Musicals – The Phantom Of Opera – Prologue lyrics


Attached, the figure of a monkey in Persian robes playing the cymbals. Five then. Thank you. Eight once. (The AUCTIONEER switches on the chandelier. (spoken) 665, ladies and gentlemen: a papier-mache musical box,
In the shape of a barrel-organ. We are told ladies and gentlemen,
That this is the very chandelier which figures in the famous disaster. Your number, sir? The chandelier immense and glittering, rises magically from the stage,
Finally hovering high above the stalls) Fifteen I am bid. Our workshops have restored it
And fitted up parts of it with wiring for the new electric light,
So that we may get a hint of what it may look like when re- assembled. Ten, thank you. (spoken) Lot 663, then, ladies and gentlemen:
A poster for this house’s production of “Hannibal” by Chalumeau. Some of you may recall the strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera:
A mystery never fully explained. Ten francs for this. (The bidding continues. Fifteen, thank you, sir Fifteen I am bid. He studies it, as attention focuses on him for a moment)

RAOUL (quietly, half to himself, half to the box):
A collector’s piece indeed.. Selling twice. RAOUL. Five I am bid. PORTER: (holding it up)
(spoken) Showing here. Ten francs still. This item, discovered in the vaults of the theatre, still in working order. There is an enormous flash, and the OVERTURE begins. Six, seven. Your velvet lining, and your figurine of lead… Going at fifteen. (He sets it in motion)

AUCTIONEER:
(spoken) May I start at twenty francs? Your number, sir? AUCTIONEER:
(spoken) Do I have ten francs? Against you, sir, seven. PORTER:
(spoken) Showing here. (spoken)
Lot 664: a wooden pistol and three human skulls
From the 1831 production of “Robert le Diable” by Meyerbeer. During the overture the opera house is restored to its earlier grandeur. (Attention returns to the AUCTIONEER, as he resumes)

AUCTIONEER:
(spoken) Lot 666, then: a chandelier in pieces. Fifteen, then? Thank you, sir. AUCTIONEER:
(spoken) Sold. Sold, to Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny. She often spoke of you, my friend …. Will you still play, when all the rest of us are dead? eventually buys the box for thirty francs)

(spoken) Sold, for thirty francs to the Vicomte de Chagny. (The box is handed across to RAOUL. Eight. Every detail exactly as she said… Perhaps we may frighten away the ghost of
So many years ago with a little illumination, gentlemen?