|PHANTOM to return to Broadway 10/22; tix on sale this Fri 5/7|
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|ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH ANNOUNCE THE
NEW YORK RETURN OF
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
THE LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW IN BROADWAY HISTORY
TO RESUME PERFORMANCES
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 AT THE MAJESTIC THEATRE
New York, NY – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh today announced that THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the longest-running show in Broadway history, would resume performances on Friday, October 22. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 7 at 9AM.
Directed by the late theater legend Harold Prince, PHANTOM will re-open at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), the musical’s New York home for all 33 record-breaking years. As much a part of the city landscape as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA remains an iconic New York City landmark.
The acclaimed New York cast and Broadway’s largest orchestra – on pause since Broadway’s industry-wide shut down last March due to Covid-19 – will return with the production.
Cameron Mackintosh said today, “Never in a million years last March could we have imagined that all of Broadway would be shuttered for nearly a year and a half, but I am thrilled that today we can announce THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will return in all its gorgeous splendor to The Majestic Theatre this October. It has been an extraordinarily difficult time for the 125 people who work on stage, backstage, in the orchestra pit and the front of house at The Majestic, but I am overjoyed that we will all be together again this fall as Broadway’s longest-running show of all-time resumes its unprecedented run as one of New York’s true landmarks.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber added, “I am a proud Brit, but Broadway has always been my spiritual home. To have PHANTOM lead the effort to bring our beloved community back to the stage is a moment of immense pride for me. The only heartache is that Hal will not be with us, but when we all return for our first performance on October 22, I know his spirit will be there, cheering our cast, crew and orchestra on and welcoming audiences back to The Majestic Theatre.”
For five decades, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh have been committed to the success of the Broadway industry, in New York and across North America. In partnership, they have two of the five longest-running shows in Broadway history, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and CATS.
Ticket prices range from $29–$169, with Premium tickets also available. To order tickets and for complete performance and holiday schedules, visit www.Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.
BUY WITH CONFIDENCE
Buy tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA now for any performance through January 17, 2022 and you can either refund or exchange your tickets into any other date until two hours before the performance.
Broadway is committed to providing healthy and safe facilities for audiences, performers and staff. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, protocols may include mask enforcement, increased cleaning and ventilation/filtration enhancements, vaccination or negative test verification and more, as developed by the theater owners in conjunction with the State.
Although it has yet to be mandated, we anticipate that, at a minimum, all patrons will need to be masked, as will all front-of-house staff.
The anticipated opening date is subject to the approval of the NY State Department of Health and the Governor.
The approval of the Department of Health and the Governor will be based on the continuing growth of the fully vaccinated population, coupled with an ongoing decline in total Covid-19 cases and positivity rates.
The Department of Health and the Governor will review and approve health protocols in the theater established by the theater owner to assure that the highest safety standards are in place, as communicated through the theater owners.
Although it has yet to be approved (and will not be approved until closer to the Fall), the intention is that Broadway shows will be able to perform to full capacity.
ABOUT THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Broadway’s blockbuster phenomenon, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by the late Harold Prince, is one of the world’s all-time most successful entertainment properties. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been the longest-running show in Broadway history for well over a decade, and its astounding longevity in New York and around the world is unprecedented. On Broadway alone, the musical has played an unheard of more than 13,000 performances to 19 million people at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street).
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic, haunting and soaring score includes “The Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” “Masquerade” and the iconic title song. It tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of The Paris Opera House. Mesmerized by the talents and beauty of the young soprano Christine, The Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, The Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is directed by the late Harold Prince. Musical staging and choreography is by the late Gillian Lynne. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Björnson®, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical supervision and direction is by David Caddick and orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has played to over 145 million people in 41 countries and 183 cities in 17 languages. It has won more than 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards. PHANTOM has celebrated over 30 years on both sides of the Atlantic, and before the recent lockdown, the London production was in its 34th year and the Broadway production was in its 32nd.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been the largest single generator of income and jobs in Broadway and U.S. theatrical history. In the New York production alone, an estimated 6,500 people (including 400 actors) have been employed during its more than three decades run.
The musical’s flagship London production was recently announced to return to its home and birthplace, Her Majesty’s Theatre, with performances beginning July 27. The musical is also set to make its Sydney Opera House premiere, when Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical begins a limited engagement starting September 3.
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