The Phantom of the Opera: About the Theater
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is currently running at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre, located at 245 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan’s theatre district. It boasts over 1,645 seats, making it one of the largest Broadway houses, and has always been a venue for large scale musical theatre productions.
The theatre was originally designed by Herbert J. Krapp, and was constructed as part of a larger entertainment complex that housed The Milford Plaza Hotel, The John Golden Theatre, and the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The design is called “modern Spanish” style, and it features arched windows and a terra-cotta base. Inside the theatre space, there is a steep rake from the orchestra, ensuring ideal sightlines for any audience member. It was also one of the first Broadway houses to be built with one balcony instead of two. These days, producers don’t like to book their shows in houses with two balconies, as the top tier is always less desirable than any other spot in the house, and they must then charge less for the seating.
Its grand opening took place on March 28, 1927 with a production of the musical Rufus LeMaire's Affairs. This Official New York City Landmark is now owned and operated by the Shubert Organization -- a property that they acquired during the Great Depression.
A number of world famous Broadway musicals have premiered at The Majestic, including Carousel, South Pacific, Camelot, and A Little Night Music. But it started breaking records when The Phantom of the Opera moved in in 1988. Since it’s opening on January 26th of that year, The Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show on Broadway, with a recording breaking 11,112 performances to date -- and counting!