you do it? But more importantly, why? Why? WHY?