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The Phantom of the Opera is a dark, romantic musical based on the book by Gaston Leroux first published in 1909. It tells the story of a mysterious, shadowy figure living in the gloomy labyrinthine passages under the Opera Garnier. A disfigured genius, he becomes obsessed with a beautiful soprano named Christine. Other characters include Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny and Carlotta Giudicelli. The gothic backdrops include a sweeping staircase, the central chandelier and a subterranean gondola. The astonishing special effects add to the enjoyment of this enchanting production with the Phantom's makeup alone taking two hours to complete prior to each performance. Thrilling and haunting; the musical score captures every mesmerising moment leading to an unforgettable climax.
The production opened on 26th January 1988 and is Broadway's longest running show with over 12,000 performances being seen by more than 140 million people. In December 2013, the show broke the box office record for the Majestic Theatre. The legendary Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the music with lyrics provided by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. There are over 30 songs in the show including ""The Music of the Night"" made famous by Michael Crawford, going on to sell millions of copies throughout the world. The character of the Phantom is played by James Barbour, a star of many shows, movies and television programmes. Ali Ewoldt plays the role of the heroine Christine and has appeared in several other musical productions.
The show has won over 70 major music awards in numerous categories including 'Best Original Score', Best Musical and 'Best Costume Design'. The Phantom of the Opera is now in its 29th year and continues to delight audiences, eager to experience the drama for themselves.
The Phantom of the Opera is currently showing at the Majestic Theatre, located on Broadway in midtown Manhattan. Noted as being one of the largest theatres on Broadway, it holds 1645 seats and is easy to reach by using bus services or the subway.
Children under the age of four are not permitted. There is no formal dress code and the running time, which includes one intermission, is three hours in total. Please note, the theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible.
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