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"Phantom of the Opera" to close on Broadway in early 2023, ending 35-year run

Updated on: September 16, 2022 / 7:06 PM EDT / CBS/AP

Following an unparalleled 35-year run, the New York production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," Broadway's longest-running show, will end in early 2023, producers confirmed Friday.

The show's final performance will be held on Feb. 18, 2023, producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group said in a news release.

"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 honour to have presented the longest-running musical in Broadway's history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of the Opera,'" Mackintosh said in a statement. "That this legendary show has thrilled New York for nearly 35 phenomenal years is quite astounding to me." 

Since it opened at the Majestic Theatre on Jan. 26, 1988, Broadway's "Phantom" has been performed over 13,500 times for 19.5 million people and grossed $1.3 billion, according to producers. It has won seven Tony Awards, including best musical. Producers said the show has been Broadway's largest generator of jobs in Broadway and U.S. theatrical history, employing approximately 6,500 people during its run. 

Worldwide, it has also been performed in front of an estimated 145 million people in 41 countries, and in 17 languages, producers said. 

Though the Broadway iteration will be closing its doors, the show will still continue in other locations. 

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The novel "The Phantom of the Opera," written by French writer Gaston Laroux, was published in 1909. The character was first brought to the big screen in a 1925 silent film.  

On its 25th anniversary on Broadway, Webber, the show's composer, recalled to CBS News reading Laroux's novel.

"I remember finding the book in New York and reading it one afternoon and thinking, 'It's not the same as I remember it,'" Webber told CBS News in 2013. "It's not a sort of funny thing, with somebody coming out and saying, 'Boo' from behind a chandelier. It's actually about a romance."

When the show first opened in New York in 1988, it had already been a hit for two years in London. Still, not all the critics took to it kindly. One reviewer in the New York Times called it, "psychologically lightweight."

It has been a costly musical to sustain, with elaborate sets and costumes as well as a large cast and orchestra. Box office grosses have fluctuated since the show reopened after the pandemic — going as high as over $1 million a week but also dropping to around $850,000. Last week, it hit $867,997 — and producers may have seen the writing on the wall.

"Phantom" tells the story of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House 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 closing of "Phantom" would mean the longest still-running show crown would go to "Chicago," which started in 1996. "The Lion King" is next, having begun performances in 1997.

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The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber ’s  The Phantom of the Opera  debuted in 1988, winning seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical.

Based on Gaston Leroux’s horror novel, it tells the enticing story of The Phantom, who haunts the stage of the Paris Opera and subsequently falls in love with a beautiful young soprano. Audiences are in for a thrilling night of spectacle and romance, accompanied by an unforgettable musical score.

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'Phantom of the Opera' takes a final Broadway bow after 13,981 performances

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John Riddle as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as the Phantom and Emilie Kouatchou as Christine, take a bow at the end of the final performance of the Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater in New York City on April 16, 2023. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

John Riddle as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as the Phantom and Emilie Kouatchou as Christine, take a bow at the end of the final performance of the Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater in New York City on April 16, 2023.

On Sunday night, April 16, the curtain will fall on the longest-running show in Broadway history. The Phantom of the Opera , Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega hit musical, is closing after more than 35 years.

The stats are absolutely staggering – since it opened on Broadway in January of 1988, Phantom has played almost 14,000 performances to audiences of over 20 million, grossing over $1.3 billion. An estimated 6,500 people have been employed by the production – including over 400 actors – and it takes a cast, orchestra and crew of 125 to put on the show. On Monday, it will all be over.

"I got the gig of a lifetime. There's no other way to describe it," says Richard Poole, who's been a member of the ensemble, playing small roles, for almost 25 years. "It's given me the ability to have security, to plan ahead," says Poole. "It gives me discipline and structure in my life, and it gives me a constant way to maintain my craft."

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Steve Barton (from left), Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman during the curtain call at the end of the premiere performance of The Phantom of the Opera on Jan. 26, 1988 at New York's Majestic Theatre. Ed Bailey/AP hide caption

Musician Joyce Hammann has been at the show even longer than Poole: "I'm concertmaster at Phantom of the Opera , which is first violin. And holy moly, I've been there 33 and a half years." Hammann is one of several members of the orchestra to have a "Phantom baby" – her son, Jackson just turned 18. "This has been his home away from home," she says. "People [here] have watched him grow up. He had the pleasure of sitting backstage during Saturday matinees sometimes when I wasn't able to get a babysitter."

The Phantom of the Opera , for those who've never seen it, is the story of a disfigured genius who haunts the Paris Opera House, pining away for a young soprano, Christine, who's in love with a dashing count. People die, a chandelier crashes to the stage, but love kinda triumphs ... all set to a sweeping romantic score.

25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

"I was very keen to write something which was a high romance at the time, having done Evita and having done Cats and various things, which ... didn't let me ... go in that direction at all," Lloyd Webber recalled in 2013, for the show's 25 th anniversary on Broadway. When he read Gaston Leroux's novel, he found the vehicle and collaborated with Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart on the adaptation, directed by Hal Prince.

"I think the enduring appeal is because it's so romantic and because audiences escape into it," the late director said for the 25 th anniversary. "It has a world of its own. And whatever problems they have out on the street and in their daily lives, they come in here and it's like a little kid tripping on a fairy tale or something. Only this is a slightly dangerous one. But the point is, I think that they escape from reality for a couple of hours and in a romantic world."

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"The Phantom being misunderstood, I think is a big symbol for a lot of people," says Ben Crawford, who now has the distinction of being the last Phantom to haunt the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. [Ed. Note: Laird Mackintosh played the Phantom at the final performance on Sunday, April 16, filling in for Crawford who was ill.] Like other Phantoms before him, he has a special relationship with the Phans who've visited the show over and over. Some even send him their own artwork. "They saw that I had dinosaurs in my room," he says, "because when I play with my kids on FaceTime, my son loves dinosaurs, so they 3D printed this velociraptor that's, like, in a tuxedo with a phantom mask. And it came to my dressing room in a box with, like, holes in it so it could breathe."

But even the longest running show in Broadway history has to close at some point. Producer Cameron Mackintosh says Phantom was losing money, even before the pandemic. So, last September, he and Andrew Lloyd Webber announced a final date. "The following week, we were profitable for the first time," Mackintosh said in a phone interview from London. "So, you know, it was the right decision to take at the right time. And, you know, I think people's memory now is back with people saying Phantom of the Opera is one of the great successes of all time, which is what one always prays when a great show finishes."

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So, Phantom is going out with a bang – it's been selling out again. Music supervisor and conductor David Caddick has been around since the very beginning – he was music director for a staged reading on Andrew Lloyd Webber's estate back in 1984. He's conducting the final performances on Broadway. "I simply don't know how I'll feel on the morning of the 17th of April," Caddick says. "At the moment, it's about maintaining what we have: keeping the show vibrant. I still give notes to the actors, to the orchestra. We will look to maintain every element of the production through to the very last note."

There are plans for some surprises at the final curtain call. Actor Richard Poole says the closing is bittersweet. " I was retiring anyway," he says. "So, I have a very enviable spot in my life in the fact that I had something to go to, which was nothing!" For the other 124 people employed by The Phantom of the Opera , it's time to find a new gig.

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The Phantom of the Opera marquee is shown above on April 13, 2023, at the Majestic Theater in New York City. The final performance will be on Sunday, April 16. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Phantom of the Opera faces final curtain in 2023 - after record 35-year run

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The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running musical in Broadway history, is to have its final curtain call in February, after a 35-year run.

Andrew Lloyd-Webber's production has been staged ove r 13,000 times in New York, but post-pandemic pressures mean it will close after celebrating its 35th anniversary in February next year. It took the crown for longest running musical in the city in 2006, after overtaking Cats .

The pandemic saw theatres closed, and bosses have been unable to recover audience levels seen before the onset of Covid-19, so have made the decision to end the run.

The Phantom of the Opera is an expensive production, involving hundreds of staff, and elaborate set designs. Each production uses 250kg of dry ice, ten smoke machines, and 281 candles.

Since theatres reopened, revenues have dropped to around $850,000 a week, prompting the show to end its record-breaking run.

Based on a French novel written in 1910, Phantom follows the story of a Soprano singer at the Paris Opera House and her relationship with a musical 'Phantom' who lives somewhere in the building. Songs include Masquerade, The Music of the Night, Angel of Music, and All I Ask of You.

Officials claim the musical has been performed to "over 145 million people in 41 countries and 183 cities in 17 languages".

They also claim that box office returns for the musical are higher than any other film or play in history, including Titanic, ET, Star Wars and Avatar.

In the UK, the Phantom of the Opera is the second-longest running show in London's West End, a fter Les Miserables, having run since 1986.

The Phantom of the Opera , Broadway's Longest-Running Show, Sets Closing Date

The Phantom of the Opera , has set a final performance date of February 18, 2023 one month after the production celebrates its 35th anniversary. The longest-running show in Broadway history (a feat it achieved in January 2006 when it surpassed the then-record run of Cats ), the musical is the winner of seven 1988 Tony Awards including Best Musical. It began previews on January 9, 1988 and opened on January 26 under the direction of Harold Prince with choreography by Gillian Lynne and music direction by David Caddick. 

With a book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart, The Phantom of the Opera is based on the novel Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux. It follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a young soprano. As Christine’s star rises, and a suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man.

The original Broadway cast starred Michael Crawford as the Phantom, Sarah Brightman as Christine Daaé, Patti Cohenour as the Christine Daaé alternate, Judy Kaye as Carlotta Guidicelli, Leila Martin as Madame Giry, Steve Barton as Raoul, Cris Groenendaal as Monsieur André, Elisa Heinsohn as Meg Giry, David Romano as Ubaldo Piangi and Nicholas Wyman as Monsieur Firmin.

The cast of Phantom is led by  Ben Crawford  as Phantom,  Emilie Kouatchou  as Christine, John Riddle as Raoul, Nehal Joshi as Monsieur André,  Craig Bennett  as Monsieur Firmin,  Raquel Suarez Groen  as Carlotta Giudicelli, Maree Johnson as Madame Giry,  Carlton Moe  as Ubaldo Piangi and  Sara Esty  as Meg Giry. At certain performances, Julia Udine plays Christine.

Phantom features scenic design by Maria Björnson, costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Andrew Bridge, sound design by Martin Levan and orchestrations by Webber and David Cullen.

The Phantom of the Opera was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 1988 and took home seven: Best Direction, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Scenic Design, Featured Actress (Kaye), Leading Actor (Crawford) and Best Musical.

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'The Phantom of the Opera' will close in 2023 after 35 years on Broadway. Here are 10 stunning photos from the show's historic run.

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"The Phantom of the Opera," written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, premiered at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on January 26, 1988.

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The musical is based on French author Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel of the same name.

In a statement to CBS , the musical's producer Cameron Mackintosh said "it has been an unparalleled honour to have presented the longest-running musical in Broadway's history," adding that the show is "legendary."

According to The Hollywood Reporter , the production struggled to bounce back after being forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic.

A message on the show's official website says that tickets are on sale for performances through January 22, 2023, with the final block of tickets going on sale "shortly."

Michael Crawford, who played the original Phantom in 1988, was all smiles during rehearsals for the Broadway opening.

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Crawford originated the role of the Phantom in London's West End, which is known for its theater culture, before joining the Broadway cast, Playbill writes .

Andrew Lloyd Webber joined the cast onstage for a curtain call on January 9, 2006 —the same night the show surpassed "Cats" as the longest longest-running show in Broadway history.

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The score for "Cats," which is currently the fourth longest-running show of all time, was also written by Lloyd Webber, according to Broadway's official website . 

The same night, actors who played the musical's titular character joined together in costume for a performance.

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An assembly of actresses who played the lead character Christine Daaé were also present, per Playbill , with both groups taking their bows onstage.

At the 25th anniversary of the production's Broadway premiere, Hugh Panaro and Sierra Boggess sang their hearts out as the Phantom and Christine.

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Panaro is one of the few actors to play both the Phantom and Raoul in the Broadway production, the New York Theater Guide writes . He was cast as Christine's love interest Raoul in 1991 and invited to play the title role in 1999, a part he would play on and off until 2014.

In May 2014, Norm Lewis became the first Black actor to play the Phantom on Broadway (and only the third Black actor to take on the role worldwide).

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Lewis, who took over for Panaro, told CBS Mornings in 2014 that it was emotional for him to step into the role.

" ... I feel very honored, and I hope that I make not only everyone who's involved proud, but hopefully this will open up a lot of doors for people of color."

Broadway's first Christine, Sarah Brightman, returned to the stage to celebrate the musical's 30th anniversary at the Majestic Theatre in 2018.

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Lloyd Webber wrote "The Phantom of the Opera" during his marriage to Brightman, who originated the role on London's West End before continuing with the Broadway cast, per her website .

When "The Phantom of the Opera" re-opened in October 2021, the audience was given masks of their own to wear during the performance.

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"New York loves the arts. New York loves Broadway. New York loves 'Phantom,'" New York Senator Schumer said in a pre-show address, per Variety . "We must never forget that the arts are a great economic engine for New York."

The show's most iconic prop, the chandelier, also returned to audiences in 2021. The glow from the large light illuminated the theater's intricate architecture.

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Because the chandelier is a moving piece of the musical's set, its dramatic rise to the ceiling at the beginning of the show served as a symbol for the post-pandemic return of Broadway.

Emilie Kouatchou starred as the first Black Christine in the musical in 2022.

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NBC reports that Kouatchou unsuccessfully auditioned for the production twice before getting cast as an understudy. She told the outlet in February that the rejection served a larger purpose in her journey.

"Honestly, this was the perfect time for something like this to happen, even though it had been quite a long time. There have been so many different Black women that could have played Christine," she said. "We're in a period of intense change in this industry, and I'm just happy that I could be a part of that change."

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Theater staged a pandemic comeback, but audiences didn’t get the memo.

Nearly a year after Broadway raised its curtains — marking an end to more than 18 months of COVID closures — one of its most storied shows announced it will go dark for good. “Phantom of the Opera,” the longest-running show in Broadway history, plans to stage its final performance in February. The not entirely unexpected move marks an end to 35 years at the Majestic Theatre, and an era in which many adult theatergoers could not imagine Broadway without the iconic marquee’s white mask and red rose.

Like many shows across the country, “Phantom” could not summon back the audiences that sustained it before brutal pandemic closures drained the lifeblood out of the industry. Contradictory messaging around masking in theaters, continuing COVID-related cancellations and a stubborn pattern of audiences sticking close to home combined to create a perilous landscape for the performing arts.

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Many arts leaders reported that, try as they might, very few shows — short of pop-cultural phenomenons like “Hamilton” — were drawing the kinds of crowds that could fill coffers in the long term. “Phantom” couldn’t keep up in this harsh new environment, with the New York Post reporting that the show was losing about $1 million per month since its reopening last October.

The show’s website features a pop-up page announcing the news and confirming that the last performance will be on Saturday, Feb. 18. “Phantom” will celebrate its 35th anniversary in January.

“The Phantom of the Opera” opened in 1988 and has played more than 13,700 performances. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, with lyrics by Charles Hart and a book by Webber and Richard Stilgoe, is based on the 1910 eponymous French novel by Gaston Leroux. The Gothic melodrama follows a soprano who is pursued by a masked musician who lives in the candle-lighted underworld of chambers beneath the Paris Opera House.

The show, while not always lauded by critics, became a beloved staple of Broadway, winning seven Tony Awards the year it opened, including best musical. Since then, according to numbers compiled by the Broadway League and reported by the New York Times, the show has been seen on Broadway by 19.8 million people, and grossed $1.3 billion .

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Introduction

The beloved musical Phantom of the Opera is set to tour in 2023. Fans of the classic show will be thrilled to hear that the iconic production is making its way around the world. This article will explore the upcoming tour, looking at what audiences can expect from the show, the history and legacy of Phantom of the Opera, and how to make the most of the 2023 tour.

A Look Ahead to the 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour

A Look Ahead to the 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour

The 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour will take audiences on a thrilling journey through some of the world’s most iconic cities. The tour will begin in London and make its way across Europe, before heading to North America and eventually ending in Australia. Audiences can expect an unforgettable experience with lavish sets, captivating music, and a talented cast and crew.

The tour dates and locations are as follows:

  • London – April 2022 – July 2022
  • Paris – August 2022 – October 2022
  • Berlin – November 2022 – January 2023
  • New York City – February 2023 – April 2023
  • Los Angeles – May 2023 – June 2023
  • Toronto – July 2023 – August 2023
  • Sydney – September 2023 – November 2023

The History and Legacy of the Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless classic, with roots stretching back to the late 19th century. The story was first adapted into a novel by French author Gaston Leroux in 1910, and has since been adapted into multiple stage productions, films, and television shows. The musical version of Phantom of the Opera debuted in London’s West End in 1986, and has since become one of the longest-running Broadway shows, with productions in more than 150 cities around the world.

The show has received critical acclaim, winning numerous awards including seven Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards. It has also been nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. The show’s success has spawned numerous spin-off productions, including Love Never Dies, which opened in London in 2010 and made its way to Broadway in 2011.

Behind the Scenes of the 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour

Behind the Scenes of the 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour

The Phantom of the Opera tour is sure to be an exciting event, and the cast and crew are hard at work preparing for the show. Audiences can look forward to interviews with cast and crew members, exploring their roles and getting a glimpse behind the scenes. There will also be insight into the rehearsal process, as well as a look at the set design and costumes.

The 2023 tour promises to be a spectacular event, and fans of the show won’t want to miss out. Audiences can expect to be taken on an emotional journey, as the powerful music and stirring performances bring the story of the Phantom of the Opera to life.

How to Prepare for the 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour

How to Prepare for the 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour

If you’re planning on attending the 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour, there are a few things you should do to ensure you get the most out of the experience. The first step is to purchase tickets, if they haven’t already sold out. You should also research the show, familiarizing yourself with the story and characters. Finally, you should plan your travel and accommodation, giving yourself plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements.

Attending the 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour is sure to be a memorable experience. With a little bit of preparation, you can make sure it’s a trip you’ll never forget.

The 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour is sure to be an incredible event. From the iconic cities it will visit, to the talented cast and crew, audiences are in for a treat. This article explored the upcoming tour, taking a look at what to expect from the show, the history and legacy of Phantom of the Opera, and how to make the most of the 2023 tour. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or new to the show, the 2023 Phantom of the Opera Tour is the perfect opportunity to experience this beloved musical.

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The Phantom of the Opera , Broadway ‘s longest running show, will close in February following its 35th anniversary in January, producers have announced.

“We are sad to confirm that after 35 years on Broadway, Phantom will play its final performance at the Majestic Theatre on Saturday February 18th, 2023,” the show has announced on its website . “Tickets are currently on sale for performances through January 22nd, 2023, and we expect the final block of tickets to be placed on sale shortly.”

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

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

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, with direction by Harold Prince. The musical made stars of, or at least cemented the theater legacy, of stars Michael Crawford, as the Phantom, and Webber’s then-wife Sarah Brightman as Christine. Among the records set by the musical over the years is first Broadway production to hit 10,000 performances (in 2012). Reported estimates of the Broadway productions grosses over the years exceed $1 billion.

Among its trove of 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 of a Musical (Harold Prince), Best Scenic and Costume designs (Maria Björnson) and Best Lighting Design (Andrew Bridge).

While the musical still grosses hundreds of thousands of dollars per 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 such as Hamilton, Into The Woods, MJ, Moulin Rouge! and Six , and even behind other Broadway stalwarts as The Lion King and Wicked . Average ticket price for Phantom last week was about $83, a bargain compared to the average prices commanded by such musicals as Funny Girl ($175), Hamilton ($197), Into the Woods ($112) and MJ ($152), among others.

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

Rumbles about Phantom ‘s closing was first reported today by the New York Post, setting off considerable speculation on the internet. According to The New York Times, the cast, crew and orchestra were informed of the closing today.

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Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera ticket prices and dates as show ends in 2023

Disha Kandpal

Broadway’s longest-running show, The Phantom of the Opera , is coming to an end in early 2023 after 35 years. Here’s a look at the price of the tickets for the show.

The show’s famous chandelier will drop for the last time on February 18, 2023, at New York City’s Majestic Theatre.

“We are sad to confirm that after 35 years on Broadway, Phantom will play its final performance at the Majestic Theatre on Saturday, February 18th, 2023,” the showrunners announced on its official website .

The tickets for the already-scheduled shows in 2022 and January 2023 are still available, and the showrunners will put the final block of tickets out soon.

If you’ve been wanting to watch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic show for a while but haven’t gotten around to doing it yet, these final shows are your last chance.

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Here’s how much tickets for The Phantom of the Opera cost

The tickets for the iconic musical, which is based on French author Gaston Leroux’s novel, are available on websites of both The Phantom of the Opera and Broadway .

If you wish to watch the show this Sunday, September 18th, the tickets on the official website cost between $74 to $258, while those on the Broadway website range from $79.65 to $322.65.

The Phantom of the Opera tickets for Wednesday, September 21st, cost between $38 to $215 on the official website and range between $60 and $268.65 on Broadway.

The prices vary as per dates and seat availability. If you book your tickets weeks prior to the date you wish to attend, you are likely to get them for a low price.

Seat Geek also sells tickets for the show on their website, and the cheapest ticket there costs $30.

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Iconic Broadway show’s remaining show dates

Here’s a look at all the show dates from now until the end of January, as per Broadway .

September 2022

Saturday, 17 Sunday, 18 Monday, 19 Wednesday, 21 Thursday, 22 Friday, 23 Saturday, 24 Sunday, 25 Monday, 26 Wednesday, 28 Thursday, 29 Friday, 30

October 2022

Saturday, 1 Sunday, 2 Monday, 3 Wednesday, 5 Thursday, 6 Friday, 7 Saturday, 8 Sunday, 9 Monday, 10 Wednesday, 12 Thursday, 13 Friday, 14 Saturday, 15 Sunday, 16 Monday, 17 Wednesday, 19 Thursday, 20 Friday, 21 Saturday, 22 Sunday, 23 Monday 24 Wednesday, 26 Thursday, 27 Friday, 28 Saturday, 29 Sunday, 30 Monday, 31 November 2022

Wednesday, 2 Thursday, 3 Friday, 4 Saturday, 5 Sunday, 6 Monday, 7 Wednesday, 9 Thursday, 10 Friday, 11 Saturday, 12 Sunday, 13 Monday, 14 Wednesday, 16 Thursday, 17 Friday, 18 Saturday, 19 Sunday, 20 Monday, 21 Wednesday, 16 Thursday, 17 Friday, 18 Saturday, 19 Sunday, 20 Monday, 21 Wednesday, 23 Thursday, 24 Friday, 25 Saturday, 26 Sunday, 27 Monday, 28 Wednesday, 30 December 2022

Thursday, 1 Friday, 2 Saturday, 3 Sunday, 4 Monday, 5 Wednesday, 7 Thursday, 8 Friday, 9 Saturday, 10 Sunday, 11 Monday, 12 Wednesday, 14 Thursday, 15 Friday, 16 Saturday, 17 Sunday, 18 Monday, 19 Tuesday, 20 Wednesday, 21 Thursday, 22 Friday, 23 Saturday, 24 Monday, 26 Tuesday, 27 Wednesday, 28 Thursday, 29 Friday, 30

January 2023

Sunday, 1 Monday, 2 Wednesday, 4 Thursday, 5 Friday, 6 Saturday, 7 Monday, 9 Wednesday, 10 Thursday, 11 Friday, 12 Saturday, 13 Monday, 16 Wednesday, 18 Thursday, 19 Friday, 20 Saturday, 21

The Broadway musical’s 35-year reign will end in 2023

The New York Times notes that Broadway was badly hit due to the pandemic and the damaging lockdown.

Even though the lockdown is over now, many theatregoers have not returned. Like many other shows, Phantom of the Opera has not been selling enough tickets, which has made it difficult to maintain the running costs.

In January 2023, the iconic musical will celebrate its 35th-year anniversary, and the final show will take place on February 18th.

The show’s production in London came to an end during the height of the pandemic in 2020.

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Ask Cameron Mackintosh if “ The Phantom of the Opera ” will be back, and he doesn’t play coy.

“Of course it will return,” he says. “All the great musicals do.”

But the British mega-producer, whose credits include “Cats” and “Les Misérables,” also speaks candidly about the forces pushing “Phantom,” the longest-running show on Broadway, to end its record run on April 16 after 35 years.

At the same time, the pandemic pushed up expenses at an accelerated pace. Prior to 2020, expenses would generally rise 3% to 4% annually. But according to “Phantom” general manager Aaron Lustbader, after lockdown they escalated by about 15%, driven by COVID costs like testing and increased staffing as well as hikes in security and advertising. Currently, keeping the show up and running means spending $950,000 a week.

“Now you look at a $1 million week at the box office and you think, ‘Oh, thank God, we’ve broken even.’ That’s a huge mental shift,” Mackintosh says. “The margins have shrunk hugely.”

Meanwhile, post-lockdown sales slowed across Broadway, dampened by early performance disruptions, changes in consumer lifestyles and the lagging return of international tourists and city visitors, particularly suburbanites. Integral to the reopening of “Phantom” in October 2021 were the pandemic funds secured from insurance and from the federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant .

“Even with that money, until I actually announced in September that the show was in its final months, we were losing money every week,” Mackintosh says.

That announcement broke the losing streak, with “Phantom” now playing to packed houses and, in its final stretch, topping $3 million in weekly sales. The closing, originally scheduled for February, was pushed to mid-April — when the Majestic Theatre will undergo much-needed renovations put off by 30-plus years of constant performances.

Surpassing “Cats” in 2006 as the longest-running production on Broadway, “Phantom” has grossed more than $1.3 billion in New York alone, not counting its many international and touring productions. Along the way the show became a steady job for cast members, crew, musicians and others in an unpredictable industry.

Even the actors who step into the musical’s challenging lead role tended to stick with it: Over its 35-year history, there have been only 16 actors to play the Phantom. One of them, Howard McGillin, played the part for some seven years (and more than 2,500 performances) over the course of a decade. 

During that time he battled the physical and vocal fatigue that come with the role, wrestled with a persnickety remote-controlled boat, sat for an hour in the makeup chair before every show, and survived a regular drop through a trap door that was eventually cut due to safety concerns. 

“Between the beginning of your performance to the end of the night, there’s very little time that you’re actually just in your dressing room, when you’re not changing into another costume or climbing ladders or sitting up in the angel in the proscenium arch getting ready to descend,” McGillin said. “It’s you and your dresser and the makeup artists. That’s your life.”

While Mackintosh is bullish on the musical’s eventual return — “There’ll be a tour at some point too,” he promises — it won’t be back in its current costly form. For clues to what a new version might look like, he points to the London production, a reimagining of the original with a smaller orchestra and a handful of design changes that include the replacement of the proscenium’s angel with a sculpture of a Pegasus (mirroring the actual Palais Garnier). A separate, entirely redesigned, non-replica production has toured the U.S. and the U.K. and plays Vienna in 2024.

“For now, I hope people will remember that it went out doing the most fabulous business of all time,” Mackintosh says. “My plan was to burnish the reputation of ‘Phantom,’ not let it seep away.”

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Here's the very first thing you need to know and maybe this is exactly everything: This is a Chinese-language production only — the first to be staged ever, in fact.

Still with us? Great way to work on your Chinese skills if you're looking for interesting encounters with the language, at any rate.

But yes, in every other way this is a Shanghai production of Phantom of the Opera , Tony-award-winning 1986 musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber, longest running show in Broadway history, timeless story of love and mystery and mysterious love, vehicle for such classic hits "The Music of the Night" and the title track "The Phantom of the Opera".

Did you now that the original production just finished their run on Broadway on April 16, 2023, after 35 years? It was losing money even before the pandemic, apparently.

Alas! Phantom on Broadway you will always be here... insiiiiiiide my miiiiind.

The English-language Phantom debuted in Shanghai in 2004, in fact, sparking a wave of English-language legacy musicals in this city like Cats , Wicked , Elton John's Aida and The Lion King , among others.

'Twas a grand time to be alive.

And now, as we're entering the Maybe Things Will Be Good Again Era, after almost two decades a Chinese-language Phantom is returning to a Shanghai stage at the Shanghai Grand Theater . Tickets are already going fast.

Here's more of what you need to know:

It's the FIRST-EVER Chinese adaptation. Chinese is the 18th language edition of Phantom of the Opera . And please note: There will be no English subtitles , which is something that sometimes happens with Chinese-language theater. This production relies on the skills of an original local production and adaptation team. You will see all the classic costumes and staging with a few unique Chinese style twists.

Shanghai is the first city on its national tour. From 2023 to 2024, the Chinese version of The Phantom of the Opera will tour around major Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, and Beijing, with a total of about 200 shows.

The classic opening chandelier is there. Yes, if you have watched the original version, rest assured that all the great highlights are included. For the China production, the giant chandelier weighs more than 1000 kilos, and is decorated with 6000 crystals and 48 lightbulbs. Thumbs way up on recreating this important detail!

The production features lots of Chinese stars of stage and screen: Ayanga, Liu Lingfei, and He Liangchen will share duties on the title character in highly anticipated performances. (The theater will not reveal which cast member will be on which date, just in case some shows sell out fast and 黄牛 go crazy. If you're there for a certain actor, be prepared to roll the dice.)

The Shanghai show dates will be from May 2 to June 4. Ticket price ranges from 280rmb to 1280rmb. Some dates and areas are already sold out.

Check out what's available through Smartticket .

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Deadheads, ballerinas and Mick Jagger: As 2023 winds down, revisit a memorable handful of the thousands of images commissioned by our photo editors that capture the year in culture.

Compiled by Marysa Greenawalt ,  Laura O’Neill ,  Jolie Ruben and Amanda Webster

“I was not so much interested in the way this mother mimicked the Nativity scene because the parallels were evident. I was looking to capture a genuine moment of engagement with the family. The story about Dollywood was about the decadence of Christmas decorations, but it was also about the way families share time together.” — Stacy Kranitz

“As a kid who grew up racing go-karts, I had dreamed of attending an F1 race. Still, I had no idea what to expect in Miami. With a fake marina, a fake beach club and a set by Post Malone, the event was more over-the-top than I could have anticipated. So I was extra excited when I stumbled onto moments like this one, removed from all the glitz and glamour of the weekend.” — Scott Rossi

“On the night I met Judd, I think she was still mourning the loss of her mother, but she was very calm and stoic as she carried on with the opening night of the tour without her. Here, we were in her dressing room together. I wanted to show the focused, almost trance-like state she was in as she powered through the loss and carried on with the show. (She sprayed the hair spray for over 60 seconds, and we were surrounded by fumes.)” — Thea Traff

“Tom Cruise seemed to have a moment of primal connection with nearly everyone in the room. Here you can see him embracing Jamie Lee Curtis as Steven Spielberg, Hong Chau and Michelle Williams wait in the wings.” — Sinna Nasseri

“I’ve long admired Jason Moran as a full, ranging, complex Black musician who is committed to caring for our Black musical histories. Getting the opportunity to photograph him in his home was a serious honor. Watching him play the piano, his limber fingers gliding across the keys faster than my eyes could follow, was meditative and transfixing, like watching the whirling dervishes.” — Gioncarlo Valentine

“Shooting dance can be difficult because things move very quickly. When I saw the dancers enter this particular position, I knew I had to ask them to hold it for a photo, because it exemplified their relationship with one another, onstage and off.” — OK McCausland

“Hong was part of a New York Times Oscars portfolio on Asian American nominees, and I wanted the little pocket mirror Hong is holding to represent the piercing and nuanced reflections these artists gave to us through their movies.” — Justin J Wee

“We were at Wo Hop in Manhattan’s Chinatown, and the room was so small that only the director, camera operator, assistant director and I could squeeze into a corner without appearing on camera. The costume design alongside the colorful space was unbelievable — and surrounded by only the cast and extras, it strangely felt like I was transported to the ’60s!” — Heather Sten

“Maybe these were Swifties or possibly Swifties’ parents. Either way, these particular fans seemed content enjoying the concert from afar.” — Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet

“This photo was taken during a rehearsal, and watching the projectionist work in real time — watching him adjust and refine his technique — was illuminating. The amount of work and precision juxtaposed with the gesture and improvisational quick nature of his drawings really drew me in.” — Lila Barth

“A light snow dusted the ground as the cast and crew of ‘Rust’ prepared for the first scene of the rebooted production at the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana. When photographing performances or film sets, I aim to step back and create images that show the elements of the filmmaking process overall. There’s an obvious subtext here, but the context — the Montana landscape, the crew, the equipment — is an important counterweight to balance it.” — Todd Heisler

“There is a moment in the production when Greg Tannahill, who played Peter Pan, goes ‘flying’ with intentional haphazardness through the air while harnessed in a flying rig. This skillfully performed moment of planned chaos goes by in the blink of an eye, so I took advantage of every single frame before, during and after the scene. The show is about chaos, so I had no choice but to embrace it and try to anticipate and chase this moment. It all happened so fast I didn’t have time to think, I had to just shoot.” — Dolly Faibyshev

“The life of Chita Rivera is defined by movement. When I photographed her, at age 90, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect of the legendary Broadway star. The moment she stepped into frame, her charisma and energy filled the room. Onstage, Chita is timeless.” — Philip Montgomery

“I photographed John at his ranch a few hours outside of LA. It was a very warm, dry day, and at the end of the shoot, I motioned to the pool and asked John, ‘How does swimming sound?’” — Chantal Anderson

“I was amazed by how embodied Trenary was. I thought a principal ballerina might be very controlled, but she was so raw and authentic both as a person and in the way she danced.” — Thea Traff

“All the dancers moved so gracefully, I genuinely felt like I was photographing actual birds. I wanted to be as close to the dancers as possible to feel like I was a part of the flock. In this frame, the dancer on the sand was the first one to move away from the group: just like any bird that suddenly leaves the flock and the other follows after.” — Amir Hamja

“Dead shows are one of the few places where I can find myself completely enveloped in my own world yet feel connected to the thousands around me by a single thread of music. I wasn’t exactly thinking about that when I took this photo, but this woman exemplified that feeling perfectly. It’s a feeling that keeps us coming back show after show after show after show.” — Peter Fisher

“Elizabeth is someone who holds such grace and height that just exudes so magnetically on set. We were winding down, and I asked her if she could turn to her profile. The shape that her entire body held — neck extended, looking into the light — I knew that was the last shot.” — Jingyu Lin

“I attended U.F.O. Days as a kid, many years before I was a photographer. Returning to Elmwood for this shoot around a theme that’s long held America’s attention was a great way to reconnect with a place that’s always captivated my memory.” — Erinn Springer

“I wanted to create an image that shows the face he puts on for a crowd. I think this result is effective because it’s both performative and weird!” — Thea Traff

“Even though these kids are on a world stage, they are able to lose themselves while they wait in line to enter their classroom. They don’t notice me or my camera; they are completely living in the moment.” — OK McCausland

“This was a light test and the first shot that afternoon — one of those happy accidents. She hit her mark, brought her hands together and took a breath. I checked my focus, framed my shot and took a breath. Then, both of us now composed, we began.” — Erik Carter

“This was my attempt at capturing the voyeuristic nature of the audience in this production. In the final scene, they are very aware that they are watching something unfair unfold. I thought this view, paired with the enormity of the set and the color, showed an interesting angle on the production.” — Lila Barth

“John Stamos was the most energetic person I photographed this year, hands down. He was constantly in motion, cycling through poses and ideas. Once in a while, he’d flash me a look that seemed to stop the Earth’s rotation.” — Sinna Nasseri

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A Look Back at 2023

 On Our Minds:  Films, TV shows, art and an A.I.-generated SpongeBob. Here are the cultural artifacts that we couldn’t stop thinking about in 2023 .

 Performances: Whether on stage or on TV, entertainment pushed our critics  to explore the power of emotions .

 TV Episodes: “Bob’s Burgers,” “Frontline,” “Killing It” and “A Spy Among Friends” were among the series that gave us some of 2023’s best episodes of television .

 Style: Some had great hair. Some had singular accessories. Here are the most stylish people (and a couple of things) who caught our attention in 2023 .

 Music: What were the best pop albums of 2023? Our chief pop music critic runs through some of his favorite ones .

Movies: We looked at the best in science fiction, horror, action and international films , all available to stream.

 Food: As we scouted the best restaurants across the United States , these were some of the most impressive dishes  we tasted this year.

 Books: Our staff book critics reflected  on the titles that stuck with them this year .

 Your Picks:  New York Times readers had plenty of thoughts about the books , TV shows, music and movies that stood out in 2023. They shared them with us .

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