The Third National Tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Pantages Theatre 10/31
Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc. have confirmed that the third national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA , known as the Music Box Company, will play its final performance on Halloween Night -- Sunday, October 31, 2010 -- at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.
Tickets for the final performance of the tour are now on sale to the general public online at www.BroadwayLA.org, by phone at 800-982-2787, or in person at the Pantages Theatre Box Office. Prices for this landmark final performance currently range from $50-$250.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is the most successful and longest continuously-running tour in U.S. history. The New York production, now in its record-breaking 23rd year, continues on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre with no end in sight. The musical has been represented on the road since the First National Tour began performances in Los Angeles in May 1989. Since that time, there have been three U.S. national touring productions. The First National Tour (Christine Company) played Los Angeles and San Francisco for a combined total run of almost 10 years, grossing $305,192,485 with 3,902 performances and 6.6 million patrons. The Second National Tour (Raoul Company) played major markets during an 8 and a half year run, grossing $393,608,819 with 3,364 performances and 7.5 million patrons. The Third National Tour (Music Box Company) is the only production still currently touring the U.S. and will have played 7,284 performances at the time of its closing, spanning almost 18 years on the road.
The three U.S. national tours have grossed over $1.5 billion in combined box office sales. When the Music Box Company concludes its run on October 31, the three touring companies will have played 216 engagements in 77 cities for an unprecedented combined total of 36 years and over 14,500 performances.
The longest-running show in Broadway history, the New York production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA celebrated its 22nd Anniversary earlier this year - the musical's latest in a long line of record-breaking milestones. Since its debut on January 26, 1988, PHANTOM has grossed over $780 million, making it the highest-grossing show in Broadway history, and has amassed an unprecedented 9,000 performances and counting.
Worldwide, over 65,000 performances of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA have been seen by 100 million people in 27 countries and 144 cities. Its international success - equally staggering - is represented by total worldwide grosses estimated at over $5 billion. This colossal figure makes PHANTOM the most successful entertainment venture of all time, surpassing not only any other stage production, but also far surpassing the world's highest-grossing film Avatar (at $2.7 billion) and such other blockbusters as Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. There are currently seven productions around the world: London, New York, Budapest (Hungary), Nagoya (Japan), Seoul (Korea), the U.S. National Tour and a revised production in Las Vegas at The Venetian. The Broadway production is the winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Complete Casting Unmasked
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA stars Tim Martin Gleason as The Phantom, with Trista Moldovan as the young soprano, Christine, and Sean MacLaughlin as Raoul. Also featured will be Kim Stengel as Carlotta Giudicelli, D.C. Anderson as Monsieur André, Michael McCoy as Monsieur Firmin, Nancy Hess as Madame Giry, Luke Grooms as Ubaldo Piangi and Paloma Garcia-Lee as Meg. At certain performances, Kelly Jeanne Grant plays the role of Christine.
Rounding out the cast for this final tour engagement will be Dara Adler, Emily Adonna, Lawrence Asher, Dallyn Vail Bayles, Erin Brooke Burton, Triana Cristobal, Joelle Gates, Satomi Hofmann, Annika Johansson, Anne Kanengeiser, Kfir, Anna Laghezza, Elaine Matthews, Justin Lee Miller, Kristi Patricia, Justin Peck, Lily Rose Peck, Gregory Emanuel Rahming, Thomas Schumacher, Pamela Shandrow, Sally Ann Swarm, Stephen Tewksbury, Kirk Vaughn-Robinson, Carrington Vilmont, and Elizabeth Welch with swing performers William Patrick Dunne, Michael Scott Harris and Laureen Vigil and vacation covers Kyle Barisish, David Gaschen, Sarah Anne Lewis and Rob Lorey.
Based on the classic novel 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 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 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. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Bjornson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
For more information, please visit www.thephantomoftheopera.com.