‘Phantom’ to Close

With over 13,000 performances “The Phantom of the Opera” is by far the longest running show on Broadway.  The Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber production has spent the past 35 years at the Majestic Theatre; but on February 18, 2023 the production will give it’s final show – number 13,925.

One of the top grossing musicals on Broadway for many years, the production has had difficulty is keeping up with the costs of the production since reopening in October of last year after Broadway was shut down due to the Covid pandemic.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh spoke on the musical via a statement saying, “as a British producer who has been lucky enough to have been producing in New York for over 40 consecutive years, it has been an unparalleled honor to have presented the longest-running musical in Broadway’s history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’.  That this legendary show has thrilled New York for nearly 35 phenomenal years is quite astounding to me. As a producer, you dream that a show will run forever. Indeed, my production of Andrew’s ‘Cats’ proudly declared for decades ‘Now and Forever.’  Yet ‘Phantom’has surpassed that show’s extraordinary Broadway run. But all shows do finally close, and after considerable discussion between The Shuberts, The Really Useful Group, Andrew and myself, we concluded that the right time for ‘Phantom’ was after the show’s 35th birthday on February 18—a double celebration of ‘Phantom’s’ phenomenal success.”

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