Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Celebrate The Music Of The Night-See The Phantom Of The Opera On Broadway

January 26, 1988. Anybody know what is special about this date? Give up? O.K. I guess I'll tell you. On that date The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre. The show which won the Tony Award for Best Musical is also the longest running show in Broadway history. Growing up in a small town in Illinois I wasn't exposed to a lot of theatre except for the shows I did in high school and Community Theater. Therefore I was so excited to hear something new as opposed to Rodger's and Hammerstein or Frank Loesser. During my senior year I actually bought a ticket to go see it in Chicago but wouldn't you know it there was a snowstorm and I couldn't go. Cut to three years later. I am now living in New York and my school gets free tickets to see the show. Well all I can say is, "It was worth the wait." Here we are almost twenty-two years later and it is still one the most popular shows on Broadway. How much longer will it continue? To be honest I could see it running for another decade or so but who knows. Plans are in the works for a sequel,Love Never Dies,to open sometime next year both on Broadway and the West End. Can both shows run at the same time and be successful? We will find out. Until next time theatre fans.

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