"Phantom of the Opera" Film Sets U.S. Release Date

News   "Phantom of the Opera" Film Sets U.S. Release Date The eagerly awaited film of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" will open in select cities prior to Christmas Day.

The motion picture, based on the hit musical of the same name, will begin engagements in most U.S. cities Dec. 22. For a complete list of cities, visit the film's official website, Click Here. Directed by Joel Schumacher, "The Phantom of the Opera" will make its world premiere Dec. 6 in London. The motion picture stars Gerard Butler in the title role, Emmy Rossum as Christine and Patrick Wilson as Raoul, and includes one new song by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Charles Hart. The film's soundtrack will be released Nov. 23.

Based on the classic Gaston Leroux novel, The Phantom of the Opera features music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Harold Prince directed both the London and New York premieres. The New York production — originally starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman — won seven 1988 Tony Awards including one for Best Musical. The score includes such tunes as "Think of Me," "The Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," "The Point of No Return" and the title tune.

The Broadway staging of the smash continues at the Majestic Theatre, having recently played its 7,000th performance.