The Phantom of the Opera is Broadway's longest-running show, having run for nearly 35 years. But after a historic, record-setting run, this Broadway institution closes in February 2023. Get The Phantom of the Opera tickets now.
The Phantom of the Opera musical continues to entice crowds with the music of the night at the Majestic Theatre. It's considered the most iconic piece of work from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe also creating the musical. Moreover, The Phantom of the Opera in New York is the longest-running musical in Broadway history, having played the Majestic since 1988. It became the first musical ever to play 10,000 Broadway performances in 2012.
Based on a 1910 Gothic horror novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway tells of the treacherous love triangle centered on Christine Daaé, the rising star at the Paris Opera. The Phantom, a mysterious man who dwells in the opera house's underground and hides a hideous deformity behind a mask, battles with Christine's childhood sweetheart Raoul for Christine's affections. The production boasts a plethora of iconic moments, most notably the infamous chandelier that crashes down from the ceiling of the auditorium. There's also the splendorous dance sequence "Masquerade," the descent into the Phantom's underground lair during the title song, and the romantic rooftop ballad "All I Ask of You."
The musical had its world premiere in London in 1986, winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical. When The Phantom of the Opera transferred to Broadway in 1988, the show won Best Musical that year at the Tonys, too, in addition to six other awards. It has been performed in dozens of countries worldwide.
A film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera was released in December 2004, starring Gerard Butler in the title role. But the original musical is a Broadway must-see, as it has made countless audiences fall in love with the visual and aural grandeur of Broadway with costumes, songs, choreography, and more that are unmatched in splendor.
The Phantom of the Opera runs 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an intermission. This is about the average runtime for a Broadway show.
The Phantom of the Opera is set to close on April 16, 2023.
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2hr 30min (incl. intermission).
January 9th, 1988
April 16th, 2023
Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
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By: Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe, with a Book by Richard Stilgoe & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Director: Harold Prince
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh & The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc
Cast list: Ben Crawford (as The Phantom), Emilie Kouatchou (as Christine Daaé), Julia Udine (as Christine alternate), John Riddle (as Raoul), Nehal Joshi (as Monsieur André), Craig Bennett (as Monsieur Firmin), Raquel Suarez Groen (as Carlotta Giudicelli), Maree Johnson (as Madame Giry), Carlton Moe (as Ubaldo Piangi), Sara Esty (as Meg Giry)
Design: Maria Bjornson
Lighting: Andrew Bridge
Costume: Maria Bjornson
Choreography: Gillian Lynne
Sound: Mick Potter, based on original sound design by Martin Levan
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