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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ to shut on Broadway subsequent 12 months

“The Phantom of the Opera” — Broadway’s longest-running present — is scheduled to shut in February 2023, the largest sufferer but of the post-pandemic softening in theater attendance in New York.

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The musical — a fixture on Broadway since 1988, weathering recessions, battle and cultural shifts — will play its closing efficiency on Broadway on Feb. 18, a spokesperson instructed The Related Press on Friday. The closing will come lower than a month after its thirty fifth anniversary. It is going to conclude with an eye-popping 13,925 performances.

It’s a pricey musical to maintain, with elaborate units and costumes in addition to a big solid and orchestra. Field workplace grosses have fluctuated because the present reopened after the pandemic — going as excessive as over $1 million per week but additionally dropping to round $850,000. Final week, it hit $867,997 and producers could have seen the writing on the wall.

Based mostly on a novel by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells the story of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera Home and falls head over heels in love with an harmless younger soprano, Christine. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lavish songs embrace “Masquerade,” “Angel of Music,” “All I Ask of You” and “The Music of the Night time.”

Costumes from the Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” are displayed on the “Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Display” exhibit, benefitting the Costume Trade Coalition Restoration Fund, in Occasions Sq.. (Photograph by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

“As a producer you dream {that a} present will run eternally. Certainly, my manufacturing of Andrew’s ‘Cats’ proudly declared for many years ‘Now and Endlessly.’ But ‘Phantom’ has surpassed that present’s extraordinary Broadway run. However all reveals do lastly shut,” producer Cameron Waterproof coat mentioned in a press release.

The primary manufacturing opened in London in 1986 and since then the present has been seen by greater than 145 million folks in 183 cities and carried out in 17 languages over 70,000 performances. On Broadway alone, the musical has performed greater than 13,500 performances to 19 million folks at The Majestic Theatre.

The closing of “Phantom” would imply the longest operating present crown would go to “Chicago,” which began in 1996. “The Lion King” is subsequent, having begun performances in 1997.

Broadway took a pounding throughout the pandemic, with all theaters closed for greater than 18 months. A few of the hottest reveals — “Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and “Depraved” — have rebounded effectively, however different reveals have struggled. Breaking even normally requires a gentle stream of vacationers, particularly for “Phantom” and guests to the town haven’t returned to pre-pandemic ranges.

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