Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Phantom Turns 22

That's right theatre fans. Broadway's longest running Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera celebrates an anniversary today. The show which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1988 first premiered in London in September 1986 to great acclaim. It's original stars were Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, and Steve Burton, all of whom reprised their parts for the Broadway run.

Growing up in Illinois I wasn't exposed to a lot of Broadway musicals except the ones I performed in during high school. Phantom was one of the first. I swear I must have worn out my first copy of the cast recording after a few months. Cut to five years later and I was living in New York pursuing my dreams of being an actor. Finally I was going to get to see the show that I had loved for so long. Although my expectations were high I was pretty sure that I would enjoy it.

Well long story short I enjoyed it. Now is it my favorite Broadway show of all time? No. Doesn't mean I didn't love it.Let's face it. Phantom is a New York institution. How much longer it will run is anybody's guess. Another two decades perhaps? Stranger things have happened.

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