The Paris premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s global hit The Phantom of the Opera, which was to open October 13 at the Mogador Theatre, will not open this year as planned.
The production’s delay is the result of a fire that broke out in the theatre’s basement September 25. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, however, the stage floor and various set pieces were damaged. Preview performances had been set to begin October 4.
“We now know for sure that it is technically impossible to produce any show in 2016. … The technical teams consider that the repair of the damages will take several months,” said Laurent Bentata, managing director of Stage Entertainment France, in a statement.
The damages are the result of the fire and water from the theatre’s sprinkler system.
No new dates of production have been set.
Sierra Boggess, the American actress who earned acclaim for playing Christine, was to have reprised her performance in the Paris premiere, which marks the first time the musical would have been presented in French.