Why the changes from the novel??
Anyone knows the story behind Kopit/Yestons musical, that this is based on? Why did they change so much from the original novel by Gaston Leroux? The Phantom's backstory for example, and Gerard Carriere..
Actually, I think most of the changes are for the better (haven't read the novel, but seen Lloyd Webber's version, which is based on Leroux). In a way the story seems more realistic thus giving it more impact - without taking away the romance.
But a detail like changing Raoul's name to Phillipe..? Don't quite see the point..!