The Phantom of the Opera is Broadway's longest-running musical and will be closing in February 2023.

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A spokesperson for Broadway announced that the musical, which has been a Broadway staple since 1988, will be closing its Broadway performances on February 18.

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It will close less than one month after its 35th birthday. The closing will be marked by an impressive 13,925 performances.

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Since the pandemic, box office gross has fluctuated. They went up to over $1m (PS870,000 per week), but then dropped to $850,000. It reached $867,997 last week.

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Phantom of the Opera is based on Gaston Leroux's novel. It tells the story of a deformed composer who haunts Paris and falls madly for a young soprano named Christine.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's extravagant songs include Masquerade and Angel of Music, All I Ask You, and The Music of the Night.

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Producers dream of a show that will last forever. My production of Andrew's Cats proudly stated for decades that it would run 'Now and Forever.

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But 'Phantom!' has outperformed its extraordinary Broadway run. Cameron Mackintosh, a producer of Phantom, stated in a statement that all shows eventually close.

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In 1986, London opened its first production. Since then, more than 145,000,000 people have seen the show in 183 cities.

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The show has also been performed in 17 languages and over 70,000 performances.  "Ghosts return to 'The Phantom of the Opera' as

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The musical has been seen by more than 135,000 people on Broadway and 19 million at the Majestic Theatre.

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Phantom's closing would mean Chicago would take the title of the longest-running television show. It was first performed in 1996. .

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