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Longest Running Broadway Show ‘Phantom …’ Closes It’s Doors

After 35 years as the longest-running show in Broadway history, “The Phantom of the Opera” will close it’s doors.

In January of 2023, the legendary show will celebrate its anniversary and then say ‘goodbye’ following its final performance February 18 at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre after 13,925 performances.

Created by three musical theater legends – including composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Hal Prince and producer Cameron Mackintosh – “Phantom” premiered on London’s West End in October 1986 before opening on Broadway on Jan. 26, 1988.

Given its elaborate sets and costumes as well as a large cast and orchestra ‘Phantom …’ is a costly musical to sustain and since it’s post pandemic re-opening the box office grosses have fluctuated between $1,000,000+ a week to less than $850,000.

In a statement about the the show, Mackintosh said “As a producer you dream that a show will run forever. Indeed, my production of Andrew’s ‘Cats’ proudly declared for decades ‘Now and Forever.’ Yet ‘Phantom’ has surpassed that show’s extraordinary Broadway run. But all shows do finally close,”

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Author: Saul Goode

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