PHOTO CALL: Phantom Becomes the Longest Running Show on Broadway

News   PHOTO CALL: Phantom Becomes the Longest Running Show on Broadway
 
On Jan. 9, 2006, The Phantom of the Opera played its 7,486th performance at the Majestic Theatre, surpassing Cats to become the longest running show in Broadway history.
From Top: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Crawford; Maria Friedman.
From Top: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Crawford; Maria Friedman.

The occasion was marked by assemblies of past actors who have portrayed the roles of "Christine" and "The Phantom" and speeches by some members of the creative team, including composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Hal Prince, choreographer Gillian Lynne, and producer Cameron Macintosh.

Check back later today for full coverage of the historic event.

At left, attending the record-breaking performance of The Phantom of the Opera: composer and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber with original star, Michael Crawford; Woman in White star Maria Friedman.

Below, from top to bottom: the cast of the current production of Phantom taking their curtain call at the record-breaking performance; Cats passing the torch to Phantom as the longest running show in Broadway; composer Andrew Lloyd Webber; past 'Christines' and 'Phantoms' taking their bows; Michael Crawford; choreographer Gillian Lynne, producer Cameron Macintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Hal Prince.

Photos by Aubrey Reuben

From Top, Then Left to Right: The current cast gives their curtain call; a <i>Cats</i> dancer passes the torch to <i>Phantom</i>; Andrew Lloyd Webber; Past Christine's; Past Phantom's; Michael Crawford; The post-show speeches.
From Top, Then Left to Right: The current cast gives their curtain call; a Cats dancer passes the torch to Phantom; Andrew Lloyd Webber; Past Christine's; Past Phantom's; Michael Crawford; The post-show speeches.
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