During this video, there are a couple of significant points. At the beginning, famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber introduces the actor/singer who originated the role of the Phantom: Michael Crawford (who also starred in one of my favorite movies: Condorman! Yes, I am a geek). He is obviously touched by the response of the crowd as he is recognized for the trails he has blazed. The other point comes during the performance of "Music of the Night" (it starts at 7:40 is you just want to skip to it).
On stage during the video are four of the actors who have played the role of the Phantom over the years. They take turns singing different portions of the song, to the enthusiastic reception of the crowd. And then, as the music draws near to its climax, out walks the man who is the new Phantom. He is greeted by his predecessors as together they finish the song. But just as we think this deep moment is enough, Michael Crawford returns to the stage to both honor the new Phantom and be honored by the new Phantom.
I know you're all waiting for the "deeply significant or ultimately practical" point to all this. Here it is:
- Going away and welcoming parties
- Formal introduction of the new staff member by the outgoing staff member
- Slide show acknowledging the accomplishments of the departing staff
- Passing on some symbol of the position: a gavel, a big stick (yup, been in that kind of ministry!), or a hat.
- Leaving notes with tips and advice in unexpected places.