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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

Adam Feldman
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Adam Feldman
David Cote

The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway's most reliable tourist magnet for nearly 35 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; Wednesday at 8pm; Thursday at 2pm and 8pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday at 5pm. 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 through You may also purchase them through through Telecharge or in person 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 Operacurrently includes Ben Crawford (the Phantom), Emilie Kouatchou (Christine), Julia Udine (Christine alternate), John Riddle (Raoul), Bradley Dean (Monsieur André), Craig Bennett (Monsieur Firmin), Raquel Suarez Groen (Carlotta), Maree Johnson (Madame Giry), Carlton Moe (Piangi) and Sara Esty (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 recording

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