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Tony Nominee Norm Lewis Extends Run in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; Sierra Boggess' Successor Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group today announced several principal cast changes for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince. The longest-running show in Broadway history and the most successful stage production of all-time, PHANTOM recently surpassed the milestone of performance #11,000 in New York – an unprecedented feat achieved by no other Broadway show. The Broadway production has played to more than 16 million people at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), the musical's home for more than 26 record-breaking years. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 17, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA below! (more...)

Sierra Boggess Encourages Twitter Fans to Attend Her Final PHANTOM Performance
by BWW News Desk - Aug 02, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera's current Christine Daae, Sierra Boggess, recently took to Twitter to remind her fans to be sure to see her perform before she leaves the Broadway show. (more...)

BWW Blog: A Trip to Broadway to See the Current Dynamic Cast of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by Kelli Curtin - Jul 30, 2014

There is something special about recalling a first trip to Broadway - being in the heart of New York City, the bustling crowds, the lights, the anticipation . . . this is what a trip to see a show on Broadway is all about. I was not only fortunate enough to have a chance to see the current cast of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, but I also had a chance to introduce a good friend to her first Broadway show. Even in introducing a friend to the magic of Broadway, the experience was hypnotic and enchanted, and reminded me exactly what it was like to see my first Broadway show. What a better way to introduce someone to theatre than a production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in New York City. This production is full of life and passion, and encompasses memorable performances that audiences will not soon forget. (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Announces New Contest 'The Art of the Mask'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today an extensive multi-tiered art contest in connection with the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince. (more...)

BWW TV: 11,000 Performances and Still Going! THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Cast Celebrates Another Milestone
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 09, 2014

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, has again made theater history, reaching the unprecedented milestone of 11,000 performances. A feat achieved by no other Broadway show, the 11,000th performance was celebrated last night at the Majestic Theatre, and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to catch the special curtain call and backstage celebration with the company. Check out what Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and more had to say on the big night below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess & THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Cast Celebrate 11,000 Backstage!
by Walter McBride - Jul 09, 2014

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, has again made theater history, reaching the unprecedented milestone of 11,000 performances. A feat achieved by no other Broadway show, the 11,000th performance was celebrated last night at the Majestic Theatre, and you can check out photos from the backstage celebration below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 11,000th Performance on Broadway!
by Walter McBride - Jul 09, 2014

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, has again made theater history, reaching the unprecedented milestone of 11,000 performances. A feat achieved by no other Broadway show, the 11,000th performance was celebrated last night at the Majestic Theatre, and you can check out photos from the special curtain call below! (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Plays 11,000th Performance on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today that the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince, has again made theater history, reaching the unprecedented milestone of 11,000 performances. A feat achieved by no other Broadway show, the 11,000th performance took place Monday evening, July 7. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Lewis and Boggess Add Luster to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by Michael Dale - Jun 12, 2014

Two terrific stars join a 26-year-old production that's in excellent shape. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Welcomes Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess- More Photos!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 09, 2014

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA just released new production photos featuring its new leads Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis. BroadwayWorld brings you even more photos of the new cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA just revealed production photos featuring its new leads Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis on Facebook. Scroll down for a first look at the stars in action! (more...)

BWW TV: Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Jeremy Hays Sing from PHANTOM at STARS IN THE ALLEY
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 21, 2014

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines and hosted by Norm Lewis, brought the best of Broadway to Shubert Alley this morning, featuring numbers from nearly 25 shows, which were accompanied by a live 12-piece orchestra. BroadwayWorld was on the scene to capture the alley-shaking performances, including Sierra Boggess and Jeremy Hays performing 'All I Ask of You' and Lewis singing 'Music of the Night'. Below is our first footage of Boggess and Lewis singing songs from the show! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Boogie Down with Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and the PHANTOM Cast!
by Walter McBride - May 13, 2014

After the show, the cast, family and creative team members headed to celebrate the night at a post show celebration at the Paramount Hotel and of course, BroadwayWorld.com was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
by Walter McBride - May 13, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera, which is now in its 26th year on Broadway, celebrated yet another in a long line of milestones last evening, as it welcomed former LITTLE MERMAID co-stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess to the cast on Monday, May 12, at the Majestic Theater. The audience erupted in cheers last night, as history was made when Norm Lewis became the first African-American performer to star as The Phantom in the Broadway production. In attendance were stars ranging from Lea DeLaria, to Sherie Rene Scott and icons like André De Shields and Melba Moore, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Hal Price. They were joined by with friends, family, press and of course the show's usual, sold-out audience. (more...)

Sierra Boggess' Weekly PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Schedule Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera, now in its 26th year on Broadway, will welcome former 'LITTLE MERMAID' co-stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess to the cast on Monday, May 12, at the Majestic Theater. BroadwayWorld has learned that while Lewis will perform in eight shows a week, Boggess will assume the usual 'Christine' schedule of six per week. Boggess will appear in all performances Tuesdays through Saturdays. Alternate Sara Jean Fordwill perform the role on Saturdays and Mondays. (more...)

Breaking News: Broadway Stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess to Take Over in PHANTOM This May!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

This just in! Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group just announced that THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will welcome a starry leading combination beginning Monday, May 12. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 12/7-12/8/2013
by - Dec 08, 2013

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Sunday, December 8, 2013. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Cast Records Carols For A Cure
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Dec 08, 2013

Stars and casts from the current Broadway line-up have been busy in the studio, recording for the 2013 Broadway's Carols for a Cure, Volume 15. Singing traditional and original holiday songs, this annual holiday music CD benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive photos from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's recording session for 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo' with castmembers Bill Kazdan, Joy L. Matthews-Jacobs, Cindy Hoxie, Wade Walfon, Kenneth Kantor, Angie Finn, Rose Mary Taylor, Laird Mackintosh, David Michael Garry, Victoria Toelker, Marni Raab, Mary Michael Patterson, Lynne Abeles, Elizabeth Welch, Nathan Patrick Morgan, Kelly Jeanne Grant, Jeremy Hays, Duane McDevitt, Michele McConnell, Santomi Hofman, Katherine McNamee, Tim Jerome, Heather Hill, Grace P. Jones, Arlo Hill, Elena Pellicciaro, Richard Poole and Sarah Bakker. (more...)

BroadwayWorld is Most Thankful For: Long Running Shows - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 01, 2013

It's Broadway's long-running shows that keep Times Square bustling year-round with theatre-goers from around the world who are making it to the Great White Way for their first time. The Phantom of the Opera, is Broadway's longest-running show, playing over 10750 performances at the Majestic Theatre. (more...)

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