The Phantom of the Opera New York: The Final Curtain on the Longest Running Show in the History of Broadway Delayed by Eight Weeks
1st December, 2022 | By Ishita Mukherjee
The entire Broadway community was saddened by the news when it was announced in September this year that the world-renowned musical, The Phantom of the Opera, was to end its historic run in New York on February 18, 2023 at the Majestic Theatre. This would have meant an end to a theatrical phenomenon that has reigned the hearts of theater lovers for over 35 years and that has been performed more than 13,000 times on Broadway. But on Tuesday, November 29, the production of The Phantom of the Opera New York confirmed that the closure of the musical has been delayed to April 16. That gives the Broadway audience eight extra weeks before they need to part with The Phantom of the Opera New York.
Soon after the news of its closing was announced, ticket sales began to rise. On the week ending November 27, The Phantom of the Opera New York delivered its highest-grossing week ever, totaling a massive $2,241,316.92. It is understandable that this frenzy is due to the closure announcement. The eight-week extension, to many, has come as a last chance to say a proper goodbye to an old friend.
The Phantom of the Opera New York has received immense love and appreciation ever since its previews began on January 9, 1988 and it officially opened on January 26, 1988 at the Majestic Theatre. On January 26 this year, The Phantom of the Opera New York is set to celebrate its 35th anniversary on Broadway. There is no doubt, therefore, that the Broadway musical is going out with a bang!
About The Phantom of the Opera New York
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational musical, The Phantom of the Opera, is based on the 1910 French novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux. It tells the story of a disfigured musical genius who lives in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Paris Opera House and haunts it. He falls obsessively in love with a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, and becomes determined to keep her by his side by any means necessary. Charles Hart wrote the lyrics for the musical and it also features a libretto by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe. The Phantom of the Opera New York opened with a production directed by Harold Prince and starring English classical soprano Sarah Brightman as Christine Daaé. Michael Crawford took up the role of the Phantom. The Phantom of the Opera New York won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1988, with Crawford winning the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical.The Phantom of the Opera New York Tickets
Ishita has been called dramatic all her life. Finally, she has decided to embrace it professionally. Being a student of literature, she has always been addicted to stories — those which she has heard a hundred times as well as those which have been freshly woven. If you find her staring into the horizon, mouth just a little agape, it is likely that she's imagining her life turning into a jukebox musical.