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In that time span, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” has become a Broadway staple and has been performed around the world and has even become a high grossing Hollywood film. When “Phantom of the Opera” opened at the famous Majestic Theater in 1988, no one could predict the kind of impact it would have. Least of all to know its ultimate popularity was its creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Webber wrote the music, with the lyrics written by Hart and Stilgoe. In the original show that debuted on Broadway in 1988, The Phantom was played by Michael Crawford. The Phantom is an infatuated, mysterious character who troubles the Opera House and enthralls Christine, a fledgling singer played by then unknown Sarah Brightman. “Phantom” was a hit, even amidst controversy about Brightman’s being cast in the lead (she was married to Andrew Lloyd Webber at the time), and about production values (some musical numbers were prerecorded in a studio).
Over the next 25 years, the show would go on to break many records and gain exceptional popularity. Here are some facts and figures about one of Broadway’s biggest hits.
This Saturday, January the 26th, “Phantom of the Opera” will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a singular celebration performance at the Majestic Theater where it all started. The show will be starring Hugh Panaro as The Phantom. Panaro had 1,800 appearances as the title character on Broadway, and got his start in the show as Raoul in December of 1990. Sierra Boggess plays Christine for the first time in her illustrious career on Broadway.
The show promises to be a sensational night for all to come out and celebrate 25 years of history. If you can find “Phantom of the Opera” discount tickets, take the whole family out for a night of Broadway enchantment. You can also find deals in the form of an online Broadway theatre tickets. No matter how you get there, don’t miss this resplendent night on January the 26th and celebrate 25 years of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic take on “The Phantom of the Opera.” Twenty-five years only comes around once.
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