for a little Halloween fun that won’t result in a sugar-fueled
frenzy and a trip to the dentist, might want to drop by the Plymouth
Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights on Friday for a special
screening of the 1925 horror classic, "The Phantom of the
Thrill-seekers of all ages are invited to wear costumes to the
screening, which is part of Music on the Heights’s "Halloween
Spectacular" program. (Prizes will be awarded at the end
of the evening.)
The event begins at 7:30 pm with a presentation of Saint-Saëns’s
haunting "Danse Macabre," performed on the organ by
Music on the Heights Artistic Director Bruce Oelschlager and
interpreted by dance students from the Brooklyn Music School.
Based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel and set in 1880s France,
Rupert Julian’s still-chilling, black-and-white film version
of "The Phantom of the Opera" stars screen icon Lon
Chaney as a tormented, disfigured composer who terrorizes the
Paris Opera House in hopes of promoting the career of the beautiful
young singer with whom he is obsessed. This silent film will
be shown in the church’s historic sanctuary to live musical accompaniment
by renowned organist and composer, Bernie Anderson, Jr.
Leroux’s novel has inspired several other film adaptations -
none considered quite as good as the original - as well as an
Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that is now the longest-running Broadway
show in history.
Music on the Heights presents its "Halloween Spectacular"
with "The Phantom of the Opera" on Oct. 27 at 7:30
pm. The performance takes place in the Plymouth Church of the
Pilgrims sanctuary (on Orange Street between Hicks and Henry
streets in Brooklyn Heights). Tickets are $10 each, and will
be available at the door 30-minutes before showtime. For more
information, call (718) 403-9546 or visit the Web site, www.plymouthchurch.org.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010