'The Phantom of the Opera' Celebrates Milestone

February 1, 2013 - Broadway’s longest running show of all time reached another milestone as The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 25th anniversary on January 26. The show becomes the first in Broadway history to celebrate 25 years adding another milestone achievement to the already acclaimed musical.

To mark the occasion, a special gala performance took place on January 26 at the Majestic Theatre, which has served as the musical’s home since its Broadway debut. During the celebration following the curtain call, director Hal Prince and producer Cameron Mackintosh welcomed the backstage crew on stage and acknowledged them, the current cast, former cast members in the audience and the ushers and box office staff in the house. Remarkably, more than 30 individuals have been the show since its premiere in 1988.

The City of New York also honored the musical with a proclamation, proclaiming January 26, “The Phantom of the Opera Day.” The proclamation read, in part: “With productions in 15 languages in 27 countries, the unforgettable story of the man behind the mask and the beautiful and talented protégé he loves has been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide…While out-grossing any other film or play, Phantom’s dramatic sets, intricately designed costumes and breathtaking special effects continue to thrill a new generation of fans and provide a theatrical experience unlike any other.”
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