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Phantom Of The OperaBroadways Longest-Running ShowClosing After 35 Years


The Phantom Of The Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway historyis closing following its 35th anniversary, the NY Post and the NY Times reported Friday, because the theater industry has largely didn’t get over the pandemic.

Ben Crawford as “The Phantom” makes a curtain speech following the curtain call at The 34th Anniversary … [+] Performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of The Opera” on Broadway at The Majestic Theater on January 26, 2022 in NEW YORK.

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A spokesperson told the Times that Phantom will close on February 18, after celebrating its 35th anniversary in January.

Cast and crew were informed of your choice on Friday, based on the Times.

Other productions of the musical all over the world, like the even longer-running London show, will continue.

Though sales of Phantoms Broadway run were strong when theaters reopened following the Covid-19 lockdown, audiences have dwindled, based on the Times, and the Post reported the production is losing roughly $1 million per month.

Big Number

13,733. Thats just how many performances Phantom has played, based on the Post, which first reported the news headlines of the closure. Broadways second longest-running show, the Chicago revival, has played 10,090 performances over 25 years.

Key Background

Predicated on a 1910 French novel, Phantom opened in Londons West End 1986 and on Broadway 2 yrs later. Its music is compiled by Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 1988 it won seven Tony awards, including Best Musical. In 2012, it became the initial show on Broadway to execute 10,000 shows.

Further Reading

Phantom of the Opera to close after 34 years on Broadway: sources (NY Post)

Phantom of the Opera, Broadways Longest-Running Show, to Close (NY Times)

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