The Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc. production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, will play its milestone 6,500th Broadway performance on Thursday, 28th August at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). On that date it will become only the third production in Broadway history to reach 6,500 performances.
The most successful stage musical of all time, The Phantom of the Opera has worldwide ticket sales exceeding $3.2 billion (far surpassing the highest-grossing film of all time, Titanic, which has grossed $1.9 billion worldwide). The winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the New York production has been seen by over 9.5 million people. Worldwide, Phantom has been seen by over 100 million people.
Now in its 16th year, The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running production currently playing on Broadway. Last October, it became the third longest-running production in Broadway history when it surpassed the 6,137-performance run of A Chorus Line. Still ahead: Les Misérables (#2, now closed after 6,680 performances) and Cats (#1, also closed after 7,485 performances).
Based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
The Phantom of the Opera stars Hugh Panaro in the title role, with Sandra Joseph as Christine and John Cudia as Raoul. The musical also co-stars Jeff Keller, George Lee Andrews, Patricia Phillips, Marilyn Caskey, Larry Wayne Morbitt and Heather McFadden. At certain performances, Adrienne McEwan plays Christine.
The Phantom of the Opera had its world premiere on 9th October, 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, winning every major British theatre award including the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards. The New York production opened on 26th January, 1988 with a then-record advance of $18 million. The musical went on to sweep the 1988 Tony Awards, winning seven, including Best Musical. The Phantom of the Opera also won seven Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. The original London cast recording was the first in British musical history to enter the charts at number one. It has since gone both gold and platinum in Britain and the United States, selling over two million copies.
The Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Phantom of the Opera has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The performance schedule for The Phantom of the Opera is Monday and Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, and Tuesday evenings at 7pm with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm. Call Tele-charge at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 or visit the Majestic Theatre box office (247 West 44th Street).
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