1992 Japanese Tour Introduction by Ken Hill
Having visited Japan once before, and being very impressed with the kindness and cheerfulness of everybody I met, I'm more than happy to be here once more, presenting my version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
Although there are productions about the world - in Denmark, Germany and the U.S.A, for example - the production you will see has come more or less directly from the West End, and is the most faithful to the original concept, whose first performance took place in 1976. This, in its turn, is very faithful to the book, and more so than the many other versions of the story that have been staged over recent years.
However, we did not come to Japan without doing something special for you, and a new song has been prepared, based upon a beautiful aria by Antonin Dvorak.
As you will see in the programme, all the music is taken from the opera, and most especially from composers whose works were produced prior to the period of our play. The composers used include Verdi, Bizet, Donizetti, Offenbach, Weber, and -now- Dvorak. The words, however are all by me, since they must serve the need of our story.
Japan, in fact, will be getting a better production. And that's the way it should be.
- Ken Hill (1937-1995)
The above text was written by Ken Hill in 1992, especially for the 1st Japanese Tour programme, prior to his premature death in 1995. The text was also used in other Japanese Tour programmes.