Broadway’s longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera, is coming to a close next year, after 35 years on stage.
The final performance is set to take place in February 2023, having been performed in New York since 1988.
The closure, on February 18 next year, comes less than a month after the show celebrates its 35th anniversary, concluding after a staggering 13,925 performances.
For the uninitiated, Phantom of the Opera, based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, tells the tale of a composer who haunts the Paris opera house and falls for a young soprano.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs in the production include Masquerade, Angel of Music, All I Ask of You and The Music of the Night.
Announcing the news on its website, a statement from the company read: ‘We are sad to confirm that after 35 years on Broadway, Phantom will play its final performance at the Majestic Theatre on Saturday February 18th, 2023.
‘Tickets are currently on sale for performances through January 22nd, 2023, and we expect the final block of tickets to be placed on sale shortly.’
Phantom of the Opera will pass its longest-running crown to Chicago, which began in 1996, with The Lion King following the year after.
Last year, Phantom of the Opera permanently closed in London’s West End, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the time, producer Cameron Mackintosh told The Evening Standard: ‘Andrew [Lloyd-Webber] and I have had to sadly permanently shut own our London and UK touring productions of The Phantom Of The Opera.’
He added: ‘But [we] are determined to bring it back to London in the future.’
Lloyd-Webber, who wrote the musical, remained hopeful that it will make a comeback, adding on Twitter: ‘As far as I’m concerned, Phantom will reopen as soon as is possible.’
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