It’s over now, the music of the night time.
“The Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s longest-running present, will close this winter, a number of sources informed The Post.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical plans to play via the holidays, after which cap off its storied run on Feb. 18. Sources informed The Post there might be a big bash to rejoice its thirty fifth anniversary.
“Phantom,” sources stated, has struggled to get better because it reopened in October 2021 following the pandemic closure, and is shedding some $1 million a month.
Since its opening night time on Jan. 26, 1988, the present, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, has performed 13,733 performances over practically 35 years.
Broadway’s second-longest-running present, the revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “Chicago,” is nicely behind in the race, having been working 25 years and enjoying 10,090 performances.
Lloyd Webber’s lush songs (with lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe), Harold Prince’s modern staging, Gillian Lynne’s balletic choreography and the lavish set and costume designs by Maria Björnson are seared into the minds of generations of theatergoers.
“Phantom” first opened on Broadway with its unique London stars, Michael Crawford as the masked romantic and Sarah Brightman as his beloved soprano Christine. The manufacturing received seven Tony Awards, together with Best Actor for Crawford and Best Musical.
Ben Crawford presently performs the Phantom and Emilie Kouatchou is Christine Daaé.
A flop movie version, starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum, was launched in 2004.
Lloyd Webber additionally put on an unsuccessful sequel, referred to as “Love Never Dies,” in London in 2010 that toured however by no means made it to Broadway.
“Phantom” continues to play in London at Her Majesty’s Theatre — quickly to be renamed His Majesty’s Theatre following the death of Queen Elizabeth II — and not too long ago had some of its unique staging revised.
That could possibly be a clue to the musical’s future. While this “Phantom” will close for good in February, it might not be stunning to see it return in a less expensive iteration in just a few years. Mackintosh pulled the similar maneuver with London’s “Les Misérables” at what’s now the Sondheim Theatre. New director, slimmer set, extra projections.
For now, the Shubert Organization might be happy. The Majestic Theatre, the finest musical home on Broadway, has lastly been freed up after practically 4 many years. The proper present could possibly be grossing $3 million per week there, moderately than $1 million from “Phantom.”
In truth, Shubert chair Bob Wankel needed the Majestic for the upcoming musical “Some Like It Hot,” however was reluctant to give “Phantom” the boot. The theater that new present is presently going into, the Shubert, has about 350 fewer seats.
Lloyd Webber could also be again to Broadway quickly sufficient. The terrifically fun London Palladium revival of his “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” has New York in its sights after it performs Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre this winter.
And a revamped Broadway model of the composer’s musical “Cinderella” at the Imperial Theatre might be introduced as quickly as subsequent week.
For now, although, it’s time to pack up the chandelier.