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Our long theatrical night terror is over. No, Lea Michele still plays Fanny Brice, silly; it’s broadway The Phantom of the Opera it closes. Phantom, the longest-running show to ever perform on a Broadway stage, opened in 1988 at the Majestic Theater and will celebrate its 35th anniversary there in January. The show, directed by Hal Prince with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, was the first Broadway show to reach 10,000 performances – an honor it now shares with the revival of Chicago.
“It may be possible to have a terrible time at ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ but you’ll have to work at it”, New York Time theater critic Frank Rich wrote about the show’s opening in 1988. often succeeds, at all costs.
PhantomThe final Broadway performance will be February 18, 2023. Notably, Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of Cinderella was announced to begin performing on Broadway the same month. If there is an interval between the end of Phantom and start of Cinderellait will be the first time since 1976 that Broadway has not performed a Lloyd Webber production – unless Love never dies somehow manages to sneak past that.