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Photo Coverage: Phantom of the Opera's 8000th Performance

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The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, set another unprecedented milestone.  With its 2PM matinee on Wednesday, April 4, the musical became the first Broadway show ever to reach 8,000 performances.  Now in its phenomenal 20th Year, the Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, Inc. production, directed by Harold Prince, continues to play at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), with no end in sight.

The occasion was marked with a special presentation during the curtain call at that day's matinee.  In addition, the cast and crew celebrated with a private party.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.  The musical stars Howard McGillin in the title role with Jennifer Hope Wills as Christine and Michael Shawn Lewis as Raoul.  The musical also co-stars George Lee Andrews (Monsieur Andre), David Cryer (Monsieur Firmin), Anne Runolfsson (Carlotta), Marilyn Caskey (Madame Giry), Roland Rusinek (Piangi) and Heather McFadden (Meg Giry). 

The show has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince.  Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Visit www.thephantomoftheopera.com for tickets and more information.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

 


The ensemble


Jimmy Smagula


Anne Runolfsson


Heather McFadden


Michael Shawn Lewis


Michael Shawn Lewis


Michael Shawn Lewis


Jennifer Hope Wills


Jennifer Hope Wills


Jennifer Hope Wills


Howard McGillin


Howard McGillin


Howard McGillin


Howard McGillin and Jennifer Hope Wills


Michael Shawn Lewis, Howard McGillin and Jennifer Hope Wills


Michael Shawn Lewis, Howard McGillin and Jennifer Hope Wills


Michael Shawn Lewis, Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Michael Shawn Lewis, Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Michael Shawn Lewis, Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Howard McGillin, Michael Shawn Lewis, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Howard McGillin, Michael Shawn Lewis, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Howard McGillin, Michael Shawn Lewis, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Howard McGillin, Michael Shawn Lewis, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Michael Shawn Lewis, Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Michael Shawn Lewis, Howard McGillin, Jennifer Hope Wills and cast


Howard McGillin

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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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