Who is your favorite minor character?
In the book, it’s the dancer called Jambes (which is French for “legs”). She’s snobby, in an entertaining way, because she has a rich patron (Raoul’s older brother, Philippe). Jambes is mentioned briefly in In The Eye of The Beholder; she lives in the same Paris neighborhood as Claire Delacroix.
In the ALW musical, it’s the long-suffering Monsieur Reyer, the orchestra conductor. He is very much under Carlotta’s thumb. The image to the left is my Livejournal icon of Monsieur Reyer; it reads “I’m too, too old for this shit.” That pretty much covers his temperament in the show.
In the Yeston/Kopit musical, it’s Joseph Buquet, the stage manager. He has a much larger role than in the ALW version, and we get to see a little bit about his thought processes.
Here is Philip Griffiths, talking about spending 20 years playing Monsieur Reyer in London.