The Phantom of the Opera will close after 35 years on Broadway

The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running play, is set to close in February 2023.

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The show, which has been on Broadway since 1988 and has survived recessions, wars, and cultural revolutions, will have its final performance on February 18th, according to a representative. The shutdown will occur less than a month after the company’s 35th anniversary. It will end with a whopping 13,925 performances.

Since the play resumed following the epidemic, box office earnings have fluctuated, reaching over $1 million (£870,000) each week but also falling to below $850,000. It reached $867,997 last week.

Based on a Gaston Leroux novel, Phantom of the Opera tells the tale of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House and falls hopelessly in love with Christine, a naive young singer. The extravagant songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber include Masquerade, Angel of Music, All I Ask of You, and The Music of the Night.

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“As a producer, your hope is for a show to run indefinitely. My production of Andrew’s Cats openly proclaimed “Now and Forever” for many years. However, “Phantom” has outperformed that production’s stellar Broadway run. But eventually, every show must end, according to a statement from producer Cameron Mackintosh.

The first production debuted in London in 1986, and more than 145 million people have since seen it in 183 cities and over 70,000 performances in 17 different languages. The show has played more than 13,500 performances to 19 million viewers at the Majestic theatre just on Broadway.

Phantom’s demise would give Chicago, which debuted in 1996, the title of the longest-running show. The Lion King is the following; it started performing in 1997.

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Broadway suffered as a result of the pandemic, with theatres remaining shuttered for more than 18 months. Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked, three of the most well-liked shows, have all successfully recovered, but other productions have had difficulty. Tourist numbers typically need to be constant for a city to break even, but they have not yet reached their pre-pandemic levels.

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