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Photo Coverage: Phantom of the Opera Gala at the Waldorf Astoria

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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Michael Crawford (Original Phantom)

George Lee Andrews (Monsieur Andre)

Richard Warren Pugh (Bouqet)

Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera)

Richard Samson, Howard McGillin and his son, Brian

Doug Nevin and Jeff Marx

Sandra Joseph (Christine Daae)

Sandra Joseph and husband Ron Bohmer (Woman In White)

Sandra Joseph and Howard McGillin

Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez

Ron Bohmer, Sandra Joseph, Adrian Der Gregorian and Maria Friedman (Woman In White)

Sandra Joseph and Maria Friedman

Ron Bohmer and Maria Friedman

John Cudia with wife Kathy Voytko

Stephen Buntrock (Marksman), Gillian Lynne (Musical Staging & Choroergraphy), Erin Dilly (Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang) and Abigail Simon

Gillian Lynne and Abigail Simon

Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!)

Craig Schulman


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