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‘Phantom of the Opera’ will be canceled after 34 years on Broadway: sources

It’s over now, the music of the night.

The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running show, will be canceled at the end of the year, multiple sources told the Post.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical plans to weather the holidays and then end his storied run at the end of December. My guess is that the last performance will be December 31, as the show’s iconic “Masquerade” number is set around New Year’s Eve.

Other sources claim that the show will close in the spring after a big 35th anniversary party.

“Phantom,” sources say, has been struggling to recover since it reopened in October 2021 following the pandemic shutdown, and is losing about $1 million a month.

When reached by The Post, a “Phantom” rep denied the musical is closing.

Since its premiere on January 26, 1988, the show, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, has screened 13,733 performances in nearly 35 years.

The second longest-running show on Broadway, the revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “Chicago” is a long way behind with a 25-year run and 10,090 performances.

Lloyd Webber’s lush songs (with lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe), Harold Prince’s innovative staging, Gillian Lynne’s balletic choreography and Maria Björnson’s lavish set and costume designs have etched themselves into the minds of generations of theatergoers.

"Phantom of the opera" has been on Broadway for almost 35 years.
“The Phantom of the Opera” has played on Broadway for almost 35 years.
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"The Phantom of the Opera," The longest-running show on Broadway ends in December.
The longest-running show on Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera, concludes in December.
Matthew Murphy

“Phantom” first opened on Broadway with its original London stars, Michael Crawford as the masked romantic and Sarah Brightman as his beloved soprano Christine. The production won seven Tony Awards including Best Actor for Crawford and Best Musical.

Ben Crawford is currently playing the Phantom and Emilie Kouatchou is Christine Daaé.

A flop film version starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum was released in 2004.

Lloyd Webber also performed an unsuccessful sequel called Love Never Dies in London in 2010, which toured but never made it to Broadway.

John Riddle plays Raoul, Ben Crawford plays the Phantom, and Emilie Kouatchou plays Christine "The Phantom of the Opera" On Broadway.
John Riddle plays Raoul, Ben Crawford plays the Phantom and Emilie Kouatchou plays Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
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‘Phantom’ will continue to be performed in London at Her Majesty’s Theater – soon to be renamed His Majesty’s Theater following the death of Queen Elizabeth II – and some of its original productions have recently been revised.

That could be a hint for the future of the musical. While this “Phantom” will close for good in December, it wouldn’t be shocking to see it return in a much cheaper iteration in a couple of years. Mackintosh pulled the same maneuver with London’s Les Miserables” at the Queen’s Theatre. New director, slimmer set, more projections.

For now, the Shubert organization will be content. The Majestic Theatre, Broadway’s premier musical house, has finally been declassified after nearly four decades. The right show could make $3 million a week there instead of Phantom’s $1 million.

Maria Bjornson's designs are etched into the minds of millions.
Maria Björnson’s designs have been burned into the minds of millions.
Matthew Murphy

In fact, Shubert chairman Bob Wankel wanted the Majestic for the upcoming musical Some Like It Hot, but he was reluctant to give the boot to Phantom. The theater where the new show is currently going, the Shubert, has about 350 fewer seats.

Lloyd Webber could be back on Broadway soon. The hilarious London Palladium revival of his Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has New York in its sights after playing at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theater this winter.

And a remastered Broadway version of the composer’s musical Cinderella at the Imperial Theater is announced as early as next week.

But now it’s time to pack the chandelier.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/16/phantom-of-the-opera-will-close-on-broadway/ ‘Phantom of the Opera’ will be canceled after 34 years on Broadway: sources

Emma Bowman

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