The phantom of the OperaBroadway’s longest-running show, which will close in February after its 35th anniversary in January, producers announced.
“We are sad to announce that after 35 years on Broadway, Phantom Its final performance will be at the Majestic Theater on Saturday February 18, 2023,” the show announced on its website. “Tickets are currently on sale for performances until January 22, 2023, and we expect the final block of tickets to go on sale soon.”
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The news comes as the musical, famous for its falling chandelier, half-dressed title character and most famous song “The Music of the Night,” has been a Broadway icon for decades but it is as susceptible as other productions. a soft Covid market and a weak tourism climate.
The musical is long overdue at the Shubert Organization’s Majestic Theatre.
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and libretto by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe, and performances by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, Phantom it opened in London’s West End in 1986 and, two years later, on Broadway, directed by Harold Prince. The musical made stars, or at least cemented the legacy of the theatre, stars Michael Crawford, as the Phantom, and Webber’s wife at the time, Sarah Brightman as Christine. Records set by the musical over the years include the first Broadway production to reach 10,000 performances (in 2012). Reported estimates of Broadway grosses over the years exceed $1 billion.
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His 1988 Tony awards included Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Crawford), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye), Best Direction of a Musical ( Harold Prince), Best Performance Scenic and Costume Design (Maria Björnson) and Best Lighting Design (Andrew Bridge).
While the musical rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars a week — $867,997 for the week ending Sept. 11, the latest figure available — receipts for the long-running show could be as low as half (or less ) of the amount that could be earned. at the Majestic, and is certainly behind later operas such as Hamilton, Into The Woods, MJ, Moulin Rouge! and six peopleand even behind other Broadway heroes like The Lion King and Bad news. Average ticket price for Phantom Last week was around $83, a bargain compared to the average prices that operas command as Funny girl ($175), Hamilton ($197), Into the Woods ($112) and MJ ($152), among others.
The West End production of it Ghostwhich was closed during the Covid shutdown in 2020 and returned with a slimmed down orchestra, still open.
Rumbles about it GhostThe closing was reported today by the New York Post, sparking considerable internet speculation. According to The New York Times, the cast, crew and orchestra were informed of the closure today.
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