'Phantom of the Opera' breaks all Broadway records, leaves 'Cats,' 'Chicago' far behind

phantom-broadway-jm.jpg "Phantom of the Opera" has smashed Broadway records to become the first show to run for 23 years.

On Wednesday (Jan. 26), the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, directed by Harold Prince, played its 9,566 and 9,567th performances. (Wednesdays have matinee and evening shows.)

No other Broadway show comes close to its longevity. "Cats," which had an incredible run, made it to almost 18 years. "Chicago," which has been enjoying an extremely long run for a revival and which constantly subs in new actors, continues running after 14 years.

But "Phantom," based on Gaston Leroux' tragic love story of the masked, caped figure who lurks in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, continues on. Currently starring Hugh Panaro, Sara Jean Ford and Sean MacLaughlin, the musical has won seven Tony Awards and is in production around the world.
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