Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s French novel is one of the most famous and popular musicals in Broadway history. The Phantom of the Opera, which opened at the Majestic Theatre in 1988, is the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and – with 10,000 performances and counting – is currently the longest-running production in Broadway history.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s exquisite masterpiece is staged near the turn of the 20th Century in the French capital, where the Paris Opera House is harboring a dark secret: a physically deformed, genius composer haunts its inhabitants from a lair beneath the theater. Mournful and alone, the Phantom becomes obsessed with the Paris Opera’s breathtaking new ingénue, Christine. The soprano is both fascinated by and terrified of the mysterious masked man who writes operas specifically for her. When a friend from Christine’s childhood, a handsome young noble named Raoul, re-enters the singer’s life, the Phantom goes mad with jealousy and plots revenge, setting off a disastrous chain of events that threaten every life in the Paris Opera House – including his own.
This Broadway musical introduces you to what makes theater great as it transports you to a wondrously dark world filled with interesting characters and a touching story that’s heightened only by the breathtaking lighting and scenery.
The Phantom of the Opera remains the longest-running musical on Broadway, charting over 30 years in New York City.
Best Known For: The Phantom of the Opera won seven Tony Awards in 1988, including Best Musical.
The Phantom of the Opera is a pop musical in the familiar Andrew Lloyd Webber vein (Cats, Evita). Many of its songs – including the ballads “The Music of the Night” and “Think of Me” – have become standards. Even without much authentic opera music, The Phantom of the Opera is operatic in scope, utilizing a large cast and orchestra performing Lloyd Webber’s Puccini-influenced score, period costumes and that signature chandelier crashing to the stage.