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'Phantom of the Opera' closing on Broadway after 35 years
2022-09-18

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After more than three decades, The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history, is closing.

A representative verified that the play's final performance will be on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023. It will have played 13,925 performances, according to NorthJersey.com .

"Phantom" is a staple within the Broadway world, with more than 70 major theater wins and 13,733 performances since its debut in 1988. Despite its legacy, the New York Post reported that the show was losing $1 million a month, Reuters reported.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux and was originally directed by Harold Prince. Broadway legends including Michael Crawford (who was the first to play the Phantom) Sarah Brightman, Judy Kaye and others have taken leading roles in the show.

The production tells the 19th-century story of aspiring opera singer Christine Daae who is taught by the mysterious Phantom to hone her vocal skills. However, things take a dark turn when the Phantom chooses Christine as his muse, and she falls in love with an arts benefactor named Raoul.

International productions of the show will continue, CNN noted. The show's flagship London production will celebrate its 36th year on Oct. 9 and the recently premiered Melbourne version will likewise continue. Also, Phantom's Mandarin-language version is slated to debut in China in 2023 and a Spanish-language venture with Antonio Banderas has been announced.


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