‘Phantom of the Opera’ to close on Broadway after record-setting run
The Phantom of the Opera HouseThe longest running show in Broadway history, will pull the curtain on its fame for the last time in February, following a 35th anniversary celebration.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lavish musical won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it premiered in 1988. It appeared to be followed by two other Broadway legends, director Hal Prince and producer Cameron Mackintosh. Since that year, it has occupied the same theater, the Majestic, attracting tourists and New Yorkers alike to hear its soaring tunes and enjoy its dark theatrical magic – which which never seemed to fade in decades. ghost only closed due to the pandemic, reopening with a star-studded gala event in October 2021, closing 44th Street just off Times Square for a party where Lloyd Webber DJ will remix songs from the show.
Ticket sales have slumped for screenings nationwide after the initial rush of enthusiasm when theaters reopened last year, and ghost there is no difference.
Other productions of the show will continue around the world; an abridged version debuted in the West End, post-pandemic London, and a new production debuted at the Sydney Opera House this summer. A Spanish language ghost was announced in a collaboration between Lloyd Webber and actor Antonio Banderas.
Many people expressed shock on social networks, the program seemed to go on forever.
“Phantom” will celebrate its 35th anniversary in January, with its final Broadway performance on February 18.
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