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Photo Coverage: Phantastic Phantom Breaks Broadway Record

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On January 9th, The Phantom of the Opera made Broadway history by becoming the longest-running production ever. The lavish musical, which will also reach its 18th anniversary on January 26th, reached its 7,486th performance on January 9th, overtaking Cats, the previous record-holder.

The Phantom of the Opera had its world premiere on October 9, 1986 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, winning every major British theatre award including the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards. The New York production, starring London stars Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, opened on January 26, 1988. The musical won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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Peter Scolari


Jim Dale


Maria Friedman


Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Crawford, who arrived together


Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Crawford


Michael Crawford


Jim Romick


Nick Wyman


The show's regular curtain call, kicked off in front of a enthusiastic audience...


Heather McFadden


Larry Wayne Morbitt


Marilyn Caskey


George Lee Andrews and Tim Jerome


Ann Runolfsson


Tim Martin Gleason


Howard McGillin


Phantom's current leads...


A final bow for the show's current cast


On hand to pass off the baton of longest running show - a Cat!




A Phantom and a Cat take a bow...


Previous cast members then joined the current cast on stage, including numerous Christines...


...and of course - Phantoms!




The entire company singing Masquerade


Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber


Director Hal Prince


Gillian Lynne, Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber


Producer Cameron Mackintosh


Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber


Gillian Lynne, Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber


The show's first Phantom - Michael Crawford


Crawford's first act on stage? Congratulating and hugging current Phantom Howard McGillin


...and current Christine Sandra Joseph


After an emotional speech about his history with the show, and what it was like seeing it for the first time as an audience member...


...Michael then kicked off the celebration for the night!




Let the party begin!

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