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Photo Coverage: Phantastic Phantom Breaks Broadway Record

On January 9th, The Phantom of the Opera made Broadway history by becoming the longest-running production ever. The lavish musical, which will also reach its 18th anniversary on January 26th, reached its 7,486th performance on January 9th, overtaking Cats, the previous record-holder.

The Phantom of the Opera had its world premiere on October 9, 1986 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, winning every major British theatre award including the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards. The New York production, starring London stars Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, opened on January 26, 1988. The musical won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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Peter Scolari

Jim Dale

Maria Friedman

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Crawford, who arrived together

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford

Jim Romick

Nick Wyman

The show's regular curtain call, kicked off in front of a enthusiastic audience...

Heather McFadden

Larry Wayne Morbitt

Marilyn Caskey

George Lee Andrews and Tim Jerome

Ann Runolfsson

Tim Martin Gleason

Howard McGillin

Phantom's current leads...

A final bow for the show's current cast

On hand to pass off the baton of longest running show - a Cat!

A Phantom and a Cat take a bow...

Previous cast members then joined the current cast on stage, including numerous Christines...

...and of course - Phantoms!

The entire company singing Masquerade

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber

Director Hal Prince

Gillian Lynne, Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber 

Producer Cameron Mackintosh

Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Gillian Lynne, Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber

The show's first Phantom - Michael Crawford

Crawford's first act on stage? Congratulating and hugging current Phantom Howard McGillin

...and current Christine Sandra Joseph

After an emotional speech about his history with the show, and what it was like seeing it for the first time as an audience member...

...Michael then kicked off the celebration for the night!

Let the party begin!


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