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re: Had Jim been the lyricist for Phantom....

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steven_stuart 08:07 pm UTC 05/23/21
In reply to: Had Jim been the lyricist for Phantom.... - Evan 10:23 am UTC 05/23/21

I guess Jim would have made it a very different kind of show. The lyrics they ended up with were bland in comparison to what Jim would have given them but they sort of suited what Andrew and Cameron ended up trying to achieve. At one point they were going to go for a much more rocky show and Steve Harley from Cockney Rebel was the Phantom. They even released a successful single and video with him to promote the show. I wonder if Jim was approached during this phase (I am not sure - hopefully Ryan The Historian will know). It is always possible that Jim would have been replaced the way Steve was replaced when they decided to go in a different direction. But it is interesting to wonder about what Jim's career might have been like if he had written the lyrics for Phantom and it had been massively successful. At first Andrew and Cameron were just going to produce. Imagine if Jim had written music and lyrics for Phantom. I am sure that would have been a very interesting show. Probably I would have prefered that show to what we got. And would there have been a BOOH 2?

> So hereís a what if. Itís well known Jim was originally
> sought out to write the lyrics for Phantom of the Opera
> but had to decline due to prior obligations. My question,
> how do you feel Jimís career wouldíve changed had he been
> able to write the lyrics for Phantom as initially
> intended?
> Now there are a lot of different dynamics at play here
> such as, would the musical still have been as successful?
> Letís say in this hypothetical situation itís still just
> as successful. How does it impact Jimís career? Instantly,
> I feel that some variation of Neverland/Bat out of Hell
> the Musical would have gotten produced much quicker.
> Another thing to ponder, does Jim still reunite with Meat
> for Bat II? Does this make Jim such a hot commodity that
> many other artists are seeking him out to collaborate
> with? Does Meat Loaf give interviews insisting many of the
> songs from Phantom were originally written for him (more
> of a comedic suggestion there.) What else can anyone think
> of?
> I understand there are those who may feel itís a little
> pointless to wonder about this, however I feel that as a
> Jim fan itís disappointing to know he couldíve been
> involved in the longest running musical in Broadway
> history and instead was involved with one of the shortest.

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