||[Mar. 5th, 2014|12:25 pm]
Love Never Dies. The 2010 Musical.
So in the Australian Version, is the idea that Christine really is under contract to sing at Hammerstein's new opera house, and that when he learns she is coming to New York the Phantom simply sends his henchmen to intercept her at the docks claiming to come from Hammerstein... or that the original invitation came from the Phantom, using Hammerstein's name and venue in order to avoid arousing suspicion?|
I've wondered about this. I think it's meant to be that she really was contracted by Hammerstein, because of Eric's attitude in their reunion scene when he offers her the deal. It makes me wonder what happened to whoever Hammerstein sent to meet the Chagney family at the dock. It's not at all clear. And too much coincidence.
It makes more sense that Eric faked the whole thing, confident that he could manipulate the outcome he desired. Ah, what a shit Eric can be! He just keeps doing the same kind of things.
Yes, I wondered what happened to the genuine Hammerstein representative at the docks... I suppose one can guess :-(
Ah well, I've decided to cut Hammerstein out of it and go back to the original soundtrack for my new story instead (using a really hostile Raoul): I don't think anyone has ever asked the question of what would have happened if they'd actually taken Raoul's proposal seriously, that first night, and simply packed up and left!
(Would it have solved anything? Probably not...)
You make me want to write the Eric side of that scenario. Oh, what a tantrum he would have! Though I think he's gone a bit soft, as a psychotic killer, and doesn't have the teeth to, say, go after Raoul in a murderous rage. He would probably be too distracted by trying to salvage his plan for Christine.
Shall we pretend that the genuine guide was merely distracted, perhaps made to arrive late? And someone told the agent that the Daaé and company went off in their own carriage?
Edited at 2014-03-06 10:49 pm (UTC)
I was thinking more in terms of drugged drinks than assassination ;-) I must say that Hammerstein would have been pretty put out if he really had arranged for La Daaé to feature on the opening night of his Manhattan Opera House, and then she didn't turn up: one feels he might have gone to some lengths to try to track down the errant performer. But I suppose the Phantom would have palmed him off with some kind of story as well...
I've just packed the de Chagny brigade off in a small Norwegian steamer (after some cursory research on slower and more obscure rivals to the big transatlantic lines), with a hint at least in my own mind that they were going out of the main door (volubly restrained by the hotel personnel) more or less at the moment Mr Y was coming in at the window -- or wherever it is that he does come in for the original version: I didn't check! So Erik can now rage to his heart's content :-p
Next up, I have to write the chapter in which this volte-face doesn't really solve anything much...