The Stars Have a (masked) Ball as the Phantom Starts Stalking in Hollnywood

updated 06/05/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/05/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Never mind that this had all been done before. When the great chandelier crashed to the stage—causing guest of honor Ronald Reagan to start in his seat—it was Phantom Fever all over again. For an L.A. party celebrating The Phantom of the Opera, Hollywood's denizens slipped into operatic disguises to applaud original Phantom Michael Crawford at the Ahmanson Theatre. But composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's wife, Sarah Brightman, busy with other projects, declined an encore; Dale Kristien plays the monster's California love. "It's even more wonderful this time," proclaimed the city's newest social cyclone, Nancy Reagan, who had seen the New York version.

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