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‘Phantom of the Opera’ to close on Broadway in February after 35 years: NPR


A poster advertising ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is displayed on the closed Majestic Theater in New York on March 12, 2020. Broadway’s longest-running show is scheduled to end in February 2023.

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'Phantom of the Opera' to close on Broadway in February after 35 years: NPR

A poster advertising ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is displayed on the closed Majestic Theater in New York on March 12, 2020. Broadway’s longest-running show is scheduled to end in February 2023.

Kathy Willens/AP

NEW YORK — “The Phantom of the Opera” — Broadway’s longest-running show — is set to end in February 2023, the biggest casualty yet of New York’s post-pandemic theater attendance downturn.

The musical — a Broadway staple since 1988, withstanding recessions, war and cultural shifts — will play its final Broadway performance Feb. 18, a spokesperson told The Associated Press on Friday. The closure will take place less than a month after his 35th birthday.

It’s an expensive musical to maintain, with elaborate sets and costumes as well as a large cast and orchestra. Box office receipts have fluctuated since the show reopened after the pandemic — hitting more than $1 million a week, but also dropping to around $850,000. Last week it hit $867,997 and the producers may have seen the writing on the wall.

Based on a novel by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells the story of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera and falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lavish songs include “Masquerade”, “Angel of Music”, “All I Ask of You” and “The Music of the Night”.

The first production started in London in 1986 and since then the show has been seen by over 145 million people in 183 cities and performed in 17 languages ​​on over 70,000 performances. On Broadway alone, the musical has given over 13,500 performances to 19 million people at the Majestic Theatre.

Closing ‘Phantom’ would mean the longest show crown would go to ‘Chicago’, which started in 1996. ‘The Lion King’ is next, having started performances in 1997.

Broadway has taken a beating during the pandemic, with all theaters closed for more than 18 months. Breaking even usually requires a steady stream of tourists, especially for “Phantom”.

The closure was first reported on Friday by the New York Post.

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