“The Phantom of the Opera” wrapped up its longest run in Broadway history on Sunday night, and even the production’s signature chandelier, which crashed onto the stage of the Majestic Theater for the 13,981st time, got its own curtain. phone.
The invite-only audience was filled with Broadway fans, including actors who have been on the show for 35 years, numerous theater artists (including Lin-Manuel Miranda), and fans who won a special ticket lottery. Some wear phantom regalia. A man came in wearing the character’s gorgeous Red Death costume.
The final performance, which took place from 5:22 pm to 7:56 pm, was interrupted by repeated applause not only for the main actors, but also for their favorite props, including monkey music boxes, and scenic elements such as rowing gondolas. it was done. Through an underground lake decorated with candlesticks. At the end of the show, the stagehands who created the elaborate spectacle of each night’s show were invited onto the stage to thunderous applause.
“It’s really amazing,” said composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the show’s soaring score, after the final curtain rose, dedicating the performance to his son Nicholas. died three weeks ago.
Lloyd Webber spoke with his longtime collaborator and lead producer on the show, Cameron McIntosh. They invited alumni of the original Broadway production to the stage, and hung on the back wall of the theater photographs of deceased members of the original creative team, including director Hal Prince, along with all the actors who played the two lead roles. (The Phantom and his obsession with the young soprano Christine).
Towards the end of the night, McIntosh recognized a ton of chandeliers, which were lowered from the ceiling and applauded, and the crowd was showered with metallic confetti of gold and silver, some of which hung on ribbons from the chandeliers. I was.
A few hours before the show started, fans gathered across the street, waving and taking pictures, hoping to somehow get a spare ticket. Among them was her 25-year-old Washington girlfriend, Lexie Luhrs, dressed like a phantom. She has a black cloak, handmade mask, fedora, vest, bow tie, and mask her earrings and mask her necklace. “We are here to celebrate a show that means so much to us,” Luhrs said.
Broadway’s “Phantom” was clearly a huge success, attracting 20 million viewers and grossing $1.36 billion since its January 1988 release. And the show became an international phenomenon, with him performed in 17 languages in 45 countries and grossing over $6 billion. Globally. But Broadway performances ultimately succumbed to the double impact of inflation and declining tourism following the coronavirus pandemic’s shutdowns.
It ended with an unexpectedly high note, as well as the high E that Christine sings on the title track. As soon as the closure was announced last September, sales skyrocketed as people who already loved the musical flocked in and those who procrastinated realized this could be their last chance. Originally his February deadline date, he was pushed back two months to meet demand. The show was again the top-grossing show on Broadway, played to enthusiastic audiences, and enjoyed a honed reputation, bringing in more than $3 million a week.
McIntosh said, “It’s almost unheard of for a show to go out in such high spirits.
After the final performance, the show’s company and its alumni gathered for an invitation-only gala at the Metropolitan Club, where the show’s iconic mask was projected onto the marble staircase.
The show, with music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hurt, is still performed in London today. In London, during the pandemic shutdown, the orchestra’s size was reduced and the set changed to reduce his running costs. It is currently being performed in the Czech Republic as well. , Japan, South Korea, Sweden. A new work will be performed in China next month, in Italy in July, and in Spain in October.
And will the day ever come back to New York? “At some point, of course,” McIntosh said in an interview. “But it’s time to take a break from the show.”