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Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries

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 makes theater history when it becomes the first Broadway show ever to celebrate its 25th Anniversary tonight, January 26, 2013.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 with its 7,486th performance (surpassing the previous record-holder Cats, also by Andrew Lloyd Webber and also produced by Mackintosh). Incredibly, since breaking that record, PHANTOM has played both an additional 6½ years and 2,800 performances - which by itself would be a smash hit run for a Broadway musical.

Below, photographer Walter McBride looks back at some other special moments in Phantom's momentous run!

Photos by Walter McBride

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
Times Square Billboard January 30, 200

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
Phantom of the Opera Billboard in Times Square, New York City. August 27, 2004

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007

pictured: Marilyn Caskey

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Michael Shawn Lewis

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007

pictured: Michael Shawn Lewis

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: George Lee Andrews & David Cryer

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Jennifer Hope Wills

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Jennifer Hope Wills

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills & Michael Shawn Lewis

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills & Michael Shawn Lewis

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills & Michael Shawn Lewis

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries

The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills & Michael Shawn Lewis

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills & Michael Shawn Lewis

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with EnsemblePhoto Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries

The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Anne Runolfsson & Michael Shawn Lewis & Howard McGillin & Jennifer Hope Wills with Ensemble

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
Phantom of the Opera Billboard in Times Square, New York City. August 27, 2004

Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
The Phantom Of The Opera (The Longest Running Show on Broadway) becomes the first Broadway Show in History to reach 8,000 performances. The Milestone was marked by a special on stage curtain call at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. April 4, 2007 pictured: Theatre MarqueePhoto Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries

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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.