Following the January 24 gala performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera—celebrating the musical's 30th anniversary on Broadway—a custom-designed light show debuted atop the Empire State Building.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh pulled the switch to launch the dazzling creation from lighting designer Marc Brickman. The show illuminated the tower lights of the building synchronized to a special arrangement of music from the long-running musical. Watch the display above.
The Phantom of the Opera enters its fourth decade having played 12,500 performances to 18 million people at The Majestic Theatre and having grossed more than $1.1 billion.
A special curtain call, led by Lloyd Webber and Mackintosh, took place following the gala performance. The two honored those who have helped keep the musical alive, including Harold Prince, the late designer Maria Björnson, lighting designer Andrew Bridge, and choreographer Gillian Lynne.