© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Solid members stand on the stage after acting on the re-opening evening of “Phantom of the Opera” on the Majestic Theater in New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., October 22, 2021. Image taken October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
By Danielle Broadway
(Reuters) – “The Phantom of the Opera (NASDAQ:),” the longest-running present on Broadway, is ready to shut on Feb. 18, 2023 resulting from a pointy drop in ticket gross sales even after New York theaters reopened following the pandemic lockdown.
“Phantom” is a staple throughout the Broadway world with over 70 main theater wins and 13,733 performances since its debut in 1988. Regardless of its legacy, the New York Put up reported that the present was shedding $1 million a month.
Followers mourned the information throughout social media, reflecting on what the present has meant to thespians and audiences alike. In January, the present forged Emilie Kouatchou as its first Black American actress to painting the lead function of Christine. The choice broke racial limitations and made Broadway historical past however her performances might be short-lived.
The musical will rejoice its thirty fifth anniversary in January adopted by a last Broadway efficiency on Feb. 18.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” relies on the basic novel by Gaston Leroux and was initially directed by Harold Prince. Broadway legends together with Michael Crawford, who was the primary to play the Phantom, Sarah Brightman, Judy Kaye and others have taken main roles within the present.
“Phantom” tells the nineteenth century story of aspiring opera singer Christine Daae who’s taught by the mysterious Phantom to hone her vocal expertise. Nonetheless, issues take a darkish flip when the Phantom chooses Christine as his muse, and she or he falls in love with an arts benefactor named Raoul.