Phantom opened on Broadway Jan. 26, 1988. That year the production won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actor (Michael Crawford), Best Costume Design (Maria Björnson), Best Direction (Harold Prince), Best Featured Acrtress (Judy Kaye), Best Lighting Design (Andrew Bridge) and Best Scenic Design (Björnson). Here is the Tony performance featuring Tony winner Crawford and Sarah Brightman.
The Phantom of the Opera was asked back to the 60th annual Tony Awards, where director Prince was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Tony Award. In celebration of his honor, Howard McGillin, who starred as the Phantom, performed "Music of the Night."
In 2004 the iconic musical was adapted into a feature film, which starred Gerard Butler as the Phantom and Emmy Rossum as Christine Daaé. Here is the title song from the film.
Before the musical became a Broadway and film phenomenon, The Phantom of the Opera was running in the West End at Her Majesty's Theatre. Here are highlights from the London production in 2009.
The CBS broadcast performance of "All I Ask Of You" at the Garnier Paris Opera House featured London cast members Gina Beck and Simon Bailey, who played Christine and Raoul, respectively.
Here—1,000 performances ago—Lloyd Webber joined the Broadway cast onstage at Phantom of the Opera, celebrating the production's 9,000th performance.
Ramin Karimloo starred as the title character in the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera at London's Royal Albert Hall. This is a clip from his performance of "The Music of the Night."
Sierra Boggess starred opposite Karimloo in the 25th anniversary production. Here is her performance of "Think of Me."
Nicole Scherzinger was recently seen at the annual Royal Variety gala in the UK, where she sang The Phantom of the Opera's title song. She was joined by four different Phantoms—Simon Bowman, Earl Carpenter, Karimloo and John Owen-Jones—for the performance, which was introduced by composer Lloyd Webber.
Here, the London production celebrated its 10,000th performance, a milestone that Broadway hits Feb. 11.