RAOUL AS OLD




"Will you still play when all the rest of us are dead....."


This is the very first we see of Raoul in the musical - as an old man present at the opera's auction of old memorabilias. He is in a wheelchair, and a nurse is attending him. His clothes is mostly hidden by a blanket and a knitted cape (alternatively a shawl), but details like the top hat, black gloves and glasses are visible. He also wears a black coat. The actor furthermore wears a beard and moustache, and a grey wig.

Hal Prince's directing of the Auction scene is it ambiguous - are we seeing Raoul's memories, are the people present ghosts of the past, or are they really there? Everything is kept in a black-and-white setting, like an old movie, and all the clothes are kept in muted grey, black and white nuances, with just hints of colour.


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