When Gaston Leroux wrote his classic novel, “Le Fantome de L’Opera”, he had no idea how popular it would become. The highly acclaimed Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera” is based on Leroux’s 1911 novel. The story tells of a masked phantom that prowls beneath the Paris Opera House, creating a sense of fear and mystery to all who come in the doors. He then falls in love with Christine, a young soprano, and devotes himself to helping her become a star. He does this by being a supporter of her talents and by other devious means that he employs.
“The Phantom of the Opera” is now the longest-running show in Broadway history. The Really Useful Company, Inc, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this remarkable show on January 26, 2013. There will be a special Gala Performance that night beginning at 6:30 pm at The Majestic Theatre. More details on this unprecedented event will be revealed in the coming weeks. Tickets for Phantom of the Opera on Broadway will be sold fast, so any interested fan should plan on buying them as soon as possible.
“The Phantom of the Opera” actually emerged as the longest running show that Broadway had ever seen on January 9, 2006. Its 7,486th performance even passed up “Cats”, which was previously the longest running show. Phantom went on to play for an additional six and a half years and 2,800 performances.
Tickets for Phantom of the Opera on Broadway have grossed over $875 million. The show continues to rank among Broadway’s highest grossing shows. The musical had its best weekly gross sales ever earlier this year, breaking another house record.
“The Phantom of the Opera” is not only popular in America. Its total worldwide gross is estimated to be over $5.6 billion. This means the Phantom is the most successful form of entertainment ever. It has surpassed “Star Wars”, “Avatar” and “Titanic” in gross sales. 130 million people in 28 countries have seen over 65,000 performances of the Phantom.
London, New York, Budapest, Tokyo and Manila all play productions of this musical. The next international opening is planned to debut in December in Seoul, Korea.
The London production of the show opened in 1986 and celebrated its 25 year anniversary in October of 2011. A live recording of that event was released on CD earlier this year. Universal Home Entertainment also released a DVD of the event.
The Phantom’s Awards
“The Phantom of the Opera” continues to win awards, including seven 1988 Tony Awards, including one for the Best Musical. It has also won three Olivier Awards, with a total of 60 major theater awards under its belt. The original cast recording is the best selling cast recording of all time and has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
Don’t miss the anniversary of this remarkable show. Purchase tickets for Phantom of the Opera on Broadway as soon as possible.
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