Theater Fans, Say Goodbye to ‘Phantom of the Opera’…Sort Of

Theater Fans, Say Goodbye to ‘Phantom of the Opera’…Sort Of

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For the uninitiated, Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. It’s based on a 1910 novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux. The musical opened in 1986 in London’s West End. It had been running for 34 years, until March 2020 when the theater had to close because of the coronavirus. And yet, as theater fans—not just in the U.K. but around the world—waited with bated breath for the reopening of society and the theater, Cameron Mackintosh, the producer of the musical, announced that …

Bookspot of the Week: Gay’s the Word!

Bookspot of the Week: Gay’s the Word!

An LGBTQ+ meeting place entirely centered around books? We love to see it! This week, we’re chatting with bookseller Erica Gillingham from the ever-so-magical Gay’s the Word bookshop in Bloomsbury, London. Spoiler alert: you will want to book a flight immediately after reading this. How did your bookstore transition from concept to reality? The bookshop was opened in January 1979 by a group of gay socialists led by Ernest Hole. Ernest had been inspired by the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop in NYC, which he had visited just after the Stonewall Riots. image via gay’s the word What do you feel …