Since it launched in October 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera has won countless awards, including seven Tonys and three Oliviers, and is the longest running Broadway show in history.
As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations in 2011, Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, sang its theme song during a performance at the annual Royal Variety Performance in Manchester. Accompanied onstage by four of the most acclaimed “Phantoms” – Simon Bowman, Earl Carpenter, Ramin Karimloo and John Owen-Jones – she left the audience and online viewers alike stunned with the power and range of a voice many had simply relegated to pop tunes.
“I grew up in musical theatre and to be able to sing Phantom of the Opera and do my own version of it, hopefully it will be okay,” she said ahead of the performance.
Rest assured, it was more than just “ok.” Anyone who wrote her off as merely a 1990s-era pop diva would be sorely mistaken, as shown in the video below.
The curtain rises, revealing Scherzinger in a stunningly beautiful white gown, the four Phantoms standing sentry at her side as a thick mist roils at their feet. It’s obvious from the first stanza that this will definitely be a memorable performance!
Watch the video below to see the magic unfold, and share to spread the amazement!