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'The Phantom of the Opera' - Broadway's Longest-Running Show Still Has Legs


'The Phantom of the Opera' - Broadway's Longest-Running Show Still Has Legs

Howard McGillen

Photo by Joan Marcus

101 Words About This Show:

The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in January 1988, and has been slaying them ever since, literally.

The longest-running musical, Phantom is set in the Paris of 1881. It’s the story of a disfigured genius driven to gain the love and recognition he believes he deserves through promoting, at any cost, the career of his protégé, Christine.

Phantom won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction. Director Hal Prince checks in regularly, and it shows. Though it’s as old as some audience members, Phantom remains opening-night crisp.

Who’s Who and What’s What:

Phantom is the work of composer and co-book writer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose work includes Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, and a whole lot more.

If you see the show, you’ll understand why Prince won the Tony for directing, and Maria Bjornson won for Scenic Design and Costumes.

The spectacle alone is worth the price of admission, but performances are consistently strong. And take note of George Lee Andrews as Monsieur Andre, he’s been with the show since it opened.

Where and When:

  • Majestic Theatre
    247 West 44th Street
  • Show Times and Tickets
  • Opening: January 26, 1988
  • Closing: Open-ended run
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (including intermission)

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