The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera: History and Facts Infographic

Now in its 34th year, The Phantom of the Opera is the Broadway musical all others are measured against. The timeless story, the unforgettable score, an undeniable obsession that could never die. Experience the haunting love story that has captivated New York and the world. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerizing score, along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life eight times a week. As Broadway’s longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera continues to captivate audiences nightly.

The Phantom of the Opera History and Facts. Opened at the Majestic Theatre on January 26, 1988. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running Broadway show. Number of seats in the Majestic Theatre: 1,559. The Broadway production costed a then-record setting $8 million to produce. The same production today would cost $20 million. The Phantom of the Opera played for over 140 million people in 35 countries in 166 cities with an estimated gross of $6 billion. The Phantom of the Opera has been translated into fifteen languages. The dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads consisting of 35 beads to each string. Each performance uses 250 KG of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines. The Phantom makeup takes 2 hours to put on and 30 minutes to take off. There are 19 official cast recordings. The Phantom of the Opera surpassed Cats as the longest running show on Broadway in 2006 with 7,486 performances. The show has been the largest single generator of income and jobs in Broadway and US theatrical history. The Phantom of the Opera has won seven Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. Sources include Wikipedia, thephantomoftheopera.com, playbill.com, and broadwaydirect.com.

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