The Phantom of the Opera

Watch Now: The Phantom of the Opera Celebrates 34 Years on Broadway

The longest-running show in Broadway history is celebrating another milestone. On January 26, 2022, The Phantom of the Opera celebrated 34 years at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre. At the end of the show, Ben Crawford, the man behind the title character’s mask, gave a speech in honor of the show’s 34th Broadway anniversary as well as detailing the number of jobs The Phantom of the Opera has provided to arts workers.

Broadway’s blockbuster phenomenon, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by the late Harold Prince, is one of the world’s all-time most successful entertainment properties. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, The Phantom of the Opera has been the longest-running show in Broadway history for well over a decade, and its astounding longevity in New York and around the world is unprecedented. On Broadway alone, the musical has played an unheard of more than 13,000 performances to 19 million people at the Majestic Theatre.

The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic, haunting, and soaring score includes “The Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” “Masquerade” and the iconic title song. It tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of The Paris Opera House. Mesmerized by the talents and beauty of the young soprano Christine, The Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness, and passions collide.

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