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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA to Celebrate 10,000th Performance with Saturday Matinee, Feb 11




Unprecedented milestone follows the musical’s
24th Anniversary on Thursday, January 26

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Company, Inc., will yet again make theater history when it celebrates its 10,000th performance on Saturday, February 11 at 2PM, a feat achieved by no other Broadway show.  The milestone follows the musical phenomenon celebrating its equally unprecedented 24th Anniversary on Thursday, January 26 at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street).  The historic 10,000th performance will benefit The Actors Fund.

{module ad_left_body}THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 with its 7,486th performance (surpassing the previous record-holder Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, also produced by Mackintosh).   Incredibly, since breaking that record, PHANTOM has played both an additional 6 years and 2,500 performances – which by itself would be a smash hit run for a Broadway musical.  Entering its 25th year on January 26, the Broadway production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA remains a box office champ and continues to play with no end in sight. 

On Broadway, since its debut on January 26, 1988, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has grossed $845 million, making it the highest-grossing show in Broadway history.  Earlier this month, the production shattered the house record at The Majestic by having its best weekly gross in its entire 24-year history.  For the week ending January 1, 2012, the production grossed a phenomenal $1,460,005.59 for 8 performances.  Total attendance is over 14.7 million.

Its international success – equally staggering – is represented by total worldwide grosses estimated at over $5.6 billion.  This colossal figure makes PHANTOMthe most successful entertainment venture of all time, with revenues higher than any film or stage play in history, including Titanic, Star Wars and far surpassing the world’s highest-grossing film Avatar (at $2.7 billion).  Worldwide, over 65,000 performances have been seen by 130 million people in 27 countries and 145 cities in 13 languages.  The flagship London production, which opened in 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, celebrated 25 years in October.

There are currently six productions around the world: London, New York, Budapest (Hungary), Kyoto (Japan), Johannesberg (South Africa) and a revised production in Las Vegas at The Venetian.  In March 2012, Cameron Mackintosh’s all-new production of the musical will launch a UK National Tour.

The London production, which celebrated 10,000 performances in October 2010, celebrated 25 Years in October 2011 with a special production at The Royal Albert Hall.  On Tuesday, February 7, a live recording will be released on CD by Decca and a DVD of the event will be released by Universal Home Entertainment.

The show has won more than 60 major theater awards, including seven 1988 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and three Olivier Awards in the West End.  The original cast recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time.  In September 2010, student productions of PHANTOM started being licensed through R&H Theatricals, and so far have been performed at hundreds of high schools and colleges across the U.S. and in Canada.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERAtells the story of a masked figure (Mr. Panaro) who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine (Ms. Moldovan with Ms. Raab at certain performances), and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince.  Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan.  Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne.  Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA stars Hugh Panaro in the title role with Trista Moldovan as Christine and Kyle Barisich as Raoul.  The musical also co-stars Aaron Galligan-Stierle (Monsieur André), Kevin Ligon (Monsieur Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Cristin J. Hubbard (Madame Giry), Christian Šebek (Piangi) and heather McFadden (Meg Giry).  At certain performances, Marni Raab plays Christine. 

The performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Monday evenings at 8PM, Tuesday evenings at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8PM, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM.  Ticket prices range from $26.50 - $131.50 with Premium Tickets also available.  To order tickets, visit or call (212) 239-6200.
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