“The Phantom of the Opera” postpones the last performance on Broadway

The closure of Phantom would mean the crown of the longest-running show would go to Chicago, which began in 1996.

NEW YORK – The Masked Broadway Man Goes Out Strong.

“The Phantom of the Opera” — Broadway’s longest-running show — has pushed back its final performance by eight weeks and pushed its final curtain call from February to April after ticket demand surged. Last week, the show grossed a whopping $2.2 million on a full house.

The musical – a Broadway staple since 1988, defying recessions, wars and cultural changes – will now have its final Broadway performance on April 16. When it closes it will have played 13,981 performances.

“We are all thrilled that not only have the show’s wonderful fans snagged the remaining tickets, but also that a new, younger audience is just as keen to see this legendary production before it disappears,” said Lead Producer Cameron Mackintosh in an explanation.

Producers said there will be no more postponements. “This is the only possible extension for the Broadway champion as the theater closes for major renovations after the show’s incredible 35-year run.”

Based on a novel by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells the story of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House and falls madly in love with the innocent young soprano Christine. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lush songs include “Masquerade”, “Angel of Music”, “All I Ask of You” and “The Music of the Night”.

The closure of Phantom would mean the crown of the longest-running show would go to Chicago, which began in 1996.

Broadway took a hit during the pandemic, if all theaters are closed for more than 18 months. Some of the most popular shows — “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” and “Wicked” — have recovered well, but other shows have struggled. Breaking even usually requires a steady flow of tourists, particularly for the costly ‘Phantom’, and visitors to the city have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/nation-world/the-phantom-of-the-opera-extends-broadway-goodbye/507-03963986-065e-4c47-a611-855f9f57eb61 “The Phantom of the Opera” postpones the last performance on Broadway

Laura Coffey

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