The Phantom of the OperaBroadway’s longest-running show will close in February after its 35th anniversary in January, producers announced.
“We regret to confirm that after 35 years on Broadway, Ghost will play its final performance at the Majestic Theater on Saturday, February 18, 2023,” the show announced on its website. “Tickets are currently on sale for performances until 22 January 2023 and we expect the final block of tickets to be released soon.”
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The news comes as the musical, known for its falling chandelier, its titular half-mask and its most famous song, “The Music of the Night,” has become a Broadway icon over the decades, but was as sensitive as other productions. the soft Covid market and the weak tourism climate.
The musical has been playing for a long time at the Shubert organization’s Majestic Theatre.
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and libretto by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, Ghost opened in London’s West End in 1986 and, two years later, on Broadway, directed by Harold Prince. The musical made stars, or at least cemented the theater’s legacy, of stars Michael Crawford, as the Ghost, and Webber’s then-wife, Sarah Brightman, as Christine. Among the records set by the musical over the years is the first Broadway production to reach 10,000 performances (in 2012). Reported revenue estimates for Broadway productions over the years exceed $1 billion.
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Among the 1988 Tony Awards were Best Musical, Best Performance in a Leading Role in a Musical (Crawford), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye), Best Direction of a Musical (Harold Prince), Best Set Design and costume design (Maria Björnson) and best lighting design (Andrew Bridge).
While the musical still rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars a week — $867,997 for the week ending Sept. 11, the most recent figure available — grosses for the long-running show may be as low as half (or less) of what they could win at the Majestic, and they certainly fall short of more recent musicals such as Hamilton, Into The Woods, MJ, Moulin Rouge! and Sixand even behind other Broadway stalwarts as The Lion King and Bad. Average ticket price for Ghost last week it was around $83, a bargain compared to the average prices charged by such musicals as Funny girl ($175), Hamilton ($197), In the forest ($112) and MJ ($152), among others.
The West End production of Ghostwhich closed during the 2020 Covid shutdown and returned with a slimmed-down orchestra, remains open.
Turns for GhostIts closure was first reported today by the New York Post, sparking considerable speculation online. According to the New York Times, the cast, crew and orchestra were informed of the closure today.
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