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The Phantom of the Opera

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Majestic Theatre

247 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Duration
2hrs, 30mins
1 Intermission
Important Dates
Preview
Jan 09, 1988
Opening
Jan 26, 1988
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterwork is a timeless story of seduction and despair.

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Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted into countless films, The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man. Audiences agree—The Phantom of the Opera is Broadway’s longest-running hit. Ever.

Critics’ Reviews

Phantom rules! It remains as fresh and spectacular as ever. Andrew Lloyd Webber's score has a visceral tug more than almost any score written in the past 20 years. Beautiful and romantic, I have to tip my hat: The Phantom of the Opera has aged divinely.

Review by Roma Torre from NY1

Phantom still delivers the goods! Judging by sheer invention, emotional punch and onstage talent, the venerable blockbuster still beats out almost all of the shippersnappers currently on Broadway. Maria Bjornson's flamboyant gothic design and Harold Prince's fantastical staging still have the gleam of finely polished professionalism.

Review by Jason Zinoman from The New York Times

Cast & Creative

Cast

  • The Phantom
    James Barbour
  • Christine
    Ali Ewoldt
  • Raoul
    Jordan Donica
  • Carlotta
    Michele McConnell
  • Madame Giry
    Rebecca Eichenberger
  • Monsieur Andre
    Laird Mackintosh
  • Meg Giry
    Kara Klein
  • Monsieur Firmin
    Craig Bennett
  • Piangi
    Christian Sebek
  • Christine (alternate)
    Rachel Eskenazi-Gold
  • Piangi
    John Easterlin

Creative

  • Music
    Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Lyrics
    Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe
  • Director
    Harold Prince
  • Book
    Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Choreographer
    Gillian Lynne
  • Set and Costume Designer
    Maria Bjornson
  • Lighting Designer
    Andrew Bridge
  • Sound Designer
    Martin Levan

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s The Phantom of the Opera Like?
Both romantic and scary, The Phantom of the Opera is a thrilling night of theater with grand emotions. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score, with its beloved signature song “Music of the Night,” sets the mood, but you may also find yourself humming the gorgeous period costumes and simple yet grand sets (even the famous chandelier, which probably falls slower than you’d expect, is a thrill).

Is The Phantom of the Opera Good for Kids?
Grand opera and lush romance might not be their cup of tea. And the Phantom is a frightening guy. There are old-fashioned scare moments throughout—a dead corpse plunging from a noose, shrieking-for-their-lives ballerinas, that disfigured face... Such sights will either send your kid burying their face in your arm or thinking it’s the coolest show in town.