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Guide to The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway's thrilling megamusical, has been haunting New York theater since the '80s

Photograph: Joan Marcus

The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway's most reliable tourist magnet for nearly 30 years, began haunting the New York City stage way back in 1988. It still draws folks who judge it one of the best Broadway shows, clamoring for cheap Broadway tickets. Back in 1988, it cleaned up at the Tony Awards with eight wins. The plot, borrowed from a 1910 potboiler by Gaston Leroux, tells of Christine Daaé, a naïve young soprano whose secretive voice teacher turns out to be a deformed musical genius who inhabits a candlelit lair beneath the Paris Opera House. (Although the Phantom is serial killer, extortionist, kidnapper and probable rapist, Christine and audiences are mysteriously drawn to him. Who doesn’t love a bad boy?) While the epic synth-rock chords of the title song may ground Phantom in the 1980s, the show’s Puccini-inflected airs are far grander than most of what one hears elsewhere on Broadway. And although there may not be much depth to the musical’s story (by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe) or lyrics (mostly by Charles Hart), the production—directed by the legendary Hal Prince—has been carefully maintained and refurbished over the years, and remains a marvel of sumptuous surfaces.

What is The Phantom of the Opera?

The Phantom of the Opera is a romantic musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart (with additions from Richard Stilgoe). Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe also wrote the musical's book. It was directed by Hal Prince. Phantom began Broadway previews at the Majestic Theatre on January 9 1988 and opened on January 26. The production continues to play at the Majestic. It is, by more than 3,000 performances, the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Where is The Phantom of the Opera playing?

The Phantom of the Opera plays at Majestic Theatre, located at 245 W 44th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.

When is The Phantom of the Opera playing?

The Phantom of the Opera plays eight times a week, on the following schedule: Monday at 8pm; Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 8pm; Thursday at 2pm and 8pm; Friday at 8pm; and Saturday at 2pm and 8pm. Be sure to check the schedule ahead of time for changes.

How do I get tickets to The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway?

Tickets to The Phantom of the Opera are sold online at Telecharge website or you may purchase them at the Majestic Theatre box office.

How long is The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway?

The running time of The Phantom of the Opera is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission.

Who is in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway?

The principal cast of The Phantom of the Opera currently includes James Barbour (the Phantom), Ali Ewoldt (Christine), Jordan Donica (Raoul), Laird Mackintosh (Monsieur André), Craig Bennett (Monsieur Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Rebecca Eichenberger (Madame Giry), John Easterlin (Piangi) and Kara Klein (Meg).

What awards has The Phantom of the Opera won?

1988 Tony Awards

Best Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Michael Crawford
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical - Judy Kaye
Best Direction of a Musical - Harold Prince
Best Scenic Design - Maria Björnson
Best Costume Design - Maria Björnson
Best Lighting Design - Andrew Bridge

1988 Drama Desk Awards

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Michael Crawford
Outstanding Director of a Musical - Harold Prince
Outstanding Music - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Outstanding Orchestrations - David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Outstanding Set Design - Maria Björnson
Outstanding Costume Design - Maria Björnson
Outstanding Lighting Design - Andrew Bridge

The Phantom of the Opera original London cast

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James L Robinson
James L Robinson

My wife and I have dreamed of going to see "The Phantom of the Opera" since the LP came out. Being school teachers in Arkansas at the beginning of our careers, the odds of going to New York were slim to none. So, dreaming of seeing the show for twenty-five years as we listen to the music, of course watching bits over the years we had a vision of what it might be. WOW It was so much more that we ever imagined. I don't believe in an absolute perfect, but the production on October 4, 2013 was probably as close to an absolute as something could be. Way beyond my wildest expectations; the orchestra, singers, staging, lighting, the props and sets,and of course the main cast. It could only compare with an out of body experience. As we were exiting the theater a man boasted he has seen it five times and he lives in NJ. My thought was to live so close and to have seen it only 5 times, how sad. If we ever are able to come back to NYC for a couple of days, we will see "The Phantom of the Opera" again.