‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Broadway’s longest-running show, to close after 35 years

‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Broadway’s longest-running show, to close after 35 years

After more than thirty years, “The Phantom of the Opera”, the longest running show in Broadway history, is closing.

A representative verified the show will play its final performance on February 18, 2023. It will have 13,925 performances.

Directed by the late theater legend Harold Prince and featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Phantom” opened on January 26, 1988. At the Tonys of that year, it was nominated for 10 awards, winning 7 – including Best Musical . One of the shows he won that year? Stephen Sondheim “Into the Woods.”

“As a British producer who has been fortunate enough to have produced in New York for over 40 consecutive years, it was a great honor to present the longest-running musical in Broadway history,” said producer Cameron Mackintosh in a news release. . “I am truly amazed that this iconic show has graced New York for nearly 35 wonderful years.”

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As much a part of the cityscape as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, the colossal phenomenon has long been a New York City landmark. Although not a critical hit, tourists continued to come year after year to see the show’s lavish sets and costumes, Broadway’s largest cast and orchestra.

Ben Crawford as The Phantom i

Ben Crawford as The Phantom i

Impressed by the talents and beauty of the young soprano Christine, The Phantom attracts her as his protégé and falls madly in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the stage for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, rage and passions collide. With songs like “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, “All I Ask of You” and “The Music of the Night,” the show was nearly sold out (1,655) decades after opening.

Based on the classic novel “Le Fantôme de L’Opéra” by Gaston Leroux, the show’s lyrics are by Charles Hart, with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, and book by Richard Stilgoe and Webber. It played to over 145 million people in 41 countries and 183 cities in 17 languages.

But before it closes, the show at the Majestic Theatre, 245 W. 44th St., will celebrate its 35th anniversary on January 26. Day and final performance — as well as details of each celebration, will be announced at a future date.

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Photographic signage of the Broadway play

Photographic signage of the Broadway play

“Phantom” became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 – when it surpassed the nearly 18-year run of “Cats,” another musical featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Reps say it has been seen by 19.5 million people and grossed $1.3 billion. In New York, the show employed approximately 6,500 people (including 450 actors) during its more than 30-year run.

The opera changed the landscape for touring across the country, prompting the restoration of theaters and opera houses. The three original US national tours combined grossed over $1.5 billion, playing 216 engagements in 77 cities to 31 million people.

While Broadway is leaving, the show is still playing in London. It was recently performed at the Sydney Opera House, and the first Mandarin-language version of the show will open in China in 2023, the release said. Antonio Banderas wants to create a Spanish-language production, the release added.

The New York production currently stars Ben Crawford as The Phantom and Emilie Kouatchou as Christine. Ticket prices range from $29 to $169, with premium tickets also available. Call 212-239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com for more information.

This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Broadway’s longest running show, to close

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