The Phantom of the Opera to Make History Again

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince, will again make theater history when it becomes the first Broadway show to celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

BROADWAY’S LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW OF ALL TIME, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TO MAKE HISTORY AGAIN, BECOMING THE FIRST BROADWAY SHOW EVER TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS

Unprecedented Milestone to be marked by Special Gala Performance

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Company, Inc., will once again make theater history when it becomes the first Broadway show ever to celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The unprecedented milestone will be marked by a Special Gala Performance that night. While many of the evening’s details are being kept under wraps, the special night will begin with an early 6:30 PM performance at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), the musical’s home for its entire run. Details for the historic performance and celebration will be announced in the coming weeks.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 with its 7,486th performance (surpassing the previous record-holder Cats, also by Andrew Lloyd Webber and also produced by Mackintosh). Incredibly, since breaking that record, PHANTOM has played both an additional 6½ years and 2,800 performances – which by itself would be a smash hit run for a Broadway musical.

On Broadway, since its debut on January 26, 1988, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has grossed over $875 million. Even now – in its incredible 25th year on Broadway – it is consistently among Broadway’s highest-grossing shows and remains a box office champ. Earlier this year, the production shattered the house record at The Majestic by having its best weekly gross in its entire 24-year history. Total attendance is now over 15 million and it continues to play with no end in sight.

The musical’s international success – equally staggering – is represented by total worldwide grosses estimated at over $5.6 billion. This colossal figure makes PHANTOM the most successful entertainment venture of all time, with revenues higher than any film or stage play in history, including Titanic, Star Wars and far surpassing the world’s highest-grossing film Avatar (at $2.8 billion). Worldwide, over 65,000 performances have been seen by 130 million people in 28 countries and 148 cities in 13 languages.

The flagship London production, which opened in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, celebrated 25 years in October 2011. That milestone was celebrated with a special production at London’s Royal Albert Hall starring two notable PHANTOM alumni, former London Phantom Ramin Karimloo and former U.S. Christine Sierra Bogess (star of the Vegas production and Broadway star of The Little Mermaid), to tremendous acclaim. Earlier this year, a live recording was released on CD by Decca and a DVD of the event was released by Universal Home Entertainment.

There are currently six productions around the world: London, New York, Budapest (Hungary), Tokyo (Japan), Manila (The Philippines) and Cameron Mackintosh’s all-new production of the musical which is currently enjoying a highly-acclaimed, record-breaking UK National Tour, which is planned to come to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future. The next international opening will be Seoul, Korea this December.

The show has won more than 60 major theater awards, including seven 1988 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and three Olivier Awards in the West End. The original cast recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time. In September 2010, student productions of PHANTOM started being licensed through R&H Theatricals, and so far have been performed at hundreds of high schools and colleges across the U.S. and in Canada.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc., has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA currently stars Hugh Panaro in the title role with Trista Moldovan as Christine and Kyle Barisich as Raoul. The musical co-stars Aaron Galligan-Stierle (Monsieur André), Kevin Ligon (Monsieur Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Cristin J. Hubbard (Madame Giry), Christian Šebek (Piangi) and Kara Klein (Meg Giry). At certain performances, Marni Raab plays Christine.

The performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Monday evenings at 8PM, Tuesday evenings at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8PM, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM. Ticket prices range from $27 – $137 with Premium Tickets also available. To order tickets, visit telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.

19 Responses to The Phantom of the Opera to Make History Again

  1. emma mckeating says:

    It is a dream of mine to see phantom on broadway..seen it so many times in London and was there at the albert hall last year,im even on the dvd!I hope you have phantastic celebrations and can include us somehow worldwidexxx

    • Angie says:

      If it is as good as 25th at RAH it will be spectacular! Saw it twice over that weekend I will never forget it. Saw it for the 30th time in London last Saturday, another treat. I also saw it for the first time on Broadway about 7 yrs ago and loved every minute. I hope the celebrations can be seen worldwide again

    • Sallara says:

      No, it never stops! My kids are 12 and 15 years old, and I still hear the phantom cries of dierssts usually when I’m in the shower. I also still occasionally check to make sure they are breathing at night. By the way, a fairly easy way to do this is to put your hand right in front of your child’s face not touching, but close so that you can feel the breath.

  2. Maryann Odermatt says:

    Please keep me informed of the events for the 25th anniversary performance at the Majestic Theatre in New York January 26th 2013. I would love to attend.

  3. Brittany says:

    TICKETS NEED TO BE RELEASED, LIKE, YESTERDAY.

  4. Pam Shaw says:

    I would to like purchase tickets for the 25th Anniversary Performance in NY when/if they become available to the public.

  5. Margaret Anteblian says:

    This is very exciting news. Hope to see the New York 25th anniversary celebration, especially as my birthday is the day before. That would make it a VERY memorable birthday! Will we be informed who is performing? Truely enjoyed the Royal Albert production on PBS.

  6. Pierce and Jessica says:

    We are HUGE Phantom fans and we can’t believe that Phantom has been on Broadway for 25 years! It’s a miracle that it has been going on for so long. We hope to see many other Phantom fans there!

  7. Stacey says:

    Are there any plans to do a US tour?

  8. Bianca says:

    I wish to see John Owen-Jones there!

    • Bianca says:

      Thanks for listening! JOJ was there for his performance in the finale!

      Congratulations to everyone involved in the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway for 25 glorious years and many more to come!

  9. George Garcia says:

    Are there plans to broadcast this on any television feed? or anywhere besides the local venue?

  10. Joseph Smith says:

    Congats Phantom on your incredible long running 25 years of keeping New York thrilled by the wonder, majestic, horror, and suspense that has been around for a long time! My first interaction with Phantom came about when I was 10 and having gone to see it with my mom,dad,aunt and uncle when I lived in Florida! Phantom will continue to thrill audiences night after night as he seduces them to his Music of the Night. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music will live forever!

  11. Marit Rawley says:

    Congrauations! To the majestic theater for celebrating Their Phantoms 25th.
    I would love to see it.

  12. Marcy says:

    I would love to attend he 25 th anniversary event in NYC on Jan. 25, 2013. Please inform when tickets are available!

  13. Andrew K says:

    When are tickets being release, please I would love to attend.

  14. Marissa says:

    I love the movie and I’m finally seeing the Broadway for my birthday!!:)

  15. Jason Gould says:

    It is just amazing how this show has lasted 25 years on Broadway. What a coup for an English composer. I wish this production even more success. The non-professional rights for the show have been released in Australia and there are many productions planned. I hope to see as many of these as I possibly can. I look forward to the New South Wales Community Theatre premiere in August of this year. All the best and happy 25th Phantom.

  16. Marilyn says:

    Please let me know when it begins it’s US tour!!! Missed out seeing it so many times will not miss it again when it returns to the USA have the Prince Albert cd,have the movie <I wnt to see the real thing!!!!!!

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