Broadway will look a bit completely different within the coming 12 months: The long-running present “Phantom of the Opera” will drop its chandelier for the final time in early 2023 and the immensely fashionable revival of “The Music Man” may also shut initially of the brand new 12 months.
Whereas “Phantom,” the longest-running present in Broadway historical past, has seemingly been part of the Theater District panorama without end – it opened within the West Finish in 1986 and on the Nice White Means in 1988 – no present, even “The Fantasticks” – runs without end.
Theatergoers have been sluggish to return to Broadway and, whereas the Andrew Lloyd Weber extravaganza had a robust return, Phantom’s producers stated that ticket gross sales haven’t been enough to cowl the price of working the present.
In the meantime, “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, will shut on January 1 after the present’s producers determined to not recast the leads after the 2 stars go away the corporate.
On the time of its closing, the revival can have performed 358 common and 46 preview performances.
When it opened, “Phantom” starred Michael Crawford because the Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine Daaé.
The present’s prologue takes place on the Paris Opéra Home the place an public sale of outdated theater memorabilia is in progress. The subsequent lot – Lot 666 – is an outdated chandelier that’s related to “the unusual affair of the Phantom of the Opera, a thriller by no means totally defined.” When the chandelier is turned on, it ascends to the ceiling that restores the opera home to its former grandeur, permitting the orchestra to carry out the now memorable overture.
“Phantom” simply hit the 13,500 mark in performances and has been seen by just below 20 million folks in the midst of its run.
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