Long before Michael Crawford, Ramin Karimloo or Gerard Butler adopted the role, Lon Chaney was the Phantom of the Opera. You've probably seen the famous clip of him at the piano in Carl Laemmle's silent film as Mary Philbin (playing opera soprano Christine Daae) creeps up from behind and steals his mask, revealing his horrific face for the first time. That face, which Chaney designed himself, may not look very scary to modern audiences, but in 1925 it was so traumatic that theatergoers reportedly screamed and fainted in the aisles. This Halloween, the Walt Disney Concert Hall screens Laemmle's The Phantom of the Opera for its annual Halloween Haunt. As in past years, renowned musician Clark Wilson will provide spooky scoring on the Phil's massive, 6,000-pipe organ. Before the 8 p.m. show, there will be a preperformance talk with Classical KUSC personality Alan Chapman. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.; $29-$58. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com.
Thu., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., 2013
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