The Phantom of the Opera – the longest-running show on Broadway – is reportedly slated to wrap up in February 2023, the biggest casualty yet of post-pandemic slowdown in New York’s theater attendance.
The musical — a Broadway staple since 1988 — will have its final Broadway performance in February, according to multiple reports, including the New York Times and the New York Post, which were first to report the news.
A spokesperson for the show did not respond to questions from The Associated Press.
It is an expensive musical, with lavish sets and costumes, and a large cast and orchestra.
Box office receipts have fluctuated since the show reopened after the pandemic — rising to over $1 million a week but also falling to around $850,000. It reached $867,997 last week and the producers may have seen the writing on the wall.
Based on a novel by Gaston Leroux, Phantom tells the story of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House and falls madly in love with the innocent young soprano Christine.
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s luscious songs include Masquerade, Angel Of Music, All I Ask Of You and The Music Of The Night.
The first production opened in London in 1986 and since then the show has been seen by more than 145 million people in 183 cities and performed in 17 languages in over 70,000 performances.
On Broadway alone, the musical has played more than 13,500 performances at The Majestic Theater to an audience of 19 million.
Phantom’s closure would mean the crown of the longest-running show would go to Chicago, which began in 1996. The Lion King is next, having started performing in 1997.
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Broadway took a hit during the pandemic with all theaters closed for more than 18 months. Breaking even usually requires a steady stream of tourists, especially to Phantom.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/the-phantom-of-the-opera-to-close-on-broadway-reports-say-41995757.html The Phantom of the Opera is set to close on Broadway, reports say