THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Added to SHN's 2014-15 Season

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Added to SHN's 2014-15 Season

SHN's Founder and President Carole Shorenstein Hays revealed today that Cameron Mackintosh's Spectacular New Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will be the 5th and final production of the SHN 2014-2015 Season.

With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, the most successful musical of all-time, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will play a six-week engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre August 26 - October 4, 2015.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA joins the previously announced engagements of the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL; the 2013 Tony Award-Winning Best Musical KINKY BOOTS; Tony Award-winning NEWSIES and TIME Magazine's #1 show of the year MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

The 2014-2015 season is currently available for renewing members only at shnsf.com or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799 (Press 2). Renewal invoices are currently being mailed.

New season memberships will be available beginning Friday, March 7 at 10am at shnsf.com or 888-746-1799.

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to San Francisco as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before."

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, "It's wonderful to have a new production of PHANTOM touring America now that the show has celebrated over 25 years on Broadway. Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the UK."

Cameron Mackintosh said, ''After a glorious celebration of 25 phenomenal years on Broadway with no end in sight, I'm delighted to be able to bring this dazzling new production of PHANTOM -- which has been phenomenally well-received by both audiences and critics in the U.K this past year -- to North America. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson's amazing costumes, I am confident North American audiences will fall in love with the PHANTOM in his new guise -- for the first time or all over again.

This new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is directed by Laurence Connor (the 25th Anniversary production of LES MISERABLES - coming to Broadway March 2014, Jesus Christ Superstar) with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

There are currently six productions of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA around the world: the flagship London production (27 Years and counting), New York (approaching 26 years), Budapest (Hungary), Hamburg (Germany), the Asian Pacific Tour and the all-new North American Tour.

Since its debut, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has grossed over $5.6 billion worldwide, with over 65,000 performances that have been seen by 130 million people in 29 countries and 150 cities in 13 languages. The show has won more than 70 major theater awards.

There have been three previous U.S. National Tours of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA that grossed over $1.5 billion in combined box office sales and played 216 engagements in 77 cities for an unprecedented total of 36 years and over 14,500 performances to 31 million people.

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.

For more information please visit: www.shnsf.com/online/phantom

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is part of the SHN 2014-2015 season, which is currently available for renewing members only at shnsf.com or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799 (Press 2). New season memberships will be available beginning Friday, March 7th at 10am. Season prices range from $172.50 - $585.00. Single tickets will go on sale at a later date.

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