Howard McGillin Extends Run in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera

News   Howard McGillin Extends Run in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera Howard McGillin has extended his run in the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera through Feb. 16. A spokesman for the show confirmed the news.

Howard McGillin has extended his run in the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera through Feb. 16. A spokesman for the show confirmed the news.

McGillin plays the title role in the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which plays the Majestic Theatre, where it opened on Jan. 26, 1988. McGillin is longest-running Phantom in the show's history; Michael Crawford, who won a Tony for the role, opened the production in both London and New York.

A Tony Award nominee for his performances in Anything Goes and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, McGillin has also appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, The Secret Garden and Sunday in the Park with George. On the London stage he starred in Mack and Mabel, and his solo recording is titled "Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still."

The Phantom of the Opera had its world premiere on October 9, 1986, at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, winning every major British theatre award including the Olivier and Evening Standard awards. The New York production opened on Jan. 26, 1988, with a then-record advance of $18 million. The musical went on to sweep the 1988 Tony Awards, winning seven, including Best Musical.

Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Designers are Maria Björnson (scenic and costumes), Andrew Bridge (lighting) and Martin Levan (sound). Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The performance schedule for The Phantom of the Opera is 8 PM Monday-Saturday, 2 PM Wednesday and Saturday. For ticket information, call (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 or visit the Majestic Theatre box office (247 West 44th Street).