2011 marks the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running musical on Broadway. It's the story of Erik, one of pop culture's most iconic fanboys, and his unrequited love for a beautiful opera singer.
Yup. The Phantom is actually an insane fanboy. I'll prove it.
Quick recap first. The Phantom of the Opera is based on a book of the same name written by Gaston Leroux and is widely considered one of the most romantic musicals in recent history. The anti-hero, Erik (aka the Phantom, the Angel of Music, the Opera Ghost, et al.) is a brilliant but disfigured man living in a lair beneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with a dancer, Christine, and mentors her under the guise of the mysterious Angel in order to get closer to her. Erik intimidates the staff in to giving Christine the company's lead spot and, later, performing his operatic masterpiece.
OK, now that you're up to speed, we'll proceed.
Why yes, I did make this costume myself!
1. Erik's waaaay into cosplay. That's the Phantom dressed up as Edgar Alan Poe's Red Death, but usually you'll just find him running around in a mask.
Wedding Day Christine is life-sized with fully articulated joints!
2. The Opera Ghost has a Christine "action figure" in his bedroom.
You expect me to sing this... in front of people?
3. He spent years writing his masterpiece/batshit fanfiction.
Do you think if I started a write-in campaign, they'd listen to me?
Or I could always kill that jerk stagehand Buquet to get their attention.
4. Erik pens countless nerdrage notes to the opera managers detailing how they ought to run the shows and whom to cast.
No, Christine. I don't live with my parents. Geez.
5. Erik's lair? It's actually a basement.
So there you have it. One of the most passionate love affairs in history is actually the story of a crazy fanboy.