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the Phantom of the OperaThe longest-running show in Broadway history—closing after its 35th anniversary, New York Post And this new York Times reported on Friday, as the theater industry has largely failed to recover from the pandemic.

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a spokesperson told Times He Phantom After celebrating its 35th anniversary in January, it will close on 18 February.

Cast and crew were informed of the decision on Friday Times.

Other productions of the musical will continue around the world, including the long-running London Show.

Although sales Phantom’s Broadway runs were strong when theaters reopened after the Covid-19 lockdown, dwindling viewership, according to TimesAnd this Post It is reported that production is losing about $1 million a month.

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13,733. how many performances Phantom played according to Post, which was the first to report the closure. Broadway's second longest running show, Chicago Revival, has made 10,090 performances in 25 years.

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Based on the 1910 French novel, Phantom London's West End opened in 1986 and on Broadway two years later. Its music is written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 1988 it won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 2012, it became the first show to have 10,000 shows on Broadway.

'Phantom of the Opera' to close on Broadway after 34 years: Sources (New York Post)

'Phantom of the Opera', Broadway's longest running show, is about to close (new York Times)