The Broadway show The Phantom of the Opera will close after nearly 35 years, Time Out’s sources said on Friday afternoon.
The show is slated to close in February 2023. Broadway’s longest-running show, Phantom has delighted audiences at 13,733 performances since it opened in 1988, per the New York Post, which broke news of the closing earlier today. But the Post also reported the show has struggled since the pandemic and is losing “some $1 million a month.”
The Post story sent Twitter abuzz Friday afternoon with reactions like …
What does the Biden administration plan on doing about the Phantom of the Opera closing rumors
— Andrew (@andrewgirmann) September 16, 2022
I don’t want a world where The Simpsons outlives The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
— Tee Moe Tay Shall O May (@joelevard) September 16, 2022
In all seriously, I know we all joke about Phantom of the Opera, but that was one of the first musicals to shake my soul into loving theatre as much as I do. So…yeah if it closes, and as SOON as we got a Black Christine??…I’d be sad.
— Virginia Vass (@virginia_vass) September 16, 2022
NY POST: A source tells us The Phantom of the Opera will close this year
THE SOURCE: pic.twitter.com/Rk91bZjwqn
— Zach Raffio (@zachraffio) September 16, 2022
We’re working to learn more and will update this post. Meanwhile, if you want to see the show, here’s a review from our theater critic and info about how to get tickets.
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.