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‘Phantom’ shops its wares

Helmer Schumacher, cast pitch pic at Bloomingdale's

NEW YORK — Ever go shopping for a cashmere sweater and find Andrew Lloyd Webber instead? Unsuspecting Bloomingdale’s customers found the composer — along with “The Phantom of the Opera” helmer Joel Schumacher and castmates –packed between clothing racks Nov. 18, when the department store toasted its “Phantom”-themed gowns, accessories, cosmetics and window display.

During a ceremony in front of the windows, a 40-piece orchestra and 24-member choir performed a medley of songs while a trailer unspooled on a screen overhead. The principals did not sing, however.

The festivities made Schumacher nostalgic for his student days at Parsons when he designed avant-garde windows at Bendel’s. He recalled a display with women in fur coats shoved over in the corner like someone was trying to kill them. “It stopped traffic,” he reported.

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