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 +'''''The Phantom of the Opera''''' (in [[French language|French]], '''''Le Fantôme de l’Opéra''''') is a [[French language|French]] [[novel]] by [[Gaston Leroux]]. It was first published as a serialization in ''Le Gaulois'' from [[September 23]], [[1909]] to [[January 8]], [[1910]]. Some believe it to have been inspired by [[George du Maurier]]'s ''[[Trilby (novel)|Trilby]]'', but it is also based on real events related to the Paris Opera House which Leroux investigated, initiated by stories of an opera house ghost. Initially, the novel sold very poorly and was even [[out of print]] several times during the twentieth century. Today, it is considered to be a classic of French literature, though it is overshadowed by its many subsequent [[adaptation]]s. The novel was translated into [[English language|English]] in [[1911]]. It has since been adapted many times into [[film]] and stage productions, the most notable of which were the [[The Phantom of the Opera (1925 film)|1925 film depiction]] and [[Andrew Lloyd Webber]]'s [[The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical)|1986 musical]], starring [[Michael Crawford]] as [[Erik (The Phantom of the Opera)|the Phantom]], [[Steve Barton]] as Raoul, and [[Sarah Brightman]] as Christine, which is now the longest running [[Broadway theatre|Broadway]] show in history and the most lucrative entertainment enterprise of all time, its worldwide [[box office]] over the past 20 years out-grossing even the highest grossing film in history, ''[[Titanic (1997 film)|Titanic]]''.
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 +The story is about a man named [[Erik, the Phantom of the Opera|Erik]], the Phantom of the Opera, an eccentric, physically deformed [[genius]] who terrorizes the [[Opera Garnier]] in [[Paris]], [[France]]. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful [[soprano]] Christine, under his wing.
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The Phantom of the Opera (in French, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra) is a French novel by Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910. Some believe it to have been inspired by George du Maurier's Trilby, but it is also based on real events related to the Paris Opera House which Leroux investigated, initiated by stories of an opera house ghost. Initially, the novel sold very poorly and was even out of print several times during the twentieth century. Today, it is considered to be a classic of French literature, though it is overshadowed by its many subsequent adaptations. The novel was translated into English in 1911. It has since been adapted many times into film and stage productions, the most notable of which were the 1925 film depiction and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical, starring Michael Crawford as the Phantom, Steve Barton as Raoul, and Sarah Brightman as Christine, which is now the longest running Broadway show in history and the most lucrative entertainment enterprise of all time, its worldwide box office over the past 20 years out-grossing even the highest grossing film in history, Titanic.

The story is about a man named Erik, the Phantom of the Opera, an eccentric, physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris, France. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful soprano Christine, under his wing.



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