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

by | Sep 16, 2022 | Stock Market

It’s over now, the music of the night. “The Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s longest-running show, will close at the end of the year, multiple sources told the New York Post.  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical plans to play through the holidays, and then cap off its storied run at the end of December. I suspect the final performance will be Dec. 31 as the show’s iconic “Masquerade” number is set around New Year’s Eve.

Other sources claim the show will close in the spring after a large 35th anniversary bash. “Phantom,” sources said, has struggled to recover since it reopened in October 2021 following the pandemic closure, and is losing some $1 million a month.  When reached by The Post, a “Phantom” rep denied that the musical is closing. Since its opening night on Jan. 26, 1988, the show, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, has played 13,733 performances over nearly 35 years.  Broadway’s second-longest-running show, the revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “Chicago,” is well behind in the race, having been running 25 years and playing 10,090 performances. Lloyd Webber’s lush songs (with lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe), Harold Prince’s innovative staging, Gillian Lynne’s balletic choreography and the lavish set and costume designs by Maria Björnson are seared into the minds …

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