'Phantom of the Opera' celebrates 10,000 performances
The Andrew Lloyd Webber production is celebrating a whopping 10,000 performances on Saturday (Feb. 18). The show started as an $8 million production and became an $845 million hit. When the show opened back in 1988, half of the theaters on Broadway were empty. Along with "Les Miserables," "Phantom" is popularly credited with refreshing interest in theater in New York.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh tells the New York Times he is hoping to do well with a British and possibly American tour of the show.
"After 25 years it seems right to try a new approach if you're going to send 'Phantom' out again," he said, noting that the musical had played in 27 countries and 145 cities. But it's not like the old 'Phantom' is going anywhere. It will be in London and on Broadway, forever we hope."