To quote Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita,” “and the cash stored rolling in!”

After The Post first reported on Friday that the composer’s “The Phantom of the Opera” would shut on Broadway this winter after 35 years, the present took in $2 million in ticket sales by 8 p.m., producer Cameron Mackintosh advised The Post.

“The hills are alive with the sound of the music of the night time!,” Mackintosh mentioned on a cellphone name from London.

The producer is happy the field workplace growth and outpouring of affection from followers round the world, regardless that The Post scuttled his announcement plans (the information was set to drop subsequent week.)

Still, “Phantom” is unquestionably coming to an finish in New York on Feb. 18, shortly after a lavish bash for its thirty fifth anniversary.

“Everyone thinks these exhibits can go on without end, however you may’t run a giant present at these margins anymore,” the producer mentioned, including that the pre-pandemic working price of “Phantom,” $800,000, has ballooned to $950,000 at the moment. And that improve arrives throughout a particularly difficult time for Broadway.

“The 35-year run is much more miraculous when you think about how large it’s,” Mackintosh mentioned.

“There comes a tipping level in the life of any present,” he added. “The quantity of shedding weeks was rising even earlier than COVID.”

This won’t be the final you see of the Phantom and Christine Daae. The musical might finally return to Broadway in a distinct type, the producer mentioned.

“I’m positive ‘Phantom’ will come again sooner or later,” he mentioned. “After I took ‘Les Miz’ off, it got here again twice!”

"The Phantom of the Opera," Broadway's longest running show, will close in December.
“The Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s longest-running present, will shut in February.
Matthew Murphy

At greater than 13,000 performances since “Phantom” opened on Jan. 26, 1988 at the Majestic Theatre, its residence to this very day, it’s the longest working present on Broadway. Next in line is “Chicago,” which Mackintosh famous, is less expensive to run.

Despite “Phantom,” an iconic Broadway musical, ending its storied run in February, the British producer feels assured in a affluent future for Broadway and the West End. Eventually.

“The encouraging factor is that there’s nonetheless a terrific resilience and an insistence to return to exhibits,” mentioned Mackintosh, whose exhibits in London embody “Phantom” (it’s doing effectively there, he mentioned), “Hamilton,” “Les Miserables” and “Mary Poppins.”

“It’s going to be a bumpy journey, however individuals are turning up!”

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