I just happened to watch this video of Phantom‘s original Christine and Raoul, Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton, and I was so impressed that I had to share it here. You see, I was never too familiar with Steve Barton, and I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve heard him sing for more than five seconds. Now that I have heard him, I am officially impressed. He has got to be the best Raoul I have ever heard. He just encapsulates the character so well, bringing out both his gentle nature and his firm determination. I mean, I loved Hadley Fraser’s performance in the 25th anniversary, but after watching Steve Barton, I was ready to stand up and applaud–and it was just a video!