Phantom of the Opera Informaton

Theatre:

Majestic Theatre
247 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

About the show:

The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most famous musicals of all time, and it is the longest-running musical in Broadway history. Who would expect any less from the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also brought us shows like Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar? Drawing material from the French novel by Gaston Leroux, Webber, with lyricists Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, penned the masterpiece and debuted it in London in 1986, with a Broadway opening in 1988. It was met with critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences, and it continues to play in New York's Majestic Theatre and London's Her Majesty's Theatre. With its beautiful and artful music, powerfully emotional characters, and elegant scenery and dance numbers, it is the epitome of a sophisticated musical. Its timeless themes make watching this show an immensely cathartic experience that audiences have been enjoying for a quarter of a century, marvelling at such great songs as "Think of Me," "Masquerade," and "The Music of the Night." Whether you can't wait to see it again or it's your first time, get your Phantom of the Opera tickets today and be a part of this cultural landmark.

Plot Synopsis:

The year is 1881. The crew of the Opera in Paris is in rehearsal for that evening's performance when a backdrop suddenly crashes down onto the stage. The cast is abuzz, citing the fabled Phantom of the Opera, or Opera Ghost, as the cause. The new managers, Andre and Firmin, try to minimize the incident, but the diva Carlotta storms off, refusing to perform under such conditions. Left in the lurch without a star, the managers agree to let a chorus girl, Christine, audition for the part. When she amazes everyone with her talent and lands the role, they are left wondering who taught her so well. Later, Christine confesses to her friend, Meg, that she has had a mysterious singing tutor, the "Angel of Music" that her father told her he would send for her after his death. Meanwhile, the Opera's new patron, Raoul, meets Christine, who he remembers being close with as a child. As Raoul leaves, a voice calls to Christine, proclaiming its displeasure at Raoul's presence. Just then, the image of the Phantom of the Opera appears in Christine's dressing room mirror and leads her to his lair in the catacombs beneath the Opera House. The Phantom has secretly been training Christine to sing while falling in love with her, but when she boldly removes his mask and reveals his disfigured face, he expresses his anguish at being deformed and his wish to be loved by her before returning her to the surface. As Christine enjoys her newfound success and a budding romance with Raoul, the Phantom becomes more and more distraught and the Opera House feels the consequences. Can Christine ever escape the Phantom's mysterious hold on her? Will the Opera ever be free of the Phantom's reign of terror? Get your Phantom of the Opera tickets to find out.

Run Time:

2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

Advisory:

Recommended for ages 8 and up (some frightening scenes)

Awards:

  • 1986 Olivier Awards: 3 nominations, 2 wins
  • 1988 Tony Awards: 10 nominations, 7 wins
  • 1988 Drama Desk Awards: 9 nominations, 7 wins
  • 2002 Olivier Awards: 1 nomination, 1 win

Creative Team:

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe
Book Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe
Director Hal Prince
Choreography Gillian Lynne
Set and Costume Design Maria Bjornson
Lighting Design Andrew Bridge
Sound Design Martin Levan

Cast:

Broadway
Phantom Norm Lewis
Christine Mary Michael Patterson
Raoul Jeremy Hays
Carlotta Michele McConnell
Madame Giry Ellen Harvey
Christine (alternate performances) Marni Raab
Monsieur Andre Laird Mackintosh
Monsieur Firmin Timothy Jerome
Meg Giry Polly Baird
Ubaldo Piangi Christian Sebek

Cast:

US Tour
Phantom Cooper Grodin
Christine Julia Udine
Raoul Ben Jacoby
Carlotta Jacquelynne Fontaine
Madame Giry Linda Balgord
Monsieur Andre Edward Staudenmayer
Monsieur Firmin Craig Bennett
Meg Giry Hannah Florence
Ubaldo Piangi Frank Viveros
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