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Your Ultimate Broadway-Inspired Itinerary: ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

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|by Matthew Wexler |

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of 'Phantom' with this arty romp through town

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ celebrates 30 years on Broadway (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ celebrates 30 years on Broadway (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Explore New York City with the Phantom as your muse. January 26, 2018, marks the 30th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running show. The production will have played more than 12,500 performances, grossing over $1.1 billion and entertaining 18 million theatergoers. The hit musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and direction by Harold Prince has become a worldwide phenomenon, but its Broadway home at the Majestic Theatre is particularly special, as it offers easy access to a city packed with Phantom-inspired activities.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Culture abounds at the largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere. To gain a deeper sense of scenic and costume designer Maria Björnson’s inspiration to recreate late-19th century Paris, head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to discover original works by French greats such as Manet, Renoir and Degas. Those with a keener eye can seek out ornate bracelets, brooches and other exquisite accessories by jewelers such as Louis-Oscar Roty and others.

The Metropolitan Opera
Set among the gloriously haunted chambers of the Paris Opera House, The Phantom of the Opera's sweeping melodies pay tribute to a centuries-old art form. For a more in-depth immersion into the opera world, plan a visit to the legendary Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. The Met’s 2018 season includes Puccini’s incredible La Bohème and Madame Butterfly, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Patrice Chéreau’s Elektra and more. The stunning 3,800-seat opera house features stunning chandeliers designed by Viennese glassmaker J. & L. Lobmeyr as well as several free galleries open to the public.

An exquisite romantic meal
A trip to Paris isn’t necessary for a delectable dining experience. With the VIP Dine4Less Card, it can be affordable, too. The 30-day card offers up to 20 percent off for up to four guests at some of the city's most iconic restaurants. Housed in a carriage house dating back to 1767, One if by Land, Two if by Sea (17 Barrow St.) offers a three-course prix fixe menu (perfect for pre-theater). Or allow the meal itself to be the real showstopper and indulge in the seven-course chef's tasting menu, which may include signature dishes such as seared Hudson Valley foie gras, Atlantic halibut with corn chowder and beef Wellington with beurre rouge.

Madame Tussauds New York
Incarcerated in Paris’s Laforce Prison in 1793, Marie Grosholtz (who eventually became known as Madame Tussaud) was notorious for her wax models that depicted the horrors of the French Revolution. Exhibits have evolved over the centuries and today’s installations reflect pop culture like the brand new Fashion Experience! featuring a lifelike Heidi Klum and interactive digital experiences.

Disney on Broadway Tour
While The Phantom of the Opera holds the top spot at Broadway’s longest running show, The Lion King is number three with more than 8,300 performances. Currently represented with Aladdin and the soon-to-open Frozen, Disney Theatrical is offering plenty of theatrical magic. Take an insider's look at the beautifully restored New Amsterdam Theatre and walk among the other Broadway theaters for a historical look at one of the most entertaining neighborhoods in the world.

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