‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Broadway’s longest-running show, is closing at end of the year: sources

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It’s over now, music of the night.

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“The Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s Longest Running ShowWill close at the end of the year, multiple sources told the New York Post.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical plans to play through the holidays, and then finish its story at the end of December. I suspect the final performance will be on December 31st because the show’s iconic “Masquerade” number is set around New Year’s Eve.

Other sources claim that the show will kick off in the spring after a massive 35th anniversary celebration.

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“The Phantom,” the sources said, has struggled to recover since reopening in October 2021 after the pandemic closed, and is losing about $1 million a month.

When reached by The Post, a “Phantom” representative denied that the music was taking off.

Since its opening night on January 26, 1988, the show, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, has produced 13,733 appearances over nearly 35 years.

Broadway’s second-longest running show, a revival of John Kinder and Fred Ebb’s “Chicago,” is well behind the race, running for 25 years and making 10,090 performances.

Lloyd Webber’s lush lyrics (with lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgo), Harold Prince’s innovative staging, Gillian Lynn’s ballet choreography and gorgeous set and costume designs by Maria Björnsson have been ingrained in the minds of generations of theater-goers.

“Phantom” first opened on Broadway with its native London stars, Michael Crawford as the masked romantic and Sarah Brightman as his beloved soprano Christine. The production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Actor and Best Musical for Crawford.

Ben Crawford is currently playing the role of Phantom and Emily Kouchau is Christine Day.

A flop movie version starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum was released in 2004.

Lloyd Webber also cast a failed sequel in 2010 in London called “Love Never Dies”, which toured but never reached Broadway.

British musician Andrew Lloyd Webber wears the “Phantom of the Opera” mask as he attends the 74th Annual Tony Awards on September 26, 2021 in New York City.

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“Phantom” continues to play at Her Majesty’s Theater in London – soon to be renamed Her Majesty’s Theater after the death of Queen Elizabeth II – and recently some of its original staging was modified.

This could be a clue to the future of music. While this “Phantom” will be shutting down for good in December, it won’t be shocking to see it back in a much cheaper iteration in a few years. The Macintosh made the same maneuver with London’s “Les Miso”.it isRabbles” at Queen’s Theater. New director, slimmer set, more guesswork.

For now, the Schubert outfit will be pleased. Home of the best musicals on Broadway, the Majestic Theater is finally free after nearly four decades. Instead of the $1 million from “Phantom” the right show could make $3 million a week.

In fact, Schubert president Bob Wankel wanted Majestic for the upcoming musical “Some Like It Hot”, but was reluctant to give “Phantom” the boot. Schubert currently has about 350 fewer seats in the theater where the new show is playing.

Lloyd Webber may be back on Broadway soon. New York is in its sights after playing Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theater this winter, the terrifyingly funny London Palladium’s revival of her “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

And a revised Broadway version of the composer’s musical “Cinderella” at the Imperial Theater will be announced as of next week.

For now, though, it’s time to pack up the chandelier.

This story originally appeared as a special on the New York Post website.

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