"The Point of No Return" is a song from the stage musical The Phantom of the Opera, as well as its various other performances and 2004 film adaptation. It features the Phantom who, after killing actor Signor Piangi and usurping his role, sings with his love interest Christine Daaé on stage and attempts to propose to her until the crew finds Piangi's body backstage.


Character Original West End Cast Original Broadway Cast Original U.S. Tour Cast Original Las Vegas Cast Royal Albert Hall Cast 2004 Film
The Phantom of the Opera Michael Crawford Michael Crawford Michael Crawford Brent Barrett

Anthony Crivello

Ramin Karimloo Gerard Butler
Christine Daaé Sarah Brightman

Claire Moore

Sarah Brightman

Patti Cohenour

Dale Kristien

Mary D'Arcy

Sierra Boggess

Elizabeth Loyacano

Sierra Boggess Emmy Rossum


Past the point of no return
No backward glances
The games we played till now are at an end
Past all thought of "if" or "when"
No use resisting
Abandon thought and let the dream descend

What raging fire shall flood the soul?
What rich desire unlocks its door?
What sweet seduction lies before us?

Past the point of no return
The final threshold
What warm unspoken secrets will we learn?
Beyond the point of no return

You have brought me
To that moment when words run dry
To that moment when speech disappears
Into silence

I have come here
Hardly knowing the reason why
In my mind I've already imagined
Our bodies entwining
Defenseless and silent
Now I am here with you
No second thoughts
I've decided

Past the point of no return
No going back now
Our passion-play has now, at last, begun
Past all thought of right or wrong
One final question
How long should we two wait, before we're one?
When will the blood begin to race?
The sleeping bud burst into bloom?
When will the flames, at last, consume us?

Past the point of no return
The final threshold
The bridge is crossed
So stand and watch it burn
We've passed the point of no return

Say you'll share with me
One love, one lifetime
Lead me, save me from my solitude

Say you want me with you here beside you
Anywhere you go, let me go too
Christine, that's all I ask of-

[What is it? What has happened? Ubaldo!]

[Oh my God... My God!]

[We're ruined, André, ruined!]

[Monsieur le Vicomte! Come with me!]

[Oh, my darling, my darling... Who has done this?]

[You! Why did you let this happen?]

[Monsieur le Vicomte, I know where they are!]

[But can I trust you?]

[You must. But remember: your hand at the level of your eyes!]

[But why?]

[Why? The Punjab Lasso, monsieur. First Buquet, now Piangi]

[Like this, monsieur. I'll come with you.]

[No, Meg! No, you stay here!
Come with me, monsieur. Hurry, or we shall be too late!]

Other AppearancesEdit

  • The Broadway version of the song was featured on the albums The Phantom of the Opera (Remastered 2000), Michael Crawford Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber, and The Best of Broadway: The American Musical.
  • The film version was featured on the 2004 soundtrack The Phantom of the Opera. The soundtrack version altered some of the speaking at the end.




2004 FilmEdit




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The Phantom of the Opera
Angel of MusicThe Mirror/Angel of Music (Reprise)The Phantom of the OperaThe Music of the NightI Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt ItMagical LassoAll I Ask Of You (Reprise)Why So SilentWandering Child/Bravo, Monsieur...The Point of No Return

Love Never Dies
'Til I Hear You SingBeneath a Moonless SkyOnce Upon Another TimeMother Please, I'm Scared!Ten Long Years of YearningThe Beauty UnderneathPhantom Confronts ChristineDevil Take the HindmostBefore the PerformanceAh, Christine!

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