The curtain falls for the last time on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. On Friday, September 16, it was confirmed via the Broadway show’s official website that the musical will conclude its historic run on February 18, 2023 at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running production in Broadway history – on January 26 the show celebrates its 35th anniversary.
The production’s current cast includes Ben Crawford as The Phantom, Emilie Kouatchou as Christine, John Riddle as Raoul, Nehal Joshi as Monsieur André and Craig Bennett as Monsieur Firmin. Seth Sklar-Heyn is the director of the show and will remain so until the end. By the end of the show, 13,925 performances will have been played.
As reported by Playbill, the show’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, issued a statement about the end of the Broadway performance of The Phantom of the Opera. (POPSUGAR reached out to Mackintosh representatives but did not receive an immediate response.)
“As a British producer fortunate enough to have been producing in New York for over 40 consecutive years, it was an unprecedented honor to host the longest-running musical in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. to have presented,” the producer said. “That this legendary show has wowed New York for almost 35 phenomenal years is quite amazing to me. As a producer, you dream of a show running forever. In fact, my production of Andrew’s ‘Cats’ has proudly declared ‘Now and Forever’ for decades.’ But “Phantom” surpassed that show’s extraordinary Broadway performance. But all shows eventually close, and after lengthy discussions between The Shuberts, The Really Useful Group, Andrew and myself, we decided that the timing for “Phantom” was right. following the show was its 35th birthday on February 18th – a double celebration of Phantom’s phenomenal success.”
Although the show will no longer light Broadway, productions of The Phantom of the Opera continue around the world in places like London and Melbourne.