PHOTO CALL: The Phantom of the Opera Celebrates 23 Years on Broadway

By Krissie Fullerton
27 Jan 2011

The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway's longest-running musical, celebrated another milestone on Jan. 26 when the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical hit its 23rd anniversary in New York. Director Harold Prince was on hand for the matinee.

The Broadway cast currently features Hugh Panaro in the title role, with Sara Jean Ford as Christine and Sean MacLaughlin as Raoul with George Lee Andrews, David Cryer, Liz McCartney, Cristin J. Hubbard, Evan Harrington and Heather McFadden. Marni Raab plays Christine on Mondays and Thursdays.

Here's a look at the 23rd anniversary celebration:

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Hal Prince, Hugh Panaro and Sara Jean Ford
Photo by Krissie Fullerton


The musical tells the story of a masked musical genius who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, controlling all above. He falls in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star. The score includes some of Lloyd Webber's best-known songs, including "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Masquerade," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" and the title song.

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