Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, which was set to close on Broadway in February, is extending its run.
Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, the show will now play through to 16 April 2023 at the Majestic Theatre, instead of the original closing date of 18 February 2023. The show will have played 13,981 performances by the time it closes.
The New York production, which is the longest running in Broadway history, will celebrate its 35th anniversary on 26 January 2023.
The show’s closing was originally announced in September, resulting in a big increase in ticket sales as audiences rushed to see the show a final time.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a press statement: “The response to the news that The Phantom of the Opera is finally going to end its record-breaking original Broadway run after 35 years has been as phenomenal as the show itself. We are all thrilled that not only the show’s wonderful fans have been snapping up the remaining tickets, but also that a new, younger audience is equally eager to see this legendary production before it disappears. Such is the demand for tickets that we are delighted to announce that The Shubert Organization has been able to arrange a final eight-week extension of the run at The Majestic Theatre.”
Composer of the show Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I am delighted that, after such an incredible reaction from audiences, Phantom at The Majestic is extending. If only the theatre wasn’t closing for a major refurbishment, we’d be there for an awful lot longer. I would love to thank everyone who has made this extension possible, from our cast and crew, to our brilliant musicians and everyone at The Majestic Theatre.”
The Broadway cast currently stars Ben Crawford as The Phantom, Emilie Kouatchou as Christine, Jason Forbach as Raoul (Paul Adam Schaefer returns December 7, and John Riddle returns January 2), Nehal Joshi as Monsieur André, Craig Bennett as Monsieur Firmin, Raquel Suarez Groen as Carlotta Giudicelli, Maree Johnson as Madame Giry, Carlton Moe as Ubaldo Piangi, and a rotating cast as Meg Giry including Sara Etsy. At certain performances Julia Udine plays the role of Christine.
The Broadway production opened on 26 January 1988, and is way ahead of the second longest-running Broadway show, Chicago, by 8 years.
The show has been seen by over 145 million people since it opened in London in 1986. Phantom is the West End’s third longest-running show, behind The Mousetrap and Les Miserables. It continues to play in London at Her Majesty’s Theatre, soon to be renamed His Majesty’s Theatre following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, direction by Harold Prince, choreography by Gillian Lynne, and set and costume designs by Maria Björnson.