Broadway's Phantom Plays 6,500th Show Aug. 28, Chasing Les Miz and Cats

News   Broadway's Phantom Plays 6,500th Show Aug. 28, Chasing Les Miz and Cats
 
Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera will hit 6,500 performances Aug. 28 at the Majestic Theatre.
Hugh Panaro as the title character and Sandra Joseph as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.
Hugh Panaro as the title character and Sandra Joseph as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc. production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, directed by Harold Prince, will be the third production in Broadway history to play that many performances.

Billed as the most successful stage musical of all time, The Phantom of the Opera has worldwide ticket sales exceeding $3.2 billion.

The Broadway staging of the London-originated show won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It has been seen by over 9.5 million people. Worldwide, Phantom has been seen by over 100 million people.

Now in its 16th year, The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running production currently playing on Broadway. In October 2002, it became the third longest-running production in Broadway history when it surpassed the 6,137-performance run of A Chorus Line. Still ahead are Les Misérables (No. 2, now closed after 6,680 performances) and Cats (No. 1, also closed after 7,485 performances). All three of the longest-runners in New York were produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

The Phantom of the Opera stars Hugh Panaro in the title role, with Sandra Joseph as Christine and John Cudia as Raoul. The musical also co-stars Jeff Keller, George Lee Andrews, Patricia Phillips, Marilyn Caskey, Larry Wayne Morbitt and Heather McFadden. At certain performances, Adrienne McEwan plays Christine. The Phantom of the Opera had its world premiere on October 9, 1986 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.,

Based on the novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opéra" by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe). The book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The performance schedule for The Phantom of the Opera is Monday and Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, and Tuesday evenings at 7 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 or visit the Majestic Theatre box office (247 West 44th Street). Visit thephantomoftheopera.com.

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