Happy Bar Mitzvah, Phantom!: Broadway Musical Turns 13 Jan. 26

News   Happy Bar Mitzvah, Phantom!: Broadway Musical Turns 13 Jan. 26 Well, 10,306 gun shots have been fired at the title character of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, but—unlike other recently closed long-running champs like Cats and Miss Saigon—the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical continues running strong at the Majestic Theatre. The show will celebrate its 13th anniversary on Jan. 26.

Well, 10,306 gun shots have been fired at the title character of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, but—unlike other recently closed long-running champs like Cats and Miss Saigon—the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical continues running strong at the Majestic Theatre. The show will celebrate its 13th anniversary on Jan. 26. Since opening, New York's Phantom has played 5,428 performances before more than eight million people and raked in more than $425 million.

The current Broadway Phantom, the eleventh of his kind, is Howard McGillin. Michael Crawford was the first. Five actors who performed with Crawford on opening night in 1988 are still with the show.

A number of astounding statistics are associated with the production—from the number of toe shoes used during the run to the gallons of deck paint lavished on the set—but surely the most interesting factoid is this: the musical's infamous chandelier, which drops from the ceiling to the stage at the end of act one, has, over the course of 13 years, travelled 393 miles.