Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group have announced a week of festivities for when the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera, directed by Harold Prince, celebrates its 30th Anniversary next week. This unprecedented milestone is a feat achieved by no other Broadway show and will feature major partnerships with Twitter, the Empire State Building and the non-profit Musicians on Call, among several other collateral events.
While the anniversary date for Phantom’s New York premiere is January 26, the 30th Anniversary is being celebrated two days earlier on Wednesday, January 24. The evening will feature:
- 6PM Red Carpet* co-hosted by Broadway star (and the musical’s acclaimed former ‘Christine’) Sierra Boggess and notable author/commentator (as well as The Musical Company’s Vice President, Marketing) Imogen Lloyd Webber. The duo will speak on the red carpet with Phantom notables and guests, including Ms. Lloyd Webber’s first-ever interview with her composer father.
- 6:30 PM Gala performance featuring the attendance of Phantom creatives and alumni cast
- Special post-show Onstage Presentation* featuring musical numbers by surprise guest artists
- Private Gala party at Rainbow Room
Phantomhas partnered with fellow New York City masterpiece the Empire State Building for a spectacular Music-To-Light Show* during the Gala party. At 11PM sharp, a custom-designed light show by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman will illuminate the tower lights of the iconic building synchronized to a special arrangement of music from PHANTOM. Not only will the show be fully visible to Gala guests with a clear shot view from Rainbow Room, but to all New Yorkers looking up at the “World’s Most Famous Building,” as well as a global audience on Twitter @PhantomBway. Prior to the Music-to-Light Show, the iconic Empire State Building will be lit in blue and white in honor of the 30th Anniversary. The Empire State Building is owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.
To make the evening globally accessible to the public and the musical’s extremely dedicated ‘Phan’ community, Phantom has partnered with Twitter to showcase exclusive LIVE Anniversary streaming content at three important parts of the evening.
*The Red Carpet, Onstage Presentation and Empire State Building Music-to-Light Show will be streamed live and in their entireties. The public can follow along @PhantomBway.
On Monday morning, January 22, Phantom was honored when members of the cast, led by Peter Jöback (The Phantom), Ali Ewoldt (Christine) and Rodney Ingram (Raoul) ring the NASDAQ Opening Bell in their daily morning ceremony.
This morning January 24 at 11AM, stars Peter Jöback (The Phantom), Ali Ewoldt (Christine) and Rodney Ingram (Raoul) will participate in a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building, in advance of the Music-to-Light Show that night. The ceremony will also include the presentation of a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office marking 30 Years of Phantom on Broadway.
On Friday morning, January 26, viewers can tune into the 10AM (EST) hour of NBC’s The Today Show for an exclusive Phantom musical performance by stars Peter Jöback and Ali Ewoldt.
Marking the actual date of the 30th Anniversary, a special 2PM matinee is being held on January 26, in addition to the regular 8PM evening performance. To purchase tickets, visit www.Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.
The Phantom of The Opera enters its fourth decade having played 12,500 performances to 18 million people at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), and having grossed a staggering more than $1.1 billion. Phantom has been Broadway’s longest-running show for more than a decade and its astounding longevity in New York and around the world is unprecedented.
Leading the 30th Anniversary cast is international stage star and Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter Jöback. One of Sweden’s most prolific and respected artists, Mr. Jöback has earned rave reviews and ignited the box office for his performance as ‘The Phantom’ in London (2012), New York (2013) and two sold out engagements in his native Stockholm (2016). Mr. Jöback’s strictly limited return is through Saturday, March 31.
Mr. Jöback stars with Ali Ewoldt as ‘Christine’ and Rodney Ingram as ‘Raoul.’ Ms. Ewoldt made history in June 2016 when she became the first Asian-American actress to play the role of ‘Christine.’ Mr. Ingram, a dual citizen of the United State and Mexico, made headlines in April 2017 when he joined the cast as ‘Raoul.’
The musical also co-stars Laird Mackintosh as ‘Monsieur André,’ Craig Bennett as ‘Monsieur Firmin,’ Raquel Suarez Groen as ‘Carlotta,’ Carlton Moe as ‘Piangi,’ Maree Johnson as ‘Madame Giry’ and Kara Klein as ‘Meg Giry.’ At certain performances, Kaley Ann Voorhees plays the role of ‘Christine.’
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of The Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
The Phantom of The Opera is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Phantom of The Opera has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The performance schedule for The Phantom of The Opera is Monday evenings at 8, Tuesday evenings at 7, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8, with matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2. Ticket prices range from $29 – $155 with Premium Tickets also available. To order tickets, visit www.Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. A daily digital lottery with $40 tickets for all performances is available by visiting www.PhantomBroadwayLottery.com
Since its debut on January 26, 1988, the Broadway production of The Phantom of The Opera has played an unprecedented 30 Years and grossed over $1.1 billion with total attendance of 18 million. Entering its fourth decade, it remains a box office champ and continues to play with no end in sight.
The Phantom of The Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 with its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record-holder Cats, also by Andrew Lloyd Webber and also produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Incredibly, since breaking that record, Phantom has played both an additional 12 years and nearly 5,000 performances – which by itself would be a smash hit run for a Broadway musical.
On January 26, 2013 the Broadway production celebrated a milestone 25 Years. On November 28, 2016, it celebrated another historic achievement: becoming the first and only Broadway show to reach 12,000 performances. (By way of comparison, Phantom is ahead of Broadway’s second longest-running show, Chicago, by over 9 years and almost 4,000 performances.)
15 men have officially taken over the title role in the Broadway production. They are (in order): original star Michael Crawford, Timothy Nolen, Cris Groenendaal, Steve Barton, Kevin Gray, Mark Jacoby, Marcus Lovett, Davis Gaines, Thomas James O’Leary, Hugh Panaro, Howard McGillin, John Cudia, Peter Jöback, Norm Lewis and James Barbour. In addition, there have been five limited engagement replacements: Jeff Keller, Ted Keegan, Brad Little, Gary Mauer and Laird Mackintosh.
The Phantom of The Opera became the first stage production in history to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion, which it did in 2014. Revenues far surpass the world’s highest-grossing film Avatar (at $2.8 billion), as well as such other blockbusters as Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars.
Worldwide, a staggering 140 million people have seen The Phantom of The Opera in 37 countries and 174 cities in 16 languages.
The flagship London production of The Phantom of The Opera opened October 9, 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. In October 2016, it celebrated its 30th Anniversary and surpassed 12,500 performances. Its milestone 25th Anniversary in October 2011 was celebrated with a special production at London’s Royal Albert Hall. A live recording was released on CD by Decca and a DVD of the event was released by Universal Home Entertainment.
There are currently six productions of The Phantom of The Opera around the world: London, New York, Sapporo (Japan, in repertory), Budapest (Hungary, in repertory), Gothenburg (Sweden, non-replica) and Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production, now in its fifth year on North American Tour.
The musical has won more than 70 major theater awards, including seven 1988 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and three Olivier Awards plus the 2016 Olivier Audience Award in the West End. The original cast recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time. Since September 2010, thousands of high school and college student productions of Phantom have been licensed through R&H Theatricals.