Broadway’s ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ will close in 2023 after 35 years;  Last tickets for sale “Soon”

Broadway’s ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ will close in 2023 after 35 years; Last tickets for sale “Soon”

The Phantom of the OperaBroadway’s longest-running show, will close in February after its 35th anniversary in January, producers have announced.

“We are sorry to confirm that after 35 years on Broadway, phantom will play its final performance at the Majestic Theater on Saturday, February 18, 2023,” the show reports on its website. “Tickets are currently on sale for performances until January 22, 2023, and we expect the final block of tickets to go on sale soon.”

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The news comes because the musical, known for its falling chandelier, its half-masked title character and its most famous song “The Music of the Night,” has become a Broadway icon over the decades, but has been just as susceptible as other productions. for the soft Covid market and the weak tourist climate.

The musical has long played at the Shubert Organization’s Majestic Theater.

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and a libretto by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, phantom opened in London’s West End in 1986 and two years later on Broadway, directed by Harold Prince. The musical made stars of, or at least confirmed the theatrical legacy of stars Michael Crawford, as the Phantom, and Webber’s then-wife Sarah Brightman as Christine. One of the records the musical has set over the years is its first 10,000-performance Broadway production (in 2012). Reported estimates of grossing Broadway productions over the years exceed $1 billion.

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Among the many Tony Awards in 1988 were Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Crawford), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye), Best Direction in a Musical (Harold Prince), Best Landscape and Costume Design (Maria Björnson) and Best Lighting Design (Andrew Bridge).

While the musical is still grossing hundreds of thousands of dollars a week — $867,997 for the week ending Sept. 11, the most recent figure available — receipts for the long-running show could be as low as half (or less) of what could be. earned at the Majestic, and certainly lag behind more recent musicals like Hamilton, Into The Woods, MJ, Moulin Rouge! and Sixand even behind other Broadway stalwarts like The lionking and Bad. Average ticket price for phantom last week was about $83, a steal compared to the average prices offered by musicals like funny girl ($175), Hamilton ($197), In the woods ($112) and MJ ($152), among others.

The West End production of phantomwhich closed during the Covid shutdown in 2020 and returned with a slimmed-down orchestra, remains open.

rumbles about phantomThe company’s closure was first reported today by the New York Post, sparking much speculation on the internet. According to The New York Times, the cast, crew and orchestra were informed of the closure today.

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