ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER lyrics by GLENN SLATER book by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & BEN ELTON
with GLENN SLATER & FREDERICDK FORSYTH

WORLD PREMIERE 09-03-10 ADELPHI THEATRE LONDON RECORDED DRAFT

__________________________________________________________________________

ACT ONE
Prologue
(The sound of seagulls cawing forlornly as the tide rolls relentlessly in. Lights slowly rise to reveal the boardwalk at Coney Island, in winter. Againt a dull grey sky, we see the abandoned frames of Coney’s famous atractions: A skeletal roller coaster… A frost-covered Ferris Wheel… A decrepit steeplechase track. They rise behind a weatered wooden fence pasted with old and tattered show posters, advertising the now-forgotten performers who once delighted millions. A woman enters, wrapped in a ragged coat. She is not old, but has clearly been ill-used by time. She stops to gaze at the posters.) MADAME GIRY “Phantasma. City of Wonders… Mr Y. Presents… Marvels, astonishments… Human prodigies. The Ooh La La Girl, five performances daily… Christine Daaé, the soprano of the century” Gone. All gone. (As she trails off, a voice addresses her.) FLECK Yes…there’s nothing left. Nothing but ghosts. But I knew you’d come back… Madame Giry. (As the voice speaks, its source unfolds itsels from the seaside debris: Another woman, ageless and odd, with a pale face, sunken eyes, and a bizarre manner.) MADAME GIRY FLECK You…still here. Of course we’re still here. The freaks, the monstrous, the bizarre… Where else could we exist but here? And after the tragedy… After the master disappeared with the child… After the fire that consumed everything… His dream. Our dream… Remember how it was? Remember? (Crooning, half-mad) Coney Isle… Glistening and glimmering! Rising bright, drenched with light… (As she sings, ghostly fireworks explode overhead) See it smile, beckoning and shimmering! All agleam… Like a dream..! __________________________________________________________________________ 2

MADAME GIRY FLECK

__________________________________________________________________________

FLECK & MADAME GIRY Every fantasy set free! Sodom rising by the sea! (The dilapidated seaside world begins to transform before our eyes, bursting into light and color.) MADAME GIRY Coney Isle! Miracle on miracle! Speed and sound all around. Mile by mile, loud and lewd and lyrical. Thrill on thrill, never still. All america was there. Beggar next to billionaire! In they came, chasing sensation and romance… Eyes aflame, desperate for pleasures yet unknown. Night and day, pouring in by the hundreds of thousands! Swept away, as their ev’ry desire was made real! (The sound of the sea remains for a few moments, then the Coney Island Waltz slowly starts up. A vision of the past manifests itself – Coney Island in its heyday. At the height of the reverie…) FLECK MADAME GIRY FLECK MADAME GIRY FLECK That’s the place that you ruined, you fool! (Shocked out of her reverie.) Wh…what? What do you mean? That’s the world you destroyed with your greed! It wasn’t my fault! I couldn’t have known..! Don’t you remember what happened back then, when we… Even we!... Dared to walk among men (Whispered, softly, gently) When even a Phantom could dream his dark dreams once again… (Suddenly, ragtime Music sweeps up, obliterating the two women from the future…)

__________________________________________________________________________ 3

thronged with delighted holiday makers. (The grounds of an ornate amusement park. ALL BYSTANDERS It’s a little slice of Heaven by the sea! (More onlookers enter.__________________________________________________________________________ SCENE 1 – Outside Phantasma. there’s restaurants! A midway! A gigantic concert hall! The biggest funhouse ever seen! A volcano that erupts each day at three! Wonders brought from ‘round the world! The season’s just begun.) ONLOOKER 1 ONLOOKER 2 ONLOOKER 3 BYSTANDER 1 ONLOOKER 4 BYSTANDER 2 ONLOOKERS 1 & 2 Look. The boardwalk. but Mr Y has got it all! Crystal fountains! Grand pavillions! Hell.) BYSTANDER 1 BYSTANDER 2 BYSTANDER 3 BYSTANDER 4 Hurry up! You won’t believe it! Take a look what’s over here! Who imagined just how big the place would be? BYSTANDERS 2 & 3 The man called Mr Y put it up in just a year. Coney Island. it musta cost him millions! It’s a little slice of Heaven by the sea! BYSTANDER 1 BYSTANDER 2 BYSTANDER 3 & 4 BYSTANDERS/ONLOOKERS (The crowd gets bigger. gazing around in amazement.) ONLOOKER 1 Over here! __________________________________________________________________________ 4 . and more festive. circa 1907.

) A mask? A mask? But what’s behind it? What’s behind it? What’s behind it? CROWD 1 CROWD 2 CROWD 1 CROWD 2 CROWD 1 & 2 CROWD 1 CROWD 2 CROWD 1 CROWD 2 CROWD 1 CROWD 2 BYSTANDER 1 BYSTANDER 2 BYSTANDER 3 & 4 ONLOOKER 1 ONLOOKER 2 ONLOOKERS 3 & 4 PASSERBY 1 CROWD PASSERBY 2 BYSTANDERS SPECTATORS __________________________________________________________________________ 5 .) The shows! The games of chance! The rush! (Echoing.) The rush! The whirl! (Echoing. the marble colonnades! The rides! (Echoing.) The rides! The shows! (Echoing.__________________________________________________________________________ CROWD (ALL) The sights! The sounds! The lights! The smells! The wonder wheels! The carousels! The gardens and arcades.) The whirl! The sheer romance! The sheer romance! And the rumours… What about ‘em? Things so odd you daren’t doubt ‘em… Freaks and monsters… Aberrations… Weird mechanical creations… And the Genius who designed it wears a mask! (Whispers.

) The boss? MEG SHOWGIRL 1 __________________________________________________________________________ 6 . chattering and pointing.__________________________________________________________________________ OBSERVERS FULL CROWD What’s behind it? What’s behind it? (The crowd erupts in a burst of exitement.) Wonder what he’ll think… (to SHOWGIRL 2. and we see. MEG and two other chorines. (To SHOWGIRL 1.) MEG SHOWGIRL 1 MEG SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 Jesus. peeking through a hole and surveying the crowd.) Got a match? (To herself. behind the vast posters. then building to the full group.) PASSERBY 1 PASSERBY 2 ONLOOKERS 1 & 2 ONLOOKERS 3 & 4 SPECTATORS PASSERBY BYSTANDER 1 ALL BYSTANDERS Fancy ballrooms! Vaulted spaces! Shoot-the-chutes and steeplechases! A casino! A museum! Look! A Roman colosseum! And a concert hall that’s bigger than the Met! (First singly. Kid. fanning out through the park.) What’s inside it? What’s inside it? What’s inside it? What’s inside it? (The façade of the amusement park bleeds through whilst the enesemble freeze. what a crowd. look who you are! The headline act! A major star! You’re already a hit. Nervous? Just a bit.

Your swear? Trust me. hoping desperately to shine. Just imagine how they’ll cheer At the moment you appear.! Let ‘em whoop and let ‘em call. Hell.) Tell me how I look. Fine. Shining only for him. he’ll be there tossing you bouquets. wound up tighter than a spring. Stepping out before the scrim. (Suddenly self-conscious. Honey please… He’s here. it’s only for him. I won’t hear the crowd at all… No. once the boss sees how you put that song across. And in just two days. And I’ll practice ev’ry line. as the house begins to dim. (Worried. he ain’t got a prayer (Hopefully.) Just fine? What about my hair? Beautiful.) I’ll be waiting in the wing. Picture it! The cream of Manhattan! Celebrities! Millionaires! Watching your! (In a private reverie.__________________________________________________________________________ MEG SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 if he’s even here. At our gala premiere..) You mean it? SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 SHOWGIRL 1 MEG SHOWGIRLS MEG SHOWGIRLS MEG SHOWGIRL 2 MEG SHOWGIRL 2 MEG SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 MEG __________________________________________________________________________ 7 .

) Ah-Ahh.) BYSTANDER ONLOOKER 1 ONLOOKER 2 PASSERBY 1 PASSERBY 2 ONLOOKER 3 & 4 MEG Where is she? Look! There! In the center! Just like in the posters! it’s the Ooh La La Girl! Meg Giry! Welcome each and everyone to our firmament of fun! A buffet of Ballyhoo! SHOWGIRLS MEG & SHOWGIRLS It’s where coney comes to play and it’s opening today! __________________________________________________________________________ 8 .. at last he’ll know… (Another SHOWGIRL peeks out of the stage door. the barker.) And perhaps. and the strongman SQUELCH. up the audience will rise. GANGLE. singing only for him.__________________________________________________________________________ SHOWGIRLS SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 SHOWGIRLS MEG You’ll step out into the light. nearly bursting at the brim! And you’ll stand there in the glow… (Wishful. the Gates to PHANTASMA swing open and the girls come out. now in the company of the speciality acts – MS FLECK. Looking lovely! Burning bright! All vitality and vim! (Losing herself in the vision.) SHOWGIRLS MEG SHOWGIRL 3 Girls! Hurry up! We’re on! (And as the company begin to move again and the girls rush to make an entrance.! And I’ll rapturously float through the melody he wrote. And before the music dies. as an aerialist.

half woman.) Is he important? (They exit as the stage darkens until…) __________________________________________________________________________ 9 MEG MADAME GIRY . As the SHOWGIRLS continue to dance. and MEG runs over to her. Was he watching? I’m sure he was. Miss Meg Giry. it seems you have an admirer. all for only 10 cents a ticket… (MADAME GIRY is waiting there.) By the way. (Begins to cross fade to MEG. (They begin to exit.__________________________________________________________________________ MEG SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 SHOWGIRL 3 And it’s only for you! And you! And you! And you! SHOWGIRLS & MEG Entertainment day and night. Then she pauses offhandedly.) And now the aerial exoticism of the fabulous Miss Fleck – half bird. Meg. A certain Mr.) MEG MADAME GIRY How was I? Tell me? Delightful. for the season’s big premiere! And it’s only for you! (MEG does a little curtsey to the audience and runs off. And I say that not only as your mother… But as your producer.) Yoo hoo! SHOWGIRLS & MEG We’re so happy that you’re here.) GANGLE Ladies and Gentlemen. sure to dazzle and delight! MEG SHOWGIRLS And of course we’ll be there too! (Waving and flirting with the crowd. I’m sure he’ll have much to say about how much you’ve progressed. Thompson. MEG (Hesitantly. the stage revolves again so that we’re backstage. Just perfect. only here at Phantasma. the Ooh La La Girl! Five shows daily.

Night steals in. but at the height of the ecstatic moment. revealing the Phantom’s workroom. I dream that you are there . Seasons fly. (In the darkness. I can’t give them a voice without you! My Christine.! My Christine. And sometimes.. In my mind. Ten long years. I count the silent days ‘till I hear you sing once more. wasting my time on smoke and noise. THE PHANTOM pulls back. breaking the spell. And in a haze. He embraces her from behind. alive. The lights rise. Behind her circles a man in a mask – THE PHANTOM. and their bodies entwine.! Lost and gone… Lost and gone… The day starts.__________________________________________________________________________ SCENE 2 – The Aerie. pacing the floor. She is ravishing. And months pass. Still you don’t walk through the door. but I find. living a mere façade of life.) PHANTOM (To the automaton. breathtaking. we realixe that the woman is not in fact real… But a cleverly devised automaton. yet I can’t bear to sleep ‘till I hear you sing… And weeks pass.) Ten long years.But wake holding nothing. I hear melodies pure and unearthly.. but the empty air… __________________________________________________________________________ 10 . the glowing figure of a beautiful woman suddenly appears. at night times. The moments creep. The day ends. Time crawls by.

don’t say it . did you watch? Tell me that you saw! Did you hear the crowd? The way they cheered? I hope you’re proud . ‘till I hear you sing once more! (Gently and lovingly. what are they for? I’ll always feel no more that halfway real. My broken soul can’t be alive and whole. but I promise.I can guess..(Distracted. let dreams pass! Let them die! Without you. would you say? People seemed to like the view. Suddenly MEG and MADAME GIRY burst in.) MEG Tell me. And music-Your music! -It teases at my ear.and it fades away And you’re not here! Let hopes pass. MEG rushes over to him. down to the core. I mean? I can change a thing or two. of course. ‘till I hear you sing once more. Time runs dry. I turn . I’ll progress .Did you like the new routine? Was it passable. Meg. he covers up the lifeless mannequin. what should I do? No. Still I ache. Whatever you feel is best… Did the costume look OK? Too revealing.__________________________________________________________________________ And years come.That would surely bring ‘em in . please! I could show a bit more skin .) Meg! PHANTOM MEG MADAME GIRY MEG MADAME GIRY __________________________________________________________________________ 11 .) Yes.. And years go.(Exploding.

when the lawmen hounded you? Gone. I guess. You’re forgetting yourself.) Christine! Christine! (Disappointed. what’s the fuss? Our succes means naught. Madame. long gone.) In Paree. Don’t you see he forgot what this is? Op’ning day.) Christine.PHANTOM (Assertive.) (Continues. who was there? We were there! Were was she. We stayed on. That’s quite enough. wary. Who concealed you safe away? Smuggled you up to calais? Found a freighter out of France . This is ancient hist’ry. Meg. when the mob surrounded you. Leave. (MADAME GIRY rips the cover off of the mannequin.) I don’t see the problem. MEG turns and exits.) Can’t you see that the master’s at work? Can’t you see that his mind’s somewhere else? Can’t you see that obviously he’s thinking of things more important than you! PHANTOM MADAME GIRY (Warningly.) Careful. once MEG is gone.__________________________________________________________________________ (MEG stops. compared to the things that the master must do.) MADAME GIRY MEG MADAME GIRY (Contemptuously. PHANTOM __________________________________________________________________________ 12 . big deal. Now. (Without another word.

? (Without another word. For a moment. MADAME GIRY exits. as I promised you would.) Oh Christine! My Christine! Yes. when the sideshow hired you.. my sweet Christine! (He breaks off.! PHANTOM Enough! (Coldly. loved and idolized you! She betrayed you. not her! And who stayed with you. Who kept working night and day? Who gave your their very lives? And who helped you buy that sideshow? Who helped you finance your scheme? Who wouldn’t quit ‘till your act was a hit. While they kept you on display. Then he turns back tot he automaton. you fled from my face once before.. chose his beauty and youth! It’s long past time you faced up to . shunned you and despiced you! She chose Raoul.) __________________________________________________________________________ 13 .__________________________________________________________________________ MADAME GIRY And once here. I’ll be no longer denied! I’ll have you back by my side. Helped you and advised you? We stayed with you. Then. THE PHANTOM is thrown. who stood by? Meg and I. back in control of himself. overcome. And your hit could become your dream? Who plied the politicians? Lured investors and the press? No. almost as if for support. but Christine. Now. if you’ve anything else left to say.) You’ll be repaid. even you can’t ignore. my Christine. what we shared.

Reporters. escorted by a dapper gentleman.__________________________________________________________________________ And come what may.) REPORTER 1 It’s Mrs Astor! PHOTOGRAPHER 1 Hey. The crowd is already looking past her. Manhattan. A latecomer rushes in. I swear you somehow. well-wishers and gawkers form an aisle to Greet the disembarking passengers. Colonel. the passengers are going through customs now. I will hear you sing once more! (He fades into the shadows. didja? __________________________________________________________________________ 14 . there’s Colonel Vanderbilt! Hey.) LATECOMER ONLOOKER 1 ONLOOKER 2 Has the Persephone docked yet? Yeah. and flashbulbs go off. We hear the vulgar strains of a cheap brass band…) SCENE 3 – Pier 69. Here they come! (The first passengers come through the gate: a portly lady wearing an enourmous plumed hat.) ONLOOKER 2 REPORTER 1 Look. Outside the custom house Gates (…and we are suddenly dockside at the disembarking of a massive ocean liner. someway. Mrs Astor! Over here! (MRS ASTOR turns.) REPORTER 2 REPORTER 3 How was your trip? Is that the latest Paris style? (She blows them a kiss and is escorted to her waiting carriage. photographers. enjoyed those French pastries. A little welcome band sits nearby. playing loudly.

) There’s nothing there we don’t have bigger and better over here. there she is! (HAMMERSTEIN is forgotten. then . She is nearly obscured by veils and cloche hat. then moves on. Dapper and handsome.) No pictures. this way! (HAMMERSTEIN approaches the press line.) REPORTER 2 Over there. Mr H. stands CHRISTINE DAAÉ. no pictures of the boy! (But he is ignored in the frenzy.) REPORTER 1 REPORTER 2 RAOUL REPORTER 3 REPORTER 1 Hey Christine. Flashbulbs explode. please! (Her husband appears. that’s Oscar Hammerstein. I assure you.) REPORTER 3 ONLOOKER 1 How was Europe? Hey.every inch a star.) RAOUL Her name is Madame de Chagny! Stand aside! Stand aside. clutching the hand of a Young boy. pats his ample waistline lightly as the flashbulbs go off. over here. There is a moment of awed silence as the onlookers take in this vision… Then pandemonium. protectively. pulls the boy closer. why ain’tcha singin’ at the Met? The Vicomtesse has been engaged by the well-known impresario – Well-known?! No one’s ever seen the guy! __________________________________________________________________________ 15 . iconic . PHOTOGRAPHER 2 Thanks Colonel! (The Colonel smiles indulgently.) REPORTERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Christine Daaé! Christine Daaé! Over here! This way! (CHRISTINE. brusque. but she is gorgeous..__________________________________________________________________________ COLONEL VANDERBILT (Smiles broadly. ain’t it? PHOTOGRAPHER 1 Hey. do you hear? No pictures of my wife. as the crowd surges around her. framed in the gateway.. All eyes turn. why Coney Island? Your first concert in years. Suddenly. still silent. irate.

Is it true you left your entire fortune on a roulette table in Monte Carlo? Why. (The crowd hoots and laughts. and the boy shrinks back against CHRISTINE. look.) I… want to learn how to swim.. anyways? It’s the money..__________________________________________________________________________ REPORTER 3 REPORTER 2 REPORTER 3 REPORTER 1 How’d he lure the great Christine Daaé over here. is what they’re sayin’ in France.) For God’s sake.! Yeah.) GUSTAVE (Pointing. you insolent jackal! How dare you .) RAOUL REPORTER 2 (Heatedly. didn’t this Mr Y send someone to receive us? (Suddenly animated. leave the child Aline! (He looks around anxiously. What is it? (All eyes turn as a strange carriage appears. and the driver’s face seems to be completely obscured. sir . the boy steps forward. and her art is payin’ off your gambling debts. whatcha gonna sing.) __________________________________________________________________________ 16 .) REPORTER 3 RAOUL GUSTAVE RAOUL REPORTER 1 REPORTER 2 REPORTER 3 GUSTAVE RAOUL I said. how does it feel to have a famous mother? This is your first time in America? What do you plan to do here at Coney? (Shy.) Mother.) My wife is an artist. “Yankee Doodle Moolah”? (The crowd guffaws.) Not now.. The horses appear to be mechanical.? Right over there… Across the square. fancifully designed. right? All that American moolah! Hey Christine. Gustave! Hey kid.Father – (Snapping.

) Is this some kind of joke? No. And then. __________________________________________________________________________ 17 . it’s a publicity stunt for that freakshow on Coney! It’s a front page feature. They bow in unision at the crowd. then approach CHRISTINE and family with bizarre yet oddly beautiful motions. And who nows.) What on earth could it be? I’ve never seen such a thing before in my life! Damn strange. that’s what it is! The most peculiar conveyance! Etc.) RAOUL ONLOOKER 2 ONLOOKER 3 ONLOOKER 4 This is outrageous! It’s amazing! Brilliant! I’mm telling ya.) SQUELCH Are you ready to begin? Are you ready to get on? You’re about to start out on the journey of your lives. Smitty? PHOTOGRAPHER 1 (Snapping pictures. (Suddenly the doors of the carriage open. Where you’ll be when it arrives? (With one fluid motion. which het hen lets go. that Mr Y is an absolute genius! (GANGLE and SQUELCH flank the family and walk them towards the carriage as the bird-like FLECK beckons them forward.__________________________________________________________________________ ONLOOKERS (Muttering amongst themselves. then get in. (With a flourish. he removes RAOUL’s top hat… And suddenly makes it vanish into thin air. he reaches behind GUSTAVE’s ear and pulls out a colored handkerchief. then we’ll get gone. once it goes. outraged.) GANGLE If you’re ready. revealing… A completely empty interior.) RAOUL ONLOOKER 1 REPORTER 1 (Bewildered.) You betcha! (The thin one speaks next. three figures extricate themselves from the empty space. Once you’re in. is what it is! You getting this.) FLECK It’s a fun house where the mirrors all reflect what’s real.

) GUSTAVE (Exited.) RAOUL This is unacceptable. remains outside the carriage.) REPORTER 1 ONLOOKER 1 That was somethin’. until it disappears. not like the old days. Caruso sang half of Pagliacco for us when he got off the boat. I bet she ain’t got it no more. do you hear me? I will be taking this up with your employer! Whoever he is! (Only GUSTAVE.__________________________________________________________________________ FLECK & GANGLE (Whispered.) And reality’s as twisted as the mirrors reveal. Silently. The welcome band bursts back into song. the carriage rolls off as onlookers watch. FLECK. CHRISTINE is led inside. she’s pitch perfect… But empty inside. exactly how I dreamed… And Phantasma still awaits… Wonder what’s behind its gates… (The boy climbs in.) Everything and everyone . protesting. Eh. speechless.It’s all just how I dreamed… All the freaks.) ONLOOKER 2 Look! It’s the Rockefellers! (The band keeps playing as we transition to…) REPORTER 2 __________________________________________________________________________ 18 . Sure. Like the flame went out of somethin’. (Someone points to the arrival Gates. then RAOUL. wasn’t it? I was hoping she’d sing. the boy. GANGLE & SQUELCH And the fun is finding out what the mirrors show… (The Group is now at the door of the carriage. and all the fun.

lower-class scum here. How do they dare to treat us so! Father dear. slams down his glass. and a piano upon which rests some sheet music. CHRISTINE and GUSTAVE settle into a spacious hotel suite. some chairs and tables. never you mind the debts we owe – Who would believe we’ve sunk this low? Father. He sits with his back to us. As the family enters. (RAOUL. a chaise. common. at most. RAOUL immediately goes to the tabel and pours himself a brandy. come play with me. come play with me – Please tell the boy the answer’s no! (In the moment of silence that follows. From our so-called host – Did he think sending freaks would be funny? Could the fool have thought that our pride was bought by his filthy American money? What a farce! What an outright slap in the face – It’s an utter disgrace – I’ve got a mind to pack and go. GUSTAVE runs to the piano and snatches an object frrom it. preocupied with his find.) (Through gritted teeth. There is a huge window with ornate drapes. come and see this toy I’ve got – (RAOUL takes a slug of brandym. A hotel suite.) RAOUL What a snub.__________________________________________________________________________ SCENE 4 – The hotel. CHRISTINE idly plays a few notes from the sheet Music on the piano.) Must you make that racket? __________________________________________________________________________ 19 GUSTAVE GUSTAVE RAOUL . please.) RAOUL What a dreadful town! What a vulgar place! What an awful mistake to have come here! To be on display in that shameless way for the crude. Evening.

(He hesitates a moment. then leaves.__________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE RAOUL CHRISTINE It’s the aria I’m to sing tomorrow. roughly. it plays a melody (The wind-up toy plays the same little tune that the marching band played at the dockside… Until RAOUL. and father.) Father never plays with me. don’t drink any more. Then. Please let’s not fight. unable to bear it. doesn’t he love me? __________________________________________________________________________ 20 . wind it u p. come over here... That’s why things haven’t been right.) GUSTAVE (Crestfallen.) Please what? Nothing.) RAOUL CHRISTINE RAOUL CHRISTINE I need some air. see – Look. dear… I’m sure that no one intended a slight. We need the money. (He moves to the door. dear… Why doesn’t it surprise me that I get the blame here? Let’s leave tonight.) RAOUL CHRISTINE RAOUL CHRISTINE GUSTAVE Father dear. that’s all. and look at what they gave to me. dear… If that would serve to ease your troubled mind… Leave the hurt behind. (His anger subsides as she soothes him. it’s your fault we came here. slamming the door behind him. It hurts my head. Only… Raoul. dear… Don’t you patronize me. please. smashes it down..) Raoul.! (Turns at door.

GUSTAVE Love is not always beautiful. it goes unrecognized… So look with your heart. the heart never lies. Forget what you think .) Learn from someone who knows… Make sure you don’t forget. your heart will be right. Love you misunderstand is love that you’ll regret… (She trails off… Lost. and when it finds love. Love is not always beautiful.? (Prompting her. not at the start… So open your arms. perhaps.The heart always knows. look with your heart. and not with your eyes.__________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE Love’s a curous thing.) Look with your heart… And not with your eyes… The heart can’t be fooled. it often comes disguised. in memory.. After a long moment…) GUSTAVE Mother. The heart understand. Look with your heart . Loot at love the wrong way. The heart is too wise. and trust what it shows. (Suddenly serious.Ignore what you hear – CHRISTINE GUSTAVE CHRISTINE GUSTAVE & CHRISTINE Look with your heart! It always sees clear. and close your eyes tight. Believe what it feels. not at the start… __________________________________________________________________________ 21 .

but sensed you even so. lingering gaze. beneath a moonless sky. that long ago night. How dare you try and claim me now! How dare you come invade my life! Oh Christine… My Christine.! In that time when the world thought me dead. She winds it and lets it play. As the music continues under. she hums the melody to herself as she picks the toy up off the floor where the boy has left it. ah. Then…) CHRISTINE I should have known that you’d be here… I should have known it all along. And I touched you – PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM And I felt you – And I heard those ravishing refrains… CHRISTINE & PHANTOM __________________________________________________________________________ 22 . (GUSTAVE exits. And CHRISTINE and THE PHANTOM gaze at one another for the first time in ten years. Then whirls around. Instead of the marching band music...__________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE But open your arms… And close your eyes tight… Look with your heart… And when it finds love… Your heart will be right. You’re in each measure of that song. She freezes. on the night just before you were wed. I couldn’t see your face. there was a night. don’t you deny that you did. Christine! You came and found where I hid. This whole arrangement bears your stamp. attended by a nanny.) That night… Once. my Christine. too dark to see a thing.! (Remembering. A long. too dark to even try – I stole to your side to tell you I must go. the toy plays a different melody.

a womand and a man. PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE And I caught you – And I kissed you – And I took you – And caressed you – __________________________________________________________________________ 23 . Cloaked under the night. blind in the dark. We said things in the dark we never dared to say. beneath the moonless sky. with nothing to suppress. CHRISTINE And.__________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM The music of your pulse – The singin in your veins – And I held you – And I touched you – And embraced you – And I felt you – And with ev’ry breath and ev’ry sigh – CHRISTINE & PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM I felt no longer scared… I felt no longer shy… CHRISTINE & PHANTOM At last. And I kissed you – CHRISTINE And caressed you – PHANTOM PHANTOM & CHRISTINE And the world around us fell away. as soul gazed into soul. our feelings bared. no more and yet… No less. and saw you pure and whole. I looked into your heart.

from now until I die. And nothing mattered then. And I loved you! Oh. before the sun could rise. and whispered a goodbye.Both of us knew why… We both knew why… CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM & CHRISTINE And yet I won’t regret. beneath a moonless sky. (She sweeps out onto the balcony. except for you and I.) There is no now. Yes. And slipped into the dark beneath the moonless sky. I stood while you slept. and found you gone instead. afraid to see your eyes. I loved you! I’d have followed anywhere you led.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM & CHRISTINE With a need to urgent to deny. ashamed of what I was. against the night sky. I woke to swear my love. PHANTOM And when it was done. Together. again and then again. PHANTOM CHRISTINE And now? How can you talk of now? For us – (She breaks off. the night I can’t forget beneath a moonless sky.) __________________________________________________________________________ 24 . with the world at their feet… And yet irreparably apart. and he follows. I loved you! And I left you! How I loved you! And I had to . And I loved you.

we did what we thought must be done. and maybe I was wrong. We do what we must do… We love. and time keeps moving on… PHANTOM & CHRISTINE We love. We live. seizing me. please . and sees THE PHANTOM.An awful dream! Someone strange and mad. Gustave. this is… Mr Y. and buries his face in his mother’s dress. You chose to turn the page. And take what little we deserve… Once upon another time.__________________________________________________________________________ Once upon another time. And take what little we deserve. and drowning me… (The boy.) GUSTAVE (Apprehensive. We live.. We live. it’s all right. (GUSTAVE runs in wildly. Once upon that other time.I’m scared! What a dream . my friend. I knew how our story would end. And now.) Mother. PHANTOM CHRISTINE __________________________________________________________________________ 25 . Come and meet a friend of mine… (With a courtly flourish. I’d make time itself somehow bend! But now I’m not that strong. We give what we can give. and I made choices too.) Welcome to my world. sensing another presence in the room. turns from his mother to look. We give what we can give. And take what little we deserve. We give what we can give.. Were it still that other time. our story had only begun. but now the moment’s gone. We love.) CHRISTINE Shh… Gustave. PHANTOM Once upon another time. breaking the mood. we have no choice.

mother. 6… A 5. 7. Meg. __________________________________________________________________________ 26 . CHRISTINE begins to undress in front of the mirror. if you please. (And suddenly he vanishes!) GUSTAVE PHANTOM CHRISTINE GUSTAVE Back to sleep now. from the back. We see them upstage. say hello! What a cutie! What a peach! Bathing beauty! Watch her go! STAGE MANAGER (From onstage. Girls. The wishful moment is shattered as we transition to the next scene. 8! MEG & SHOWGIRLS Bathing beauty on the beach.) DANCE CAPTAIN 5. Backstage at the theatre. She gazes at her own reflection… Seeing herself as she was ten years ago. The next day. all the island’s mysteries? All that’s strange and wild and dark in the shadows of the parks? You shall see it all tomorrow. Yes. going through their routine. bathing beauty. Alone. (MEG and the other dancers are rehearsing their big number. Gustave. take it one more time. (Leaning closer.) All right. (He exits to the bedroom. I promise.) SCENE 5 – Backstage. conspiratorially. take five. 6.__________________________________________________________________________ GUSTAVE PHANTOM (Eye’s widening.) This place… Is yours? Every inch of it.) Tell me where you’d like to go… Tell me what you want to see… I can grant any wish… (Shyly.) Could you show me.

She is in her own private World as CHRISTINE and GUSTAVE enter. Meg. (Not daring to hope.) Do you think so. he never comes to see the show. Does he agree? It’s been three months. just one… You may get more than that. mother? Really? (Smiling.) GUSTAVE Mother! MADAME GIRY MEG MADAME GIRY __________________________________________________________________________ 27 . Not this cheap vaudeville trash. Prim and proper.) Bathing beauty on the beach. Once she’s gone MEG practically vibrates with happiness.) MADAME GIRY MEG MADAME GIRY MEG Very nice. Make yourself useful to him. bathing beauty. Something glorious.) You’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season. say hello! What a cutie! What a peach! Bathing beauty! What her go! Posing under her parasol she is whatcha call a real spectacle. see her practic’lly glow! Wearing a smile and giving Coney Island a bathing beaut of a show! Wearing a smile and giving Coney Island a bathing beaut of a show! (MEG finds MADAME GIRY waiting for her. late at night. but she’s got the boys apoplectical! Bathing beauty on the beach. with class and poise. (MADAME GIRY exits.) …for me? Continue to work hard. (Leaning closer. Even a word from him.__________________________________________________________________________ MEG & SHOWGIRLS (Under dialogue.) He has been composing again. (Anxiously.

it couldn’t possibly – Sorry.) CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG & CHRISTINE My dear old friend! Can’t believe you’re here old friend! After all this time! So glad you came! You look… Sumblime! You look the same! My sweet old friend. my dressing room.? Yes! Oh my God. I think you do! Have we ..) Patience.. looks up.Is it . never thought we’d meet. Miss.It can’t be! .. take a guess! Wait . old friend! CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG MEG & CHRISTINE __________________________________________________________________________ 28 .? Go on. (To the obvlivious MEG. Gustave! First I must find the stage manager. I can’t believe it’s you! Look at you. stares.. and you as well! I could hardly tell it’s you .? Yes. would you mind – (MEG stops short.? No. and beautiful! Meg. Christine! Regal as a Queen.) Excuse me..) GUSTAVE CHRISTINE MEG Heaven help me..! (They embrace. do I . the musical director – And then we’ll go look for our friend? And go see the island? I’m sure he’ll send for you when he’s ready.__________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE (Laughing.. could it be .

the price. I know. RAOUL MADAME GIRY RAOUL __________________________________________________________________________ 29 . Why. meet Gustave… (Ignoring the boy. toward MEG…) CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG RAOUL You! (…and right past her.) To… Sing? And of course as a treat for my son.) Who hired you to sing here? (RAOUL enters and walks. yes. by the by. the fee goes up.) It can’t be you! Is this a jest? How can this be? We’ve come to work.) I want to see. it´s absurd! Oh. (Snatching it from him. or else we go. a star! And you a wife! And isn’t life a splendid thing? And here we are .) The contract´s here. stunned.To see the sights? And sing.) My God. Inform your boss that. skims. (Opens.) MADAME GIRY RAOUL MADAME GIRY RAOUL MADAME GIRY RAOUL MADAME GIRY (Stunned. (Taken aback. Meg.__________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE MEG MEG & CHRISTINE Look at you. astonished at another figure who has just appeared. It’s rather high. At whose request? (Producing an enveloppe.

I’m afraid there must be some mistake. for heaven’s sake! What are you to sing? Just one little thing . your boss .) __________________________________________________________________________ 30 RAOUL MADAME GIRY CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE . old friend – MADAME GIRY RAOUL MADAME GIRY RAOUL He who pays the bill – Times two or three. Why? Mainly. You can’t be performing.And who is that? It´s him. ‘cause so am I. Be sure he will. but ´till you´re gone you´ll wait upon my boss´s whim.) MEG Sorry. I’m sure you will get your due… (Back to MADAME GIRY and RAOUL.) No… Please. Ah yes. here´s how things appear. And handsomely.An aria. dear. now that we are clear. old friend – MADAME GIRY That´s all very well. (Reeling. you needn’t fret.__________________________________________________________________________ RAOUL & MADAME GIRY My dear old friend. did I hear you right? Here to sing? Tomorrow night. RAOUL & MADAME GIRY And dear old friend.. I’m in fact the star. (The focus turns back to MEG and CHRISTINE.

I’ll deal with you later… (As they confer.) RAOUL Tell me now! That music! Who was it’s creator? Darling.) CHRISTINE RAOUL MEG MADAME GIRY (Sotto voce.) Why won’t they go? (All four catch each others’ eyes and immediately regain their social graces. (RAOUL is thunderstruck. MEG and MADAME GIRY have their own whispered colloquy.) Did you know? (Sotto voce. And my poor wife . Something’s going on here .We thought him dead! She’ll be appalled! Unless she knew.) How could I know? Why would they come? (Sotto voce. please… Don’t squeeze so tight.) MEG MEG/MADAME GIRY/CHRISTINE/RAOUL My dear old Friends! Dear old friends! Can’t believe you’re here. He storms over to CHRISTINE. Such good friends! old friends! MADAME GIRY MEG CHRISTINE Speaking as your host – As an artiste – What a surprise – __________________________________________________________________________ 31 . You work for him! Now so do you.__________________________________________________________________________ RAOUL MADAME GIRY RAOUL MADAME GIRY RAOUL Him! That’s what I said.) MADAME GIRY CHRISTINE Darling… Please… Are you all right? (RAOUL seizes her roughly.

everyone.Utterly sincere old friends! MEG (To CHRISTINE.) Honey. with everyone. isn’t this great! Won’t this be fun! With dear old friends . MEG/MADAME GIRY/CHRISTINE/RAOUL Yes. break a leg. Just rearranged. such devoted and old friends! Words could not suggest what’s in my heart . God it’s great! So much fun! __________________________________________________________________________ 32 .) Don’t play naieve! MEG/MADAME GIRY/CHRISTINE/RAOUL What dear old friends! Don’t we all revere old friend! RAOUL MEG Nothing has been changed.) Why are we here? (Sotto voce to RAOUL. so much more than mere old friends! Back again at last. why even start? You’re dear old friends. And never will. old friend! I can’t conceal. to such a dear old friend! MADAME GIRY CHRISTINE RAOUL MEG (Sotto voce to CHRISTINE. MADAME GIRY & CHRISTINE MEG/MADAME GIRY/CHRISTINE/RAOUL And yet we’re still such grand old friends.) Why would I leave? (Sotto voce to MEG. smiling.) You mustn’t stay! (Sotto voce to MADAME GIRY. with venom. Dear old friends! Such true friends! Back again. the way I feel so why pretend? I’m sure it’s clear. dear old friend. try though I may. that’s a happy tear.And for the rest.__________________________________________________________________________ RAOUL To say the least.

CHRISTINE Waits until they are gone.) STAGE MANAGER MEG Break’s over.) __________________________________________________________________________ 33 CHRISTINE . And 5. bathing beauty. she turns and exits.) Madame.? (Puzzled. 6. she calls out to her child…) CHRISTINE Gustave? (The boy has vanished.) Gustave. (RAOUL and MADAME GIRY exit. 7.) Must we always be chasing after the boy? I promise you.? RAOUL (Irritated. MEG/MADAME GIRY/CHRISTINE/RAOUL So glad you’re here our lovely dear old friend! Old friends! (As CHRISTINE and RAOUL turn to leave. We see her mind working. to MADAME GIRY.) No! (They all turn to look at her. (With too much charm.) I’ll look for him.__________________________________________________________________________ RAOUL MADAME GIRY CHRISTINE (Overly polite. followed by a gaggle of girls. The STAGE MANAGER enters and rushes past her.(Too quickly. to RAOUL.) Gustave.) Enjoy your stay. 8! (MEG doesn’t move. when I find him . good day.) (A bit more insistently. (Pointedly. Meg.. say hello! What a cutie! What a peach! Bathing beauty! Watch her go! (Finally.. Back to work. Only MEG is left. then wordlessly races off in the other direction.) Hope it extends.) SHOWGIRLS Bathing beauty on the beach.

__________________________________________________________________________

SCENE 6 – The Aerie.
(Behind a scrim we are aware of the TRIO of FLECK, SQUELCH and GANGLE, leading the boy GUSTAVE in a circular pattern as they appear to be climbing up, up, up through an impossibly high series of staircases until they arrive at the Aerie. The TRIO lead GUSTAVE high above.) GUSTAVE FLECK SQUELCH GANGLE TRIO FLECK GANGLE FLECK SQUELCH TRIO Who are you? Where are you taking me? I am Miss Fleck. The Mighty Squelch. Dr Gangle. At your service. And… His. Come along and follow us. Come and follow faster. Come along and follow us. Come and meet the master. Hurry up and follow us, hurry if you care to… Soon the dark will swallow us, follow if you dare to..! (They arrive now at the top of the Park, a place of mannequins and masks, where, in a corner THE PHANTOM is at work on a bizarre table, out of wich seems to grow half a human being with five arms. This is a magical construct of THE PHANTOM’s, designed to produce his music.) GUSTAVE GANGLE FLECK SQUELCH GUSTAVE (Looking around.) Is this where Mr Y lives? This where he works. Step lively, child. He is waiting. (Gazing about, enchanted.) What is this place?

__________________________________________________________________________ 34

__________________________________________________________________________

(THE PHANTOM ceases his working on one of the musical contraptions.) PHANTOM This is my realm, illusion’s domain, where music and beauty and artifice reign. Go, look around while I finnish my work. (GUSTAVE is drawn, as if by some mysterious yearning, to a piano nearby.) GUSTAVE May, I..? (GUSTAVE begins to play. A simple yet eerie tune.) PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM (Intrigued.) What’s this? Just a song in my head… Go on… (GUSTAVE begins to tune again.) GUSTAVE I think it’s beautiful. Beautiful, beautiful notes. Beautiful, beautiful sounds, don’t you agree? It’s beautiful! (Mesmerized.) This boy… So very beautiful! This music… Music that comes uncontrolled… He plays like me… Haunting and lovely and bold… He’s just ten years old… (THE PHANTOM listens, enraptured, as the boy’s melody becomes richer and more impassioned. And then, suddenly…) Ten years old! (Thunderstruck.) My God! (With mounting exitement.) My God!

PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM

__________________________________________________________________________ 35

__________________________________________________________________________

(Suddenly THE PHANTOM signals to the TRIO, and FLECK runs to a lever and pulls down a beautiful prototype of the half bird/half creature she performs in her act. She, herself, is transfixed by it’s beauty as is the boy. Pulling GUSTAVE off the piano bench, THE PHANTOM questions him.) Have you ever yearned to go past the world you think you know? Been in thrall to the call of the beauty underneath? Have you let it draw you in, past the place where dreams begin? Felt the full breatless pull of the beauty underneath? When the dark unfolds its wings, do you sense the strangest things? Things no-one would ever guess? Things mere words cannot express? GUSTAVE (Hypnotized.) Yes! (Now, THE PHANTOM signals to GANGLE, who reaches over the piano and pulls away a cloth, revealing a chandelier made almost entirely of beautiful heads. As if by magic, the heads sing an ehtereal accompaniment as the boy watches in wonder. THE PHANTOM signals now to SQUELCH, who brings from the background a magnificent figure of a warrior, and when the boy is close, the figure seems to come to life frighteningly, but the boy continues to be both brave and utterly enchanted by the fabulous creatures everywhere.) PHANTOM Do you find yourself beguiled by the dangerous and wild? Do you feed on the need for the beauty underneath? Have you felt your senses surge and surrendered to the urge? And been hooked as you looked at the beauty underneath? When you stare behind the night, can you glimpse it’s primal might, might you hunger to posess? Hunger that you can’t repress? __________________________________________________________________________ 36

don’t you feel amazing things? Things you know you can’t confess? Things you thirst for nonetheless? (The boy lies on the piano reaching up to the magical singing heads as THE PHANTOM stares at h im in disbelief.) Yes! It seems so beautiful! So strange yet beautiful! Everything’s just as you say! And he’s so beautiful… Perhaps to beautiful.__________________________________________________________________________ GUSTAVE (In ecstasy. need the beauty underneath! (Ecstatic.) GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE It’s all so beautiful! Can it be? Almost too beautiful! Do you see what I see? PHANTOM & GUSTAVE (And yet another wondrous sight…) GUSTAVE Heavenly! __________________________________________________________________________ 37 . What I suspect cannot be… And yet somehow we both see the very same way! (Now GUSTAVE takes the lead. the boy and THE PHANTOM look with amazement at each other and sing together.) PHANTOM & GUSTAVE When it lifts it’s voice and sings. pulling THE PHANTOM to him in excitement.) PHANTOM GUSTAVE Is there music in you head? Have you followed where it led? And been graced with a taste of the beauty underneath? Does it fill you every sense? Is it terribly intense? Tell me you need it too.

) PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM You’ll accept it! Yes! You’ll embrace it! GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE __________________________________________________________________________ 38 .My world is beautiful! How can this be what it seems? GUSTAVE PHANTOM & GUSTAVE All of my most secret dreams. somehow set free! PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM You can feel it… Yes… Come closer… Yes! You’ve no fear of the beauty underneath… Ah! You can face it. it’s beautiful . The beauty underneath! (THE PHANTOM spreads his arms to embrace the child... Yes.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM To him.! You see through to the beauty underneath! To the splendour! And the splendour! And the glory! Glory! To the truth of the beauty underneath. Yes.! you can take it.

and screams in terror.) CHRISTINE Gustave! It’s allright! It’s me! (horrified. THE PHANTOM pulls away the mask. THE PHANTOM turns quickly away. leads GUSTAVE away.) __________________________________________________________________________ 39 .__________________________________________________________________________ GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE Yes! Let me show you the beauty underneath.(GUSTAVE beholds THE PHANTOM’s face.) Please take him away. with the other two. The beauty underneath! To the splendour! Splendour! And the glory! And the glory! To the truth of the beauty underneath! The beauty underneath! You’ll accept it! Yes! You’ll embrace it! Yes! (As GUSTAVE comes face to face with him.) Gustave! (GUSTAVE pulls away. hiding his face. and we can see that he is petrified.) (To TRIO. and. Now THE PHANTOM and CHRISTINE are alone. The moment is shattered.) PHANTOM Let me show you the beauty under . He has put his mask back on. GUSTAVE turns and runs… …straight into the arms of CHRISTINE. (FLECK takes the boy by the hand.

) I want the truth. don’t make me… (Grabbing her.) CHRISTINE Once upon another time. CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM PHANTOM __________________________________________________________________________ 40 . But that’s not all you did… You left me with a son.? How could you think I wouldn’t know? (Panicked.__________________________________________________________________________ I’m so sorry.The secret my marriage forbid . He meant no harm. you’d have known! I kept the secret hid . (In anguish.What else could I have done? Just love… PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE (In wonder. intense. I wish.. forgive him.) Please.) A son… Just live… My son. you went off and left me alone.) How could you think I wouldn’t guess? What do you mean. and take what little I deserve… My own flesh and blood. brutal.. looks him full in the face.) Oh no. how I wish. Just like his mother.! (CHRISTINE pulls away. Please. if so. Ever since that other time.. PHANTOM (Stepping towards her.! Just give what I could give.! (Pressing her.) Do you have something to confess? (Backing away.) And even he recoils in horror from me.. right now.

such light! From out of darkness.__________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE Forgive me… I beg you… If you can. I must… Yet shall he be my saving grace… For Christine – My Christine – If it’s true I’ve no reason to live. lost in thought…) PHANTOM From out of ugliness. and vanishes upstage. in the shadows.) MADAME GIRY Ten long years. such a flame! In him my wrongness is amde right… And yet he loathes me. Suddenly. (She turns and is gone. out of the depths of the edges of the Aerie comes MADAME GIRY – twisted. Behind her. THE PHANTOM watches her vanish. just the same… So let him shun me in disgust! Let him flee this cursed face! If I must hide from him. and he casts us aside! Ten whole years. is MEG. he turns. Christine… Then our boy shall have all I can give ah. Christine! All I create on this earth. rejected. forsworn! All would be ours – If that bastard had never been born! __________________________________________________________________________ 41 . furious. now torn! All of the love that we gave him. all shall be his! (In triumph. then. this is how we’re repaid! Ten dark years of toil and tears and now what we worked for will go to that child! All our hopes were at last in our grasp! All the dreams and the plans that we laid! Everything is vanishing – And we get discarded. all that I’ll never be worth. Then. I’ve brought you nothing but woe. She has seen it all. reviled! All of the bonds in betwees us. Tomorrow night. I’ll sing with all my might… Sing for you again… Then we’ll go.

and with one gesture. she rips it in two.the small coat of GUSTAVE. she seizes the nearest thing at hand . MEG picks up half of the coat. She storms out. In the fading light. looks down the stairs where her mother han just disappeared. stares out at the audience. and in the fading light.) CURTAIN __________________________________________________________________________ 42 .__________________________________________________________________________ (In a rage..

(Pouring a drink.) Jeez. all right. He has evidently been there all night. ain’tcha.) Here’s the morning shift. why does she love me? RAOUL BARMAN __________________________________________________________________________ 43 . That’s the question. ever since the beginning… She looks for sympathy. I said! All right. still in his rumpled clothes from the night before. you’re in a bad way. I give her sorrow. what to do with me. ok? (RAOUL dumps a handful of change on the bar. Aww. the new bartender immediately turns his back on RAOUL. reflecting the empty room.) RAOUL Yes. isn’t it? That’s always been the question. A long grimy mirror runs along the back wall of the bar. One more. (Inside a desolate and decrepit bar at the end of the Coney Island Pier. She asks for honesty.__________________________________________________________________________ ACT TWO SCENE 1 – The bar. (A door behind the bar opens. (He grabs his coat and exits as another bartender enters. Maybe he’ll know what to do with you. several empty glasses in from of him.) My shift is over anyway. so let’s settle the bill. She needs my tender kiss. don’tcha think you had enough? It’s practically morning allready. RAOUL sits alone on a bar stool.) RAOUL BARMAN One more. buddy. I’ve none to borrow. Worse than most that end up here. she begs it of me! I give her ugliness.

She needn’t bother.) (Roughly.. don’t you think. what am I to do.) One more drink. oblivious. The rush that music brings. sir. please! Hurry up.) Didn’t you hear me? Another drink! (Without a word. sir? (Turns. things I can’t give her. also startled. reaches for the glass. whirls around to hide his face. there’s nothing of me. RAOUL.(MEG stops dead in her tracks. startled. Why does she love me? How ‘bout you. I try to clip her wings .) Mother said I’d find you here. THE PHANTOM. sir… That’s what I need. and soard above me.) MEG Morning. RAOUL. turns. It’s THE PHANTOM. reflected in the mirror. MEG enters in a bathing costume. And even when she sings. husband and father. despair. Her hair is wet. before I freeze! I’ll just take it black .__________________________________________________________________________ She yearns for higher things. and drinks. At least. Bernie! Coffee.Why does she love me? (Turns to the figure behind the bar. he pours a glass and shoves it in front of RAOUL. and for the first time we see his face. shame.? Leave the hirt behind… (Suddenly the door flies open. __________________________________________________________________________ 44 . Just horror.) Leave the hurt behind… (The bartender lifts his head. sir? Tell me. During the following exchangde he takes the opportunity to vanish. she thinks she does. I can’t deliver. Beneath this mask I wear.) She wants the man I was. and she is wrapped in a towel.

and cold. It’s hard to keep your conscience clean. with an attemps at dignity.) Me? I come here to swim.) I’m not afraid of him! I’ve bested him before! And if he ever had the courage to meet me face to face. A good place to step off the side of the pier and quietly vanish. It’s not a place for people like you and Christine. It’s where people end up when they don’t know where else to go. That’s why mother says you must leave here.) Miss Giry. And so I come at dawn each day.) And when the sun rises tomorrow. and mean. (Simple. This town is coarse. come to was hit all away… Sink into the sea. RAOUL MEG RAOUL Leave? But what about tonight? The concert? The money? Am I to just run away? From him? (Nodding. (Speaks. It’s too easy to forget who you are and where you belong. Sail across the sea… Put us out of mind… Close your eyes and flee… Let yourself stay blind… Leave this place behind. man to man . Take your wife and the boy and go.- __________________________________________________________________________ 45 . music continues under. and runs off. I imagine? Around here. Do you know where you are? Hell. Faceless in the crowd. (Drily. Now. let it set me free… Let the past unwind… Leave the hurt behind.__________________________________________________________________________ RAOUL MEG RAOUL MEG (Stands. they call it “Suicide Hall”. The hopeless… The desperate.) You should never have come to America. (MEG turns. Clean. blue and cool and kind.) You seem to be a regular. anything’s allowed. we can all start again.) MEG RAOUL Miss Giry! (Calling after her.

I won’t lose! You leave from here – Fine! Dissapear! PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM __________________________________________________________________________ 46 . you say? (Staggering a bit. deal me in. you’ve beaten me before. Devil take the hindmost? RAOUL Look at you.) No… It can’t be. Let her choose. PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM Not afraid of me. stinking drunk. you lose tonight. deep in debt. foul as sin… Hideaous! Horrible! Call the stakes.__________________________________________________________________________ (He turns to re-enter the bar… Only to find himself face-to-face with THE PHANTOM. pitiful.) Stay back! Or I’ll kill you. Vicomte. I promise you. If she sings. Devil take the hindmost! Our Christine. Shall we two make a bet. But that was a long time ago. And we were playing a different game. Of course. Is she yours or mine? Draw the line. Look at you. As you say. shall choose tonight.

Cut the deck. PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM & RAOUL (Shaking hands. I’ll win her back again. In the end. I won her long ago. I won her from you then. RAOUL (Simultaneous with above. It’s been changed. And when the game is done… Devil take the hindmost. PHANTOM Our old game. I wager even now.Fortunes on my side. I’ll bet against the house.Wiped away.) Devil take the hindmost. Very well… Let’s begin. rearranged. I’ll even double down . once again. PHANTOM & RAOUL Now Christine shall choose at last . You think you’re in control.__________________________________________________________________________ RAOUL Fine! And if she won’t . Well I will gadly roll. You and I. Every throw riskier. fate has redesigned most.) You think you have the odds. let us play.Devil takes the hindmost. either way . __________________________________________________________________________ 47 .Is she yours or mine? RAOUL We’ve a son .Our bond’s secure.If I win? All your debts . You think you’ve fixed the dice. all the rules.

half-spoken. try your best.) Devil take the hindmost.) Wh… Are you so sure? What do you mean? Such a child… Strange to see… Different… Musical… Is he more you or me? Which one do you find most? (Blanching. RAOUL PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM & RAOUL Devil take the hindmost! PHANTOM Deal the cards.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM Are you sure? (Faltering. wins it all. He who wins.) I call your bluff! The game is on! And we will see who wins out. once and for all wins it all. Choose your hand.) I call your bluff! The game is on! And we will see who wins out. once and for all wins it all… RAOUL PHANTOM & RAOUL (Whispered.) You lie! Deal the cards. He who wins. try your best. __________________________________________________________________________ 48 . let them fall. let them fall. wins it all… (Simultaneously with the above. (Simultaneous with above. Choose your hand.

Debts paid. (He pushes RAOUL away… And vanishes.) Devil take the hindmost… (RAOUL stares at the empty place where a man had just stood. a whispher…) (Menacing.) BEACHGOERS GROUP 2 It’s the last day of the season to indulge in simple joys! BEACHGOERS GROUP 1 BEACHGOERS GROUP 2 BEACHGOERS GROUP 1 Forget the fact’ry and the slum! To be rested and relaxed and fancy-free! One day more then back to work… BEACHGOERS GROUP 1 & 2 To flee from all the bother and the hassle and the noise – BEACHGOING MAN With your lady – BEACHGOING GIRL And your fella – BEACHGOING COUPLE And your kids and your umbrella – BEACHGOERS GROUP 1 & 2 On a little slice of heaven by the sea! (The beach is now packed. Then another. Look at me… And the concert is only hours away… (He stumbles off the pier towards the beach. and still they keep coming.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM She walks . you leave alone.) SCENE 2 – On the beach.) __________________________________________________________________________ 49 . From the empty air. as the first beachgoers of the day begin arriving on the sand. on a little slice of heaven by the sea! (Another Group of beachgoers appears. Pockets full.You leave together. Then. BEACHGOERS GROUP 1 It’s the last day of the season and there ain’t a single cloud! What a day to leave the city on a spree! Away from all the hustle and the bustle and the crowd. She sings. realizing the enormity of the bet he has just made…) RAOUL My God… What have I done..

ALL BEACHGOERS The miles of beach.And the steamers – GROUP 1 GROUP 2 GROUP 3 GROUP 1 GROUP 2 GROUP 3 GROUP 1 GROUP 2 GROUP 3 GROUP 1 GROUP 3 GROUP 1 GROUP 2 GROUP 3 __________________________________________________________________________ 50 . with room to spare.__________________________________________________________________________ BEACHGOERS GROUP 3 The surf! The sand! The breeze! The food! The peace and calm. And the pretzels – And the custard – And the girls – The franks – The mustard – And the taffy – And the lotion – And the pier – The beer – The ocean – And the oysters – And the pickles – And the knockwurst . the city falls away… BEACHGOERS GROUP 1 & 2 The sun! BEACHGOERS GROUP 3 The sun! BEACHGOERS GROUP 1 & 2 The skin! BEACHGOERS GROUP 3 The skin! BEACHGOERS GROUP 1 & 2 The salty air. the restful mood! Amid the sea and spray.

They address the astonished crowd. all the fluster and the fuss . the summer’s almost over . as a shadow descends. Starting soon upon our stage. there’s a commotion. Here tonight – Ringing in the season’s end – Mr Y’s last suprise.) GROUP 1 & 2 GROUP 1.! (Suddenly. good sir… And you. my friend! Everyone… Time for fun. the performance of the age! TRIO __________________________________________________________________________ 51 . and it’s only for us! What a joy to convalesce from the city’s wild excess.To this placid little beach far beyond the city’s reach. A hot-air balloon lands amidst the throngs on the beach. so relax and have a beer! Hurry up. and forget it all like thus! On this sheltered little slice of a seaside paradise .) Look! What’s that? It’s going to land! What is it? I’ve never seen such a thing in my life! (Inside the strange TRIO. The crowd parts.) SQUELCH GANGLE FLECK TRIO GANGLE SQUELCH GANGLE FLECK Ladies… Gents! You.. 2 & 3 CROWD (An excited hubbub.__________________________________________________________________________ ALL GROUP 1 It’s a little slice of heaven by the sea! What a treat to get away from the frantic urban fray.It’s the last day of the season. in their oddly formal costumes.

. and we are looking at the stage inside the theater at Phantasma..! GANGLE SQUELCH FLECK & SQUELCH Brought from Paree to perform just one day. The TRIO steps forward.! TRIO Come see the breathtaking Christine Daaé! (The beachgoers gather their things and hurry off the beach.) GANGLE FLECK SQUELCH GANGLE FLECK TRIO __________________________________________________________________________ 52 .. to the theater. A flourish… And MEG GIRY is revealed. Bathing-suited chorus girls run on and take their places. The perspective shifts. for those of you whose taste is a little more earthbound… The Sweetheart of the Midway… The ooh La La Girl… The imcomparable… Meg Giry! (A gally painted vaudeville olio flies down: a stylizes “vaudeville” version of the beach. A command performance by Christine Daaé. the most heavenly Diva of this or any age… But first..) SCENE 3 – Onstage at Phantasma.__________________________________________________________________________ SQUELCH Wonders and astonishments for your delectation! Marvelous automatons of his own creation! Plus a finale to sweep you away. SQUELCH Ladies and gentlemen… Mr Y is pleased to present to you his final surprise of the season.

with MEG at the center. she is whatcha call a real spectacle. shoulders and legs are exposed. Prim and proper. so that only MEG’s head.) Bathing beauty. so goodness me. I guess I brough ‘em all! But when at last I got to Coney Island and found myself a spot upon the sand.) GIRLS MEG GIRLS Ahhh! (MEG tosses away her blouse.__________________________________________________________________________ MEG I took a little trip to Coney Island. bathing beauty. take a look at you! (They drop the towels. to get away from all the city sprawl. revealing MEG in a bathing costume. but she’s got the boys apoplectical! __________________________________________________________________________ 53 . I couldn’t bear to choose which bating suit to use. They go into a dance.) MEG & GIRLS Bathing beauty. Girls? (The girls strategically hold up towels. with class and poise.) Ooooh! (MEG tosses away her skirt. on the beach. say hell! What a cutie! What a peach! Bathing beauty! Watch her go! Posing under her parasol. I noticed something strange – There was no place to change – Uh oh! And so I asked my friends to lend a hand.

) MEG & GIRLS Bathing beauty on the beach.) GIRLS Bathing beauty! Bathing beauty! (The towels go up. say… MEG __________________________________________________________________________ 54 . and gettin’ tan all over! Wearing a smile and giving Coney Island a bathing beaut of a show! Bathing beauty.__________________________________________________________________________ Bathing beauty on the beach.) Oops! (The girls pop out round parasols and open them. see her practic’ly glow! Takin’ the sun in ‘till all the boys are runnin’! Rollin’ in clover. on the beach! Stripes! (The towels drop. puzzled. what a peach! (The towels go up.) GIRLS Bathing beauty. see her practic’ly glow! Wearing a smile and giving Coney Island a bathing beaut of a show! (The towels go up. revealing MEG in a striped suit.) Checks? Checks? Checks? Checks? Checks? (With a big innocent smile.) MEG Spots! (The towels drop revealing MEG in a polka-dotted suit.) MEG GIRLS MEG Checks! (Going down the line.) GIRLS What a cutie.

. rather free . I’m the only one he’ll need .Mother. wrapped in a dressing gown. did he see? Meg. the new routine . Charming.It wen’t so well! I was worried.) Mother what’s wrong? MADAME GIRY Meg. (MADAME GIRY paces the floor.) GANGLE Ladies and Gentlemen. did you watch? Everything is solved! Mother. stop it . MEG Mother.But just listen to that crowd! Why. the Ooh La La Girl! In just a few moments. bubling with excitment.Screaming only for me! MADAME GIRY MEG Meg – And the Master must have heard every note and every word . bright .And yet still not enough… (Panicking. they’ve never been so loud .Even he will now concede. just a bit. sweet fool. tell me. can’t you tell. you did all that you could. will be making her American debut here at Phantasma… But first. awaiting MEG’s arrival. the world’s most celebrated songbird. that it might’ve been too much.(Suddenly noticing MADAME GIRY’s expression.__________________________________________________________________________ MEG “Hello!” (Applause as MEG waves at the audience and runs off. Miss Meg Giry. performing feats of miraculous mascular strength… The Mighty Squelch! SCENE 4 – Meg’s dressing room.) Wh-what do you mean – MADAME GIRY MEG MEG __________________________________________________________________________ 55 . Christine Daaé. well. Finally MEG sweeps in. just a touch.

She gives herself one last pat of powder. (MADAME GIRY exits. in with her all along! With Christine.) As for us… We have both been replaced.. it has all been erased… Don’t say that! Now he has them… (Sadly. getting ready for her performance. with an air of finality. MEG MADAME GIRY MEG MADAME GIRY MEG MADAME GIRY MEG MADAME GIRY MEG MADAME GIRY MEG (A howl of despair. their love… Too smitten to spare you one moment of thought.) Noooo! (MEG flings herself into the chair at her dressing table. that’s right.. all but the one whose entrancement we sought.! Dreaming of their son. could you hand me those earrings? The diamond ones on the left… (GUSTAVE obediently passes the earrings to her.) But you said – Al that you gave him.__________________________________________________________________________ MADAME GIRY How you danced! They’re all entranced! Yes.) __________________________________________________________________________ 56 . he wasn’t there . The finishing touch. it’s all been a waste. do you think that he was? Yes.? Where. fascinated by her dressing routine.) CHRISTINE Gustave. (Almost hysterically. (She too sits at her dressing table. weeping. and she puts them on. poor girl.) SCENE 5 – Christine’s dressing room. You’re wrong… All that you’ve done. GUSTAVE stands at her side.

You look just like that handsome boy in the opera box. the one who would always toss me a single red rose… (Kneeling down to face GUSTAVE.) I will.) You look so beautiful! So very beautiful! Like a Queen in a book… (Affectionately.) GUSTAVE Father! Doesn’t mother look lovely tonight? (RAOUL enters.__________________________________________________________________________ There! How do I look? GUSTAVE (In awe. my dear… When I’m finished. We’ve both been – CHRISTINE CHRISTINE RAOUL GUSTAVE CHRISTINE GUSTAVE RAOUL CHRISTINE RAOUL CHRISTINE __________________________________________________________________________ 57 . but gently..) I’m not proud of the way that I’ve acted.? May I go exploring? By myself? Yes. are beautiful! So very beautiful! Once this performance is throught. which opens. we’ll spend some time. just us two… Won’t that be fun? (A knock at the door.) You. meet me here.) Since our wedding day. if you don’t mind.) RAOUL Indeed she does. would you wait outside a while. dapper and handsome. too. things have gone… Astray.) And look at you Raoul. Raoul – (Over her objections.) Please. (Already out the door. As lovely as she looked the very first time I came to her dressing room door. (Clearly touched. Kindly..! (He exits. He seems to have undergone a transformation. Impeccably dressed. but stay backstage. Gustave. RAOUL’s visage bears no trace of his customary scowl.

it’s true .) Don’t sing the song. dear… (Taken aback. we’ll have just enough time. You’ll have him back. please… I need to. Instead. there’s one thing more I’d have you to do.) The demands I’ve made. and she freezes in suddes fear .! You have to know something’s terribly wrong. What? But. he is placing a jewelled necklace on her… The same jewelled necklace we saw on the throat of that automaton. You need so much. CHRISTINE gazes at the spot where he stood.) Do you mean it.) CHRISTINE RAOUL CHRISTINE RAOUL CHRISTINE RAOUL CHRISTINE RAOUL CHRISTINE RAOUL __________________________________________________________________________ 58 .And I’ve denied you.It’s what we agreed to.. That Hell-spawned demon he’s had us playing his game all along. (He withdraws. for both our sakes… And the child’s. Raoul? Truly? I’ve booked a passage for three to Cherbourg on the Atlantic Queen. All the hopes mislaid – I’m aware of the price they’ve exacted… Though I’ve no right to ask you to. dear. He places his hands on her throat.he could snap her neck in an instant.__________________________________________________________________________ RAOUL (Not letting himself be interrupted.. dear. closing the door behind him. if you love me as I love you… Anything. You need the man you knew back here beside you. It leaves in an hour. Suddenly THE PHANTOM materializes from the shadows behind her. I beg you… Let’s be on it. if you still love me… (Swayed.) But I have to do this . Let me just get through this . I vow! Just ask it of me! But we must leave here now. darling… (Collecting himself. despite herself.Listen... Raoul . Leave this place behind.

I will hear you sing once more! And music. it’s time to be who you should be. leaving her shaken. just like before. He knows you’re made of finer stuff I think on that.) STAGE MANAGER CHRISTINE Miss Daaé. oh God… RAOUL Christine. Christine. will swell and then unwind. don’t think that I don’t care. mere moments . Like two strands of melody at last entwined! Fulfil us! Complete us! Make us whole! Seal our bond forever more! Tonight. for me. embrace your destiny! Let me hear you sing once more! (He disappears into the shadows. and then in one sweet rush. it’s time to do now as you must and set the music in you free. drums will roll.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM He knows his love is not enough… He knows he isn’t what you need. It’s time to leave him in the dust. The crowd will hush. it’s time… Twisted every way. opens it. But every hope and every prayer rests on you now. There you’ll stand. we’re all agreed. what answer can I give? I know I can’t refuse and yet I wish I could. The STAGE MANAGER knocks on the door.! In moments. our music. PHANTOM __________________________________________________________________________ 59 ..

but she can feel the electric presence of the audience on the other side. stop the show . The curtain is drawn. As he walks. STAGE MANAGER STAGE HAND 2 __________________________________________________________________________ 60 . (In the wings.) RAOUL Will she stay? Will she go? Does she know even now? Please. We can feel her tension. watchting CHRISTINE intently. The orchestra is tuning up.) STAGE MANAGER STAGE HAND 1 Ready on the rail? Ready on the rail! (He wanders past RAOUL. watching the backstage action.Devil take the hindmost. he vocalizes wordlessly to himself. GUSTAVE appears. waiting in the opposite wing. but she is oblivious to them. CHRISTINE steps out onto the strage. ready to savour his triumph.__________________________________________________________________________ (As if in a trance. wandering carelessly. who waits in the wings. Ready on the floor? Ready on the floor! (GUSTAVE passes THE PHANTOM. Stage hands are busy around her. oblivious to the drama unfolding around him. Christine.) SCENE 6 – Backstage/Onstage at Phantasma.) RAOUL Will she sing? Will she flee? What is she thinking now? Is it him? Is it me? Devil take the hindmost.

perhaps her voice won’t serve and she will fail him now. weaves his way past MADAME GIRY. eternally. Devil take the hindmost! (Simultaneously. stop the show.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM (Simultaneously. stay and be mine eternally Devil take the hindmost.) Perhaps she won’t go on.) RAOUL Will she stay? Will she go? Does she know even now? Please Christine.) Obey your heart. And then my child and I. PHANTOM MADAME GIRY __________________________________________________________________________ 61 . the child. Devil take the hindmost! (Simultaneously. you. we’ll get what we deserve… Devil take the hindmost. who paces nervously. so make you choice! Do it for our son! PHANTOM RAOUL Use your head! No time to wait! PHANTOM&RAOUL Hesitate. and sing for me! You want it so. PHANTOM &RAOUL Now it’s time. and sing for me and sing for me. we’re all undone! STAGE MANAGER STAGE HAND 3 Ready in the pit? Ready in the pit! (GUSTAVE.) Obey your heart. me. perhaps she’ll lose her nerve.

perhaps her voice won’t serve and she will fail him now. PHANTOM & MADAME GIRY Now it’s time! No turning back! All is on the line! Here it is. eternally.) MADAME GIRY (In a low voice. the final dance! One last chance to get what’s mine! (GUSTAVE circles around backstage. (The orchestra quiets.) STAGE MANAGER And… Curtain. me. MADAME GIRY slides next to THE PHANTOM. __________________________________________________________________________ 62 . then is silent.) I hope Christine is worthy of you. (In the opposite wing. MEG. PHANTOM MADAME GIRY RAOUL. past RAOUL… Coming to a stop when a familiar face steps into the wings. stop the show.) Perhaps she won’t go on. Devil take the hindmost! (Simultaneously. and sing for me and sing for me. perhaps she’ll lose her nerve. And then my child and I. MEG smiles and puts an arm around the boy. the child. I hope her singing makes up for what your blindness has done to Meg and me. you. Devil take the hindmost! (Simultaneously. past THE PHANTOM.) Obey your heart. past MADAME GIRY.) MEG …Devil take the hindmost. we’ll get what we deserve… Devil take the hindmost.__________________________________________________________________________ RAOUL Will she stay? Will she go? Does she know even now? Please Christine.

It slips into your thoughts. love is yours. Once it has spoken. then seizes full control.__________________________________________________________________________ (The curtain opens. It uses you at whim and drives you to despair. she steps forward… And sings the song THE PHANTOM has written for her. that love takes on a life much bigger than your own. love endures. Try to deny it. Silence.) CHRISTINE Who knows when live begins? Who knows what makes it start? One day it’s simply there. love will still remain. Love never dies. Hearts may get broken. and love brings you pain! And yet. Love never falters. but love won’t let you go once you’ve been possessed. Then decisively. The orchestra plays CHRISTINE’s cue… And she falters. love is yours. alive inside your heart. __________________________________________________________________________ 63 . surrender flesh and bone. torn. and CHRISTINE steps out and faces the audience. And forces you to feel more joy than you can bear. it infiltrates your soul. Love gives you pleasure. Love never fades. Once it has spoken. Love never alters. And soon as you submit. when both are gone. and try to protest. it takes you by surprise.

Christine! My Christine! What a triumph you gave me tonight! My Christine! All the dark.. love lives on. the rain of garlands. Love never alters. wanting to reach out to him. With great difficulty. and I felt beautiful! CHRISTINE __________________________________________________________________________ 64 .) SCENE 7 – Christine’s dressing room. she gathers herself and continues. love lives on… Life may be fleeting.) Love never dies! Love will continue! Love keeps on beathing When you’re gone! Love never dies once it is in you! Life may be fleeting. silent years now set right! Ah. Heart may get broken. (Then finding courage in the decision she has made. the shouts and whoops. (Alone on stage. It soundes beautiful! Every note. CHRISTINE accepts the tumultuous applause. drained.an audience that has no idea of what has just transpired. and it felt beautiful.) Love never dies. every word. CHRISTINE sees him leave. waiting for her. Christine! The song was beautiful. Love endures… Hearts may get broken.__________________________________________________________________________ (With great dignity. she gathers her all and sings with every fiber of her body. She turns back to the audience . and breaks off. unable to do so. (CHRISTINE rushes into her dressing room. RAOUL turns and exits. THE PHANTOM is there.) PHANTOM Ah.

and RAOUL vanishes. at the opera. feeling it rise up and soar. She opens the letter and reads.” (She breaks off.) Romantic idiots… “Those two people are gone. CHRISTINE remains lost in thought.) RAOUL & CHRISTINE “Now I must go. The opera is done. joining in) “Long ago. I beg you. alive once again! (On the dressing table.” (Speaking over the above.) CHRISTINE “Raoul. the last notes have been played. she sees a single red rose… And an letter. what fools we once were…” CHRISTINE RAOUL RAOUL & CHRISTINE (Christine. and sings the words she is reading…) RAOUL “Little Lotte.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM & CHRISTINE Lost in the music once more. ah.” RAOUL “May your Angel of Music watch over you now and give you what I wish I gave you somehow… Yours in regret…” (RAOUL turns and begins to exit. Then. In our youth…” CHRISTINE “…in Paris. (RAOUL appears upstage.” (CHRISTINE continues reading the letter. forgive me…” Raoul. no! “Little Lotte.) CHRISTINE My dearest wife.) What is it? RAOUL CHRISTINE __________________________________________________________________________ 65 . our choices are made. with a start…) Gustave… PHANTOM (Tensing. in a pool of light.

I’ll kill that drunken fool! That he’d dare take this child .) Sir. she was here! With her vicious little sneer. quickly.) Are you quite certain he left here alone? (Nodding. and that comment she made . (THE PHANTOM seizes SQUELCH by the shirtfront.? (Assertive.) Gustave… What’s wrong? (In panic..She’ll get hers now.) SQUELCH PHANTOM SQUELCH PHANTOM (Through clenched teeth.A child that isn’t his! Mr Squelch! (SQUELCH appears instantaneously.The ungrateful.) Seal the port! Blockade each road! Call in every favour that I’m owed! I’ll be damned if he leaves this isle! The Vicomte de Chagny left here in a carriage. bring her round! Bring the boy back safe and sound .) SQUELCH PHANTOM Sir.) It’s that idiot Raoul! Why.Then I’ll tear her limb from limb! __________________________________________________________________________ 66 .) Gustave! (Tensing. and pulls him withing an inch of his face. sir.) What’s wrong? He should be here! He was meant to be here! (Intense.__________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM (Suddenly anxious. back-biting snake! She’s been greedy. yes indeed . guaranteed! Go now. was there anyone else here backstage? Yes… Yes! Madame Giry. there was no-one with him. Saw him with my own eyes.

I’ve been mother to you and Christine. (Looks up.) Oh my God… Then I saw her down the hall. pulling someone pale and small. woman! What have you done with him? The boy? You think I took the boy? Why would I do such a thing.) Gustave! Gustave! Gustave… (Then he slumps.? (Blanching..) What is the meaning of this? How dare your minions manhandle me in this fashion? I demand an answer! (Seizing her roughly.? I just passed Meg’s dressing room… It was empty as a tomb… But her mirror was smashed.. how can you think I’d hurt that child? My patience is running dry… All these years. all in pieces on the floor. and then scurried out the door. who has been faithful more than I? No-one! (Warningly.) Do you think I don’t know how it hurts to see one’s own child brought to harm? (In a frenzy. and she looked all about.) Meg. howling.) Sir.) Do you think I don’t know who he is? All these years.) MADAME GIRY (Outraged. (Scathing.__________________________________________________________________________ (GANGLE appears in the doorway.) Giry… All these years.) (FLECK materializes fromt he shadows.) The boy. hopeless. as much as my daughter… Enough! (Pointedly. pushing MADAME GIRY in front of him. PHANTOM MADAME GIRY PHANTOM MADAME GIRY PHANTOM MADAME GIRY PHANTOM MADAME GIRY PHANTOM PHANTOM MADAME GIRY FLECK __________________________________________________________________________ 67 .) FLECK (Quietly.

But we must hurry! In that crowd? There are millions of people out there.! Gustave! (The theatre dissolves into the madhouse that is Coney Island at night…) SCENE 8 – The streets of Coney Island.) There’s no time to waste. to The Phantom.! (Suddenly. stop! (A small figure is seen being pulled along.) I know where they’ve gone..__________________________________________________________________________ MADAME GIRY God.! Gystave. who knows just what she thought? (Half spoken.. THE PHANTOM forces his way through the crowd. my poor Gustave. MADAME GIRY and the rest whirl about as if in a fog...) I’m afraid she’s come undone. I left her so distraught! (Panicking. this way! (Another small figure is seen.) Gustave.) Please.. lost in the crush of humanity. CHRISTINE. a vast hallucinatory circus. is that .? __________________________________________________________________________ 68 .? (THE PHANTOM has gone very still. THE PHANTOM. decisive. laughing dwarf…) CHRISTINE MADAME GIRY PHANTOM That’s not him… Meg! I think I see them. But she won’t hurt him… Meg would never hurt him… How could she hurt him. hand in hand with a Young woman… Surely this must bet hem!) CHRISTINE (Seizing the child.) PHANTOM MADAME GIRY CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE (Suddenly. puts a hand on the figure’s shoulder… But when the figure turns. (Mobs of people everywhere. it is a leering. decisively.) CHRISTINE PHANTOM Gustave! Gustave! You there.

) GUSTAVE MEG I can’t swim… Don’t worry. the world is mean. it’s almost over… Sink into the deep… Blue and cool and kind… Then drift off to sleep… Let the past unwind .) GUSTAVE Please.Leave the hurt behind… (Suddely…) CHRISTINE Gustave! (THE PHANTOM.) SCENE 9 – The pier. (Dissolve to the desolate pier.__________________________________________________________________________ (But when CHRISTINE grabs the figure and turns it around. GUSTAVE looks up. At the sound of his mother’s voice.) The world is hard. but she holds him in a vise-like grip.) I’m so sorry… MADAME GIRY PHANTOM Meg.) __________________________________________________________________________ 69 MEG GUSTAVE MEG . it’s OK! To the pier now. it’s hard to keep your conscience clean… Please… You’re hurting me. CHRISTINE. Dark water churns below. MEG enters. it’s only a girl and her mother…) (Crushed. the sea is gray. hurry! (The impressionistic barrage of sounds and faces intensifies… Then suddenly in a great rush… Silence. He squirms. (Ignoring him. pulling GUSTAVE along.) The sea is calm. Miss Giry… I want to go back… I want my mother… (In a cracked and broken voice. please. it washes everything away… (She has brought him to the very edge of the pier. and MADAME GIRY have arrived.

) PHANTOM MEG (Through clenched teeth. In their beds .? No. gun pointed.Well watch me now! (Plaintive. now look at me and see what I’ve become. In the dark. I did as mother said..__________________________________________________________________________ GUSTAVE MEG Mother.) MEG (Wildly.) Bathing beauty.) Let go of him.) I took a little trip to Coney Island.) Meg.(Wheeling on him. girl.) Not another word! (THE PHANTOM takes a step back. (With self-loathing. Then: MEG pulls out the gun and points it at THE PHANTOM. on the beach… Bathing beauty. and followed where you led and tried to do what little I could do. and he strides purposefully toward MEG.- MADAME GIRY (In horror.They make you pay for every little crumb. now! (He moves closer and closer.) PHANTOM Let go of the boy. my little Meg – __________________________________________________________________________ 70 . or I promise you . in her dressing room… Bathing beauty.) Not another step! (THE PHANTOM stops. The child wriggles free and runs to CHRISTINE. because of you. I gave what they would take. I gave it for your sake. I took a little trip. I’m not done yet… (THE PHANTOM waves the others back.) Always wondered how To make you watch . Well here’s the way it works on Coney Island . on their laps.

) Yes… (Inching closer to her. you feel used you feel broken. with rising intensity. I still know there is beauty underneath… MEG PHANTOM MEG PHANTOM __________________________________________________________________________ 71 . Meg… Give me the blame for not seeing the things that you’ve done. I can see all the beauty underneath… (Wavering. and this is what you gave her! (Gestures with the gun.) Give me the gun. not her! And who kept singing. been ignored and pushed aside . and then you can go… (She lowers her gaze. you feel bruised. bought you time when the bills came due? Who swayed the local bosses? Curried favor with the press? (Pointing gun at MADAME GIRY.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM MEG What are you saying? Who helped you raise the money? Who helped the permits come through? Who greased the wheels of your high-flying deals.) PHANTOM (Softly.) No. desp’rate for your favor? Who kept dancing. Meg… Give me the gun. and puts the gun to her own head. hoping you would save her? Who kept dying. but me. except THE PHANTOM. Meg… Give me the hurt and the pain and the gun. All flinch.) See me clear at last… You feel ugly.) You’ve been robbed of love and pride.) Now that I’ve got your attention at last… Here’s the big finnish.Even so. ah. Meg… Give me the cahnce to see you clear at last… (Wanting to believe.

Then CHRISTINE begins to fall..) PHANTOM GUSTAVE Where’s papa? He should be here! Where’s papa? Your father – Your real father – (GUSTAVE looks up at THE PHANTOM.It goes off. who is cradled by her son.! (Moving still closer.) Christine! Christine! Always Christine! (She points at CHRISTINE with the gun.) CHRISTINE __________________________________________________________________________ 72 . eyes wide.) Diamonds never sparkle bright If they aren’t set just right… Beauty sometimes goes unseen… We can’t all be like Christine .) Yes.(Suddenly angry. runs off.__________________________________________________________________________ MEG PHANTOM (Mesmerized. THE PHANTOM kneels next to CHRISTINE. GUSTAVE instinctively recoils..) MEG MEG No.. say anything! Giry! Go get help! Go! (MADAME GIRY jars herself into mothon. with a shockingly loud crack. in shock. And suddenly .! I didn’t mean to. going slack. THE PHANTOM reaches out to console him. Tentatively.) GUSTAVE Mother dear. say something. Everyone freezes..! (MADAME GIRY stands frozen.

Not at the start… (She falters. GUSTAVE picks up the melody. and somehow our story is done… And what about the boy… What am I to do? CHRISTINE Just love… Just live… And give what you can give… And take the love that you deserve… PHANTOM & CHRISTINE Just love… Just live… CHRISTINE And give – (She breaks off. our story had only begun… I had a taste of joy… The most I ever knew… Now there isn’t any time. The heart never lies. and trust what it shows. look with your heart. and THE PHANTOM takes her from him. Love’s not always beautiful. Believe what it feels. The heart understands. unable to continue.) GUSTAVE CHRISTINE GUSTAVE CHRISTINE So open your arms… And close your eyes tight… Look with your heart… And when you find love… (She breaks off… And swoons. She is fading quickly.) GUSTAVE No! (GUSTAVE sobs.) __________________________________________________________________________ 73 . And not with your eyes. The heart always knows.) PHANTOM Once upon another time.__________________________________________________________________________ Look with your heart.

They kiss.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM I’ll give all that I have… And take what little I deserve. Father and son look into one another’s eyes…) CURTAIN CHRISTINE __________________________________________________________________________ 74 . THE PHANTOM lays her body gently in the sand. the boy removes the mask and gazes unflinchingly at THE PHANTOM’s ruined face. Then. He places one hand on THE PHANTOM’s mask. I beg you… Closer still… Remember… Love never dies… Kiss me one last time… (The music swells. Come closer. GUSTAVE reaches out. They stare at each other for a long moment. And then… THE PHANTOM pulls away from CHRISTINE’s lifeless lips. who looks back at him. He looks across her lifeless form at GUSTAVE. THE PHANTOM stays still… And in a gesture of tender acceptance.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful