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The cast and creative team of The Phantom of the Opera just celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the show last weekendat the Majestic Theatre. The special evening featured an extended curtain call with remarks from producer Cameron Mackintosh and director Harold Prince, a specially-taped video greeting from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (in London and unable to attend due to a back procedure) and original West End and Broadway star Sarah Brightman (their first joint interview in 30 years), a note from original Phantom Michael Crawford and on-stage post-show performances from current stars Hugh Panaro and Sierra Boggess, joined by international 'Phantoms' John Owen Jones, Ramin Karimloo and Peter Jöback.

Check out photos of the show's original Christine, Sarah Brightman, in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Company, Inc., once again made theater history when it became the first Broadway show ever to celebrate its 25th Anniversary on January 26. Much of the Phantom family reunited for the special event, and the current cast was also be a big part of the festivities.

On Broadway, since its debut on January 26, 1988, The Phantom of the Opera has grossed over $888 million. Even now - as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary on Broadway - it is consistently among Broadway's highest-grossing shows and remains a box office champ. Earlier this year, the production shattered the house record at The Majestic by having its best weekly gross in its entire 25-year history. Total attendance is now over 15 million and it continues to play with no end in sight.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman

Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight- Sarah Brightman

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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