(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



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…)

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The boardwalk. and more festive. Coney Island.) 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. but Mr Y has got it all! Crystal fountains! Grand pavillions! Hell. 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. gazing around in amazement.) ONLOOKER 1 Over here! __________________________________________________________________________ 4 . (The grounds of an ornate amusement park. circa 1907. ALL BYSTANDERS It’s a little slice of Heaven by the sea! (More onlookers enter. thronged with delighted holiday makers.) ONLOOKER 1 ONLOOKER 2 ONLOOKER 3 BYSTANDER 1 ONLOOKER 4 BYSTANDER 2 ONLOOKERS 1 & 2 Look. 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.__________________________________________________________________________ SCENE 1 – Outside Phantasma.

) 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.__________________________________________________________________________ CROWD (ALL) The sights! The sounds! The lights! The smells! The wonder wheels! The carousels! The gardens and arcades.) The rush! The whirl! (Echoing.) The shows! The games of chance! The rush! (Echoing.) 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 marble colonnades! The rides! (Echoing.) The rides! The shows! (Echoing.

Nervous? Just a bit. chattering and pointing.) 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.) The boss? MEG SHOWGIRL 1 __________________________________________________________________________ 6 .) Got a match? (To herself. (To SHOWGIRL 1. peeking through a hole and surveying the crowd. what a crowd.) Wonder what he’ll think… (to SHOWGIRL 2. MEG and two other chorines. and we see. then building to the full group.__________________________________________________________________________ OBSERVERS FULL CROWD What’s behind it? What’s behind it? (The crowd erupts in a burst of exitement. behind the vast posters. fanning out through the park.) MEG SHOWGIRL 1 MEG SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 Jesus. look who you are! The headline act! A major star! You’re already a hit. Kid.) 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.

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

at last he’ll know… (Another SHOWGIRL peeks out of the stage door.) And perhaps.! And I’ll rapturously float through the melody he wrote. Looking lovely! Burning bright! All vitality and vim! (Losing herself in the vision. up the audience will rise.) 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.) 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 . GANGLE. the Gates to PHANTASMA swing open and the girls come out. and the strongman SQUELCH. singing only for him. And before the music dies. as an aerialist. the barker. now in the company of the speciality acts – MS FLECK. nearly bursting at the brim! And you’ll stand there in the glow… (Wishful..__________________________________________________________________________ SHOWGIRLS SHOWGIRL 1 SHOWGIRL 2 SHOWGIRLS MEG You’ll step out into the light.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

come play with me.) RAOUL What a snub.) Must you make that racket? __________________________________________________________________________ 19 GUSTAVE GUSTAVE RAOUL . preocupied with his find. GUSTAVE runs to the piano and snatches an object frrom it.) (Through gritted teeth. CHRISTINE idly plays a few notes from the sheet Music on the piano. please. (RAOUL. some chairs and tables. He sits with his back to us.__________________________________________________________________________ SCENE 4 – The hotel. RAOUL immediately goes to the tabel and pours himself a brandy. How do they dare to treat us so! Father dear. A hotel suite. slams down his glass. CHRISTINE and GUSTAVE settle into a spacious hotel suite. at most. Evening. As the family enters. 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. and a piano upon which rests some sheet music. come and see this toy I’ve got – (RAOUL takes a slug of brandym. a chaise. There is a huge window with ornate drapes.) 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. lower-class scum here. come play with me – Please tell the boy the answer’s no! (In the moment of silence that follows. never you mind the debts we owe – Who would believe we’ve sunk this low? Father. common.

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

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

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

CHRISTINE And. beneath the moonless sky. We said things in the dark we never dared to say. with nothing to suppress. Cloaked under the night. as soul gazed into soul.__________________________________________________________________________ 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. no more and yet… No less. I looked into your heart. a womand and a man. our feelings bared. blind in the dark. and saw you pure and whole. PHANTOM CHRISTINE PHANTOM CHRISTINE And I caught you – And I kissed you – And I took you – And caressed you – __________________________________________________________________________ 23 .

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

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

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

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

) Excuse me. Gustave! First I must find the stage manager.) Patience. do I ..... it couldn’t possibly – Sorry. Miss.__________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE (Laughing.It can’t be! .? Yes. and you as well! I could hardly tell it’s you . stares. (To the obvlivious MEG.. I think you do! Have we .. would you mind – (MEG stops short.! (They embrace. my dressing room.? Yes! Oh my God. old friend! CHRISTINE MEG CHRISTINE MEG MEG & CHRISTINE __________________________________________________________________________ 28 .) GUSTAVE CHRISTINE MEG Heaven help me. 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. I can’t believe it’s you! Look at you.) 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. never thought we’d meet.? No. take a guess! Wait . and beautiful! Meg.. Christine! Regal as a Queen.Is it .? Go on. looks up. could it be .

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

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

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

And for the rest. old friend! I can’t conceal.__________________________________________________________________________ RAOUL To say the least. why even start? You’re dear old friends.) You mustn’t stay! (Sotto voce to MADAME GIRY. And never will.) 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. everyone. smiling.Utterly sincere old friends! MEG (To CHRISTINE. such devoted and old friends! Words could not suggest what’s in my heart . so much more than mere old friends! Back again at last.) Honey. MEG/MADAME GIRY/CHRISTINE/RAOUL Yes. God it’s great! So much fun! __________________________________________________________________________ 32 . Dear old friends! Such true friends! Back again. with everyone. with venom. that’s a happy tear. Just rearranged. isn’t this great! Won’t this be fun! With dear old friends . try though I may. MADAME GIRY & CHRISTINE MEG/MADAME GIRY/CHRISTINE/RAOUL And yet we’re still such grand old friends. the way I feel so why pretend? I’m sure it’s clear. to such a dear old friend! MADAME GIRY CHRISTINE RAOUL MEG (Sotto voce to CHRISTINE.) Why are we here? (Sotto voce to RAOUL. dear old friend. break a leg.) Why would I leave? (Sotto voce to MEG.

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


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?

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(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!


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(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

) 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 .) Yes! It seems so beautiful! So strange yet beautiful! Everything’s just as you say! And he’s so beautiful… Perhaps to beautiful.) PHANTOM & GUSTAVE When it lifts it’s voice and sings. pulling THE PHANTOM to him in excitement. the boy and THE PHANTOM look with amazement at each other and sing together.__________________________________________________________________________ GUSTAVE (In ecstasy. 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. What I suspect cannot be… And yet somehow we both see the very same way! (Now GUSTAVE takes the lead. need the beauty underneath! (Ecstatic.) 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.

it’s beautiful . 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.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM To him. Yes.. The beauty underneath! (THE PHANTOM spreads his arms to embrace the child.) PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM You’ll accept it! Yes! You’ll embrace it! GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE PHANTOM GUSTAVE __________________________________________________________________________ 38 .! you can take it.! 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..My world is beautiful! How can this be what it seems? GUSTAVE PHANTOM & GUSTAVE All of my most secret dreams.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

once and for all wins it all… RAOUL PHANTOM & RAOUL (Whispered. __________________________________________________________________________ 48 . Choose your hand. try your best. He who wins.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM Are you sure? (Faltering.) I call your bluff! The game is on! And we will see who wins out.) 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. (Simultaneous with above. once and for all wins it all. let them fall.) I call your bluff! The game is on! And we will see who wins out. RAOUL PHANTOM RAOUL PHANTOM & RAOUL Devil take the hindmost! PHANTOM Deal the cards. wins it all. let them fall. half-spoken. He who wins.) You lie! Deal the cards. wins it all… (Simultaneously with the above. Choose your hand.) Devil take the hindmost. try your best.

on a little slice of heaven by the sea! (Another Group of beachgoers appears. From the empty air. you leave alone. She sings. Debts paid. Then. realizing the enormity of the bet he has just made…) RAOUL My God… What have I done. Then another. Look at me… And the concert is only hours away… (He stumbles off the pier towards the beach.) __________________________________________________________________________ 49 . Pockets full. 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.) SCENE 2 – On the beach. as the first beachgoers of the day begin arriving on the sand. a whispher…) (Menacing. and still they keep coming.) 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.) Devil take the hindmost… (RAOUL stares at the empty place where a man had just stood.You leave together. (He pushes RAOUL away… And vanishes.__________________________________________________________________________ PHANTOM She walks ..

the restful mood! Amid the sea and spray.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 . 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. ALL BEACHGOERS The miles of beach. 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 .__________________________________________________________________________ BEACHGOERS GROUP 3 The surf! The sand! The breeze! The food! The peace and calm. with room to spare.

good sir… And you.) SQUELCH GANGLE FLECK TRIO GANGLE SQUELCH GANGLE FLECK Ladies… Gents! You. in their oddly formal costumes. and it’s only for us! What a joy to convalesce from the city’s wild excess. the summer’s almost over .It’s the last day of the season. The crowd parts. A hot-air balloon lands amidst the throngs on the beach. all the fluster and the fuss . as a shadow descends. Starting soon upon our stage.! (Suddenly. They address the astonished crowd. and forget it all like thus! On this sheltered little slice of a seaside paradise .__________________________________________________________________________ ALL GROUP 1 It’s a little slice of heaven by the sea! What a treat to get away from the frantic urban fray.To this placid little beach far beyond the city’s reach.) 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.) GROUP 1 & 2 GROUP 1.. my friend! Everyone… Time for fun. so relax and have a beer! Hurry up. 2 & 3 CROWD (An excited hubbub. there’s a commotion. the performance of the age! TRIO __________________________________________________________________________ 51 . Here tonight – Ringing in the season’s end – Mr Y’s last suprise.

A flourish… And MEG GIRY is revealed. 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.) GANGLE FLECK SQUELCH GANGLE FLECK TRIO __________________________________________________________________________ 52 . The TRIO steps forward. SQUELCH Ladies and gentlemen… Mr Y is pleased to present to you his final surprise of the season.! GANGLE SQUELCH FLECK & SQUELCH Brought from Paree to perform just one day.. Bathing-suited chorus girls run on and take their places. The perspective shifts. the most heavenly Diva of this or any age… But first.! TRIO Come see the breathtaking Christine Daaé! (The beachgoers gather their things and hurry off the beach.. to the theater.. and we are looking at the stage inside the theater at Phantasma.. A command performance by Christine Daaé.) 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

) PHANTOM Once upon another time. and trust what it shows. The heart never lies. look with your heart. 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. and THE PHANTOM takes her from him. our story had only begun… I had a taste of joy… The most I ever knew… Now there isn’t any time. unable to continue. And not with your eyes. Believe what it feels.) 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. Not at the start… (She falters. Love’s not always beautiful.__________________________________________________________________________ Look with your heart. GUSTAVE picks up the melody.) __________________________________________________________________________ 73 . The heart always knows.) GUSTAVE No! (GUSTAVE sobs. The heart understands. She is fading quickly.

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

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