March 23, 2023

The Phantom of the Opera closing will be playing for the next and its last 5 months. It has been iconic and the longest-running show on Broadway since 1988. It will play its final performance on 18 February 2023.

After 35 years, the curtain is closing on the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. The show returned last September when the lights went up on Broadway after the pandemic constrained all creations to close down on March 12, 2020.

As per The Phantom of the Opera‘s official website, “Tickets are currently on sale for performances through January 22nd, 2023, and we expect the final block of tickets to be placed on sale shortly.”

After February, fans looking to see the musical life will have to travel to London, where the show will continue to run as it celebrates its 36th anniversary next month. The first Mandarin-language version of the show is also slated to open in China in 2023.

The show’s box office grosses have fluctuated since it reopened after the pandemic – going as high as over $1m (£876,000) a week but also dipping to around $850,000 (£744,600). After it hit $867,997 (£760,365) last week, producers may have seen the writing on the wall for its future.

The Plot

It is based on the novel by Gaston Leroux and features some of the most well-known musical songs including Masquerade, Angel Of Music, All I Ask Of You, and The Music Of The Night.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a statement: “As a producer, you dream that a show will run forever. Indeed, my production of Andrew’s Cats proudly declared for decades Now and Forever.”Yet Phantom has surpassed that show’s extraordinary Broadway run. But all shows do finally close.

Phantom of the Opera Closing
Pic Credit: Forbes

First opening in London in 1986, the show has since been seen by more than 145 million people in 183 cities and performed in 17 languages over 70,000 performances. It has played more than 13,500 performances to 19 million people at The Majestic Theatre on Broadway alone.

Reason For Phantom of the Opera closing

  • Post-Corona the audience reduced in New York’s theatres – coming less than a month after its 35th anniversary.
  • It was costly to sustain amid the enduring recessions, war, and cultural shifts.

Coronation for the Next Ruler

The closing of Phantom now means the longest-running show crown will go to Chicago, which first opened its doors in 1996, followed by The Lion King, having started performances in 1997.

The Lion King
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