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1990: NBC Presents 'Phantom of the Opera'
March 18, 2017  | By TV WW
 
On this day in 1990, NBC presented the first night of the two-part miniseries, Phantom of the Opera.

The production — adapted from the Arthur Kopit-written book for the (then-unproduced) stage musical Phantom and directed by British director/producer Tony Richardson — starred British actor Charles Dance as the story's disfigured musical genius and Burt Lancaster as the opera house manager and the Phantom's protector. The miniseries was a breakout role for Teri Polo, as the Phantom's pupil, Christine.
 
 
 
 
 
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"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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