Broadway's Phantom Celebrates Its 24th Anniversary

News   Broadway's Phantom Celebrates Its 24th Anniversary Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, already the longest-running show in Broadway history, hits another milestone Jan. 26. It's the 24th anniversary of its opening night.

Hugh Panaro in The Phantom of the Opera.
Hugh Panaro in The Phantom of the Opera. Photo by Joan Marcus

The company of the Harold Prince-directed romantic musical thriller by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart is gearing up for yet another special turning point in the coming weeks. On Feb. 11, at the Saturday matinee, the show hits performance No. 10,000. That historic performance will benefit The Actors Fund.

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Company, Inc., the show plays the Majestic Theatre on West 44th Street.

The Phantom of the Opera, which won the 1988 Tony Award as Best Musical, became the longest-running show in Broadway history on Jan. 9, 2006, with its 7,486th performance (surpassing the previous record-holder, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, also produced by Mackintosh).

Since its debut on Broadway Jan. 26, 1988, the musical has grossed $845 million, making it the highest-grossing show in Broadway history.

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The Phantom of the Opera cast currently features Hugh Panaro in the title role with Trista Moldovan as Christine and Kyle Barisich as Raoul, with Aaron Galligan-Stierle (Monsieur André), Kevin Ligon (Monsieur Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Cristin J. Hubbard (Madame Giry), Christian Šebek (Piangi) and Heather McFadden (Meg Giry). At certain performances, Marni Raab plays Christine. The London production, which celebrated 10,000 performances in October 2010, celebrated 25 years in October 2011 with a special production at The Royal Albert Hall. On Feb. 7, a live recording will be released on CD by Decca and a DVD of the event will be released by Universal Home Entertainment.

The performance schedule for the Phantom on Broadway is Monday evenings at 8 PM, Tuesday evenings at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM.

Visit www.phantombroadway.com.

Hugh Panaro and Trista Moldovan in <i>The Phantom of the Opera.</i>
Hugh Panaro and Trista Moldovan in The Phantom of the Opera. Photo by Joan Marcus
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