My family used to put on civil war era balls. We all dressed up in hoop skirts (Super fun! If you've never tried one on, you need to add it to your bucket list!) and square danced. We did about 5 of them and at the last one we had over 300 hundred people in attendance!
What does any of this have to do with Phantom of the Opera? Well, I had just gotten the sound track for the movie (Yes, I know Gerard Butler isn't a classical opera singer, but I he is my favorite Phantom anyway!) and we had it BLARING on the sound system while we were setting up. Nobody was supposed to show up for at least 30 minutes so we thought we could finish listening to I Remember/Stranger Then You Dreamt It.
It had just gotten to the part where the phantom starts singing, you know, yelling all kinds of fun things and sounding all angry. We suddenly notice the door is open and there is a little older lady all dressed up like a war widow, just standing there, shock on her face. We all just look at each other for a moment as the phantom rails on. I come to me senses, hike up my hoops and run for the stereo. I turn it off as my Mom goes to greet or somewhat shell shocked guest. Every time I hear this song I am taken back to that ball and all the fun we had before it had even started!