After Almost 18 Years, National Tour of Phantom Will Get Final Curtain on Oct. 31

News   After Almost 18 Years, National Tour of Phantom Will Get Final Curtain on Oct. 31
 
The final performance of the long-running North American tour of The Phantom of the Opera will be Halloween night — Oct. 31 — at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.

Tim Martin Gleason and Trista Moldovan
Tim Martin Gleason and Trista Moldovan Photo by Joan Marcus

Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc. announced the close date on Aug. 26. This third national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's megahit, directed by Harold Prince, is known as the Music Box Company. It was already known that the Pantages would be the final engagement for the troupe.

The Phantom of the Opera's third national tour currently stars Tim Martin Gleason in the title role with Trista Moldovan as Christine and Sean MacLaughlin as Raoul. The musical also co-stars D.C. Anderson (Monsieur Andre), Michael McCoy (Monsieur Firmin), Kim Stengel (Carlotta), Nancy Hess (Madame Giry), Luke Grooms (Piangi) and Paloma Garcia-Lee (Meg Giry). At certain performances, Kelly Jeanne Grant plays the role of Christine.

Tickets for the final two weeks of the tour, which was recently extended by popular demand, go on sale to the general public on Aug. 29.

The Music Box Company is currently playing a four-week run at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh through Sept. 19 and will begin performances in Los Angeles on Sept. 23. For more information, visit www.thephantomoftheopera.com.

* The musical has been represented on the road since the first national tour began performances in Los Angeles in May 1989. Since that time, there have been three U.S. national touring productions. The first national tour (Christine Company) played Los Angeles and San Francisco for a combined total run of almost ten years, grossing $305,192,485 with 3,902 performances and 6.6 million patrons. The second national tour (Raoul Company) played major markets during an eight-and-a-half-year run, grossing $393,608,819 with 3,364 performances and 7.5 million patrons. The third national tour (Music Box Company) is the only production still currently touring the U.S. and will have played 7,284 performances at the time of its closing, spanning almost 18 years on the road (there have been some breaks during that time).

The three U.S. national tours have grossed over $1.5 billion in combined box office sales. When the Music Box Company concludes its run on Oct. 31, the three touring companies will have played 216 engagements in 77 cities for an unprecedented combined total of 36 years and over 14,500 performances.

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