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!
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.