NEW YORK — “The Phantom of the Opera” — Broadway’s longest-operating present — is scheduled to shut in February 2023, the largest sufferer victim nonetheless of the write-up-pandemic softening in theater attendance in New York.
The musical — a fixture on Broadway considering the fact that 1988, weathering recessions, war and cultural shifts — will play its closing general performance on Broadway on Feb. 18, a spokesperson instructed The Associated Press on Friday. The closing will come significantly less than a month just after its 35th anniversary.
It is a high priced musical to sustain, with elaborate sets and costumes as very well as a huge forged and orchestra. Box office grosses have fluctuated because the exhibit reopened immediately after the pandemic — going as large as in excess of $1 million a week but also dropping to all-around $850,000. Final week, it hit $867,997 and producers may perhaps have viewed the creating on the wall.
Based mostly on a novel by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells the tale of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House and falls madly in appreciate with an innocent younger soprano, Christine. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lavish tracks include “Masquerade,” ″Angel of Music,” ″All I Talk to of You” and “The Tunes of the Night time.”
The very first output opened in London in 1986 and due to the fact then the show has been found by far more than 145 million folks in 183 cities and done in 17 languages more than 70,000 performances. On Broadway by yourself, the musical has played far more than 13,500 performances to 19 million persons at The Majestic Theatre.
The closing of “Phantom” would imply the longest operating clearly show crown would go to “Chicago,” which started in 1996. “The Lion King” is future, having begun performances in 1997.
Broadway took a pounding all through the pandemic, with all theaters shut for a lot more than 18 months. Breaking even typically necessitates a steady stream of travelers, particularly to “Phantom.”
The closure was initially noted Friday by the New York Article.