The Phantom of the Opera will become the longest running show in Broadway history on 9th January 2006 when it celebrates its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder Cats. Last month the Broadway and the US national touring company celebrated an unprecedented 20,000 performances in the United States.
The Phantom of the Opera has won over 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End. It won the ‘Most Popular Musical Audience Award’, voted by the public, in the 2002 Laurence Olivier Awards. The Phantom of the Opera, which opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London on 9th October 1986 starring Michael Crawford as the Phantom, Sarah Brightman as Christine and Steve Barton as Raoul, is directed by Harold Prince and is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.
Worldwide, The Phantom of the Opera has grossed over £1.7 billion. The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including Titanic, ET and Star Wars. It has been seen in 120 cities in 24 countries and played to over 80 million people. The Phantom of the Opera is currently playing in London, New York, Budapest, Tokyo, Brazil, Essen and a touring production is playing at venues throughout the US with a production opening at the National Theatre in Taipei on 21st January 2006.
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