Phantom of the Opera to Hit 8500 Performances on July 3
The musical, now in its 21st year, is produced by Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, and directed by Harold Prince. It became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 with performance #7,486. Since its Broadway debut on January 26, 1988, Phantom has grossed $690 million, making it the highest-grossing show in Broadway history. Total New York attendance is at 12.5 million. It won seven Tony awards, including Best Musical.
The musical is based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The production currently stars John Cudia in the title role with Jennifer Hope Wills as Christine and Tim Martin Gleason as Raoul. The cast also features George Lee Andrews (Monsieur Andre), David Cryer (Monsieur Firmin), Patricia Phillips (Carlotta), Rebecca Judd (Madame Giry), Evan Harrington (Piangi) and Polly Baird (Meg Giry). At certain performances, Elizabeth Loyacano plays Christine. Howard McGillin will return to the role of the Phantom on July 28.