First debuting in London’s West End in 1984 and on Broadway in 1986, this dark and brooding musical took the theater world by storm. Winning numerous Olivier and Tony Awards the years of its performance, most notable among them being Best Musical in both countries.
Since January 1988, The Phantom of the Opera has been running consistently on Broadway as the longest-running show and musical (currently just shy of 13,000 performances) and is the second-longest running show in the West End. Worldwide, it is estimated to have garnered over $5.6 billion, making it the second highest grossing musical after The Lion King.
Even after its long run, critics are quick to praise the way the music never seems to age. The stunning set design still evokes an eerie journey back in time to late eighteen hundreds France with a floating gondola, crashing chandelier, and gorgeous staircase. The beautiful music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe are still some of the most popular and beloved songs on Broadway. Titles such as “Think of Me” and “Phantom of the Opera” are familiar even to those who have never seen the musical.
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The musical is a favorite worldwide and has been “cloned”, or performed with the original design and costumes, etc. at most of its international shows. Performances in other countries have chosen to make the show their own through putting an original spin on them. Shown in 30 countries, many of the performances were translated into the local languages and had runs lasting several seasons. This truly is one of the world’s favorite musicals.
Is It a Good Option For the Whole Family?
While many musicals are an ideal way to get the whole family out together, the best parts of the Phantom of the Opera – the scariness and gothic romance – are also what might make it less appealing for young children. The show is famous for its story of obsessive love, murder, jump scares, and general air of suspense and shadows. Consider your own children’s affinity for the scary and creepy, and be your own guide as to whether they will enjoy the story.
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Come see the “fantasy and fun” (New York Times) that has kept audiences of The Phantom of the Opera transfixed for over three decades running. Be a part of the legacy, and experience the love, longing, and musical passion of the famous Phantom of the Opera today!