Jim asked in Arts & HumanitiesPerforming Arts · 2 months ago

Why Was the Broadway Phantom of the Opera Half a Mask?

I heard that it was due to the actor's microphone and for sounding that made it impossible for the mask to cover his entire face.  Was that the reason?

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  • 2 months ago
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    There were rumors years ago that Michael Crawford came up with the idea because he felt he could not be expressive in his stage acting with both eyes covered, but from what I understand the change was actually made for technical reasons before his debut.

    The original costume called for a full mask as featured on the promotional posters, but performers in early dress "walk throughs" apparently  complained that the masks limited their vision and also affected their singing by putting too much pressure on their sinuses and nasal passages.

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