Harold Prince's original 1986 Phantom continues in London and on Broadway, with no end in sight. Over 100 million people have seen the show worldwide. It has grossed over $5 billion. The long-running North American tour closed in fall 2010, which makes the U.S. road fertile territory for a newly branded staging.
Mackintosh — who, with The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd., produced the original Phantom in London and on Broadway (and around the world) — told Daily Variety that the new Phantom of the Opera would be directed by Laurence Connor (co-director of the rethought Les Miz tour). The creative team will reportedly include set and costume designer Paul Brown and War Horse lighting designer Paule Constable.
A complete, official statement has not been released by the Mackintosh office, as details are still being worked out. There are currently five Prince-directed productions around the world; the next confirmed international opening is South Africa in January 2012.