This story first aired Oct. 31, 2008
It's going to be an exciting few weeks for the co-anchors of The Early Show, as each gets to go on a fabulous trip. But they don't know where they're going -- or when. All they know is they have to show up for work each day with their bags packed, ready to depart at a moment's notice.
It's all part of the continuing series, "Destination Unkown." Each anchor gets a clue from Survivor and Amazing Race host Phil Koeghan about where they're going just before they leave.
First off -- Julie Chen -- who learned on the show Thursday she was headed to -- the City of Lights -- Paris! She was whisked away in mid-show to go overseas, and shared her trip with viewers on Friday, which happened to be Halloween.
Julie visited one of the most beautiful, opulent buildings in the world, the famous Paris Opera House. She not only got a history-laden tour, but treated viewers to a true first -- it's never happened -- a performance in that opera house of a song from the classic musical "Phantom of the Opera" which, of course, is set there.
"Phantom" is a timeless story of romance and heartbreak. It follows a disfigured musical genius obsessed with a beautiful young soprano named Christine. With the love of Raul, the theater's wealthy patron, she hopes to be set free.
Stars of the London production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Phantom," Simon Bailey and Gina Beck -- Raoul and Christine --
Later in the broadcast, Howard McGillin, who plays the "phantom" in Broadway's current production,
Julie alsoVirtuoso. She flew business class via OpenSkies, and EuroPanache assisted with arrangements in Paris. Julie stayed at the magnificent InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel.
Other highlights: a fashion show hosted by the legendary host of Paris Mode, Marie Christiane Marek, who discussed John Galliano's latest collection (we had five different outfits, including hats, modeled for us); a report from Julie, special for Halloween, on
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