‘Phantom’, Broadway’s longest-running show and popular revival of ‘Music Man’ will end in 2023

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Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster during a recent performance of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man”

Broadway will look a little different in the coming year: the luster will fall for the last time on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s long-running show “Phantom of the Opera” in early 2023 and the immensely popular revival of “The Music Man” will also end at the start of the new year.

While “Phantom”, the longest-running show in Broadway history, has seemingly been a part of the Theater District landscape forever – it opened in the West End in 1986 and on the Great White Way in 1988 – no show, even “The Fantasticks” – runs forever.

Audiences were slow to return to Broadway, and while Andrew Lloyd Weber’s extravaganza had a strong comeback, Phantom producers said ticket sales weren’t enough to cover the costs. operation of the show.

Meanwhile, ‘The Music Man’, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, will end on January 1 after the show’s producers decided not to recast the lead roles after the two stars left the company.

By the time it closes, the revival will have played 358 regular performances and 46 previews.

When it opened, “Phantom” starred Michael Crawford as the Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine Daaé.

The prologue of the show takes place at the Paris Opera where an auction of old theater memorabilia is underway. The next lot – Lot 666 – is an old chandelier which is linked to “the strange case of the Phantom of the Opera, a mystery never fully explained”. When the chandelier is lit, it rises to the ceiling which restores the opera to its former grandeur, allowing the orchestra to perform the memorable overture.

“Phantom” just hit the 13,500 performance mark and was seen by just under 20 million people during its run.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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