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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ to close on Broadway next year

The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running show, is scheduled to close in February 2023.

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The musical – a fixture on Broadway since 1988, weathering recessions, war and cultural shifts – will play its final performance on Broadway on 18 February, a spokesperson said on Friday.

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The closure will come less than a month after its 35th anniversary. It will conclude with an eye-popping 13,925 performances.

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Box office grosses have fluctuated since the show reopened after the pandemic.

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going as high as over $1m (£870,000) a week but also dropping to about $850,000. Last week, it hit $867,997.

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Based on a novel by Gaston Leroux, Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured composer who haunts the Paris opera house and falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine.

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

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The first production opened in London in 1986 and since then the show has been viewed by over 145 million people in 183 cities.

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Has performed in over 70,000 performances in 17 languages.

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On Broadway alone, the musical has played more than 13,500 performances to 19 million people at the Majestic theatre.

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