4. Read the text and fill in the articles a, an, the where necessary. Consult the table in your grammar book (FCE Use of English, p. 148-149).
The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Mama Mia... They're all stage musicals. (1) __ opening night of (2) __ new musical is always (3) __ spe≠cial event. After years of (4) __ preparation and weeks of rehearsals the production has to be ready for the public and the critics. First nights usually start earlier than the regular performances so that the critics can write their reviews in (5) __ time to include them in (6) __ next morning's newspapers. The critics are (7) __ most feared people at (8) __ first night because everyone knows that their opinions will either help make the show a hit or force it to close. (9) __ rest of the audience at a first night is usu≠ally made up of friends of the cast and famous celebrities. Unlike the critics, (10) __ friends will laugh and applaud in the right places. They'll love the show even if it's terrible. The celebri≠ties attract (11) __ newspaper photographers and help give the musical maximum publicity. There will also be some angels there who will proba≠bly be more nervous than (12) __ performers.
And then after (13) __ curtain has come down and the show is over, there's the opening night party. The critics don't go to opening night parties but everyone else does. Many producers try to make their parties as spectac≠ular as their shows. One of (14) __ most famous opening night parties was thrown by (15) __ Cameron Mackintosh for the show, Miss Saigon. Guests were taken by boat down (16) __ Thames in (17) __ London to a riverside location where they could see palm trees, exotic food and laser beams. The guest list for (18) __ Andrew Lloyd Webber opening night party usually has over 1,000 names on it and most of them are famous. One of Webber's parties was held in (19) __ Rainbow Room on top of (20) __ Rockefeller Centre in New York. Thirty-five floors above Manhattan, the guests drank champagne, waiting for the morning newspapers to arrive. Some opening night parties go on for so long that the morning newspapers arrive before they're over.
5. Make wishes for the following situations. Write each sentence as itís given in the example.
E.g. 1) I (sometimes) miss first nights.
I wish (If only) I didnít miss first nights.
2) The leading actress wasnít present at the matinee.
I wish (If only) the leading actress had been present at that matinee.
1. The director didnít buy the furniture at a cost price last month.
2. Mother gave her son a wistful look and went away.
3. The prompter was angry because the actors took a lot of liberties with the text.
4. The producer doesnít think my part is very good.
5. The cloak-room was full of small-part actors and actresses, understudies and stage-hands. I couldnít talk to the producer.
6. The assistant stage manager is irritated with piles of typescript plays on his table. I canít discuss my part with him.
7. The leading actor is so handsome that it takes our breath away. But when performing he canít make love convincingly.
8. The result of the interview was that the actor hadnít got an engagement.
9. Julia joined Langtonís repertory company.
10. The balcony scene from the second act is awful.