Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Broadway's longest-running show ever, The Phantom of the Opera, took its final Broadway bow on April 16, 2023, after a 35-year run.

By: Apr. 18, 2023
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Broadway's longest-running show ever, The Phantom of the Opera, took its final Broadway bow on April 16, 2023, after a 35-year run. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out exclusive photos from backstage and behind the scenes below! Check out even more from the curtain call and red carpet!

The production was previously set to close on February 18, 2023, but was extended due to incredible demand for tickets in the show's final months.

For Phantom's record of 'longest-running Broadway show of all-time' to be broken, Chicago will have to continue its Broadway run for another eight years.

As much a part of the city landscape as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has long been a New York City landmark. Widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history, the musical set the bar with its lavish sets and costumes, large cast and Broadway's largest orchestra - a perfect match for its sumptuous score and classic love story. Last Fall's closing announcement in September instantly resulted in record-breaking sales and sold-out houses for its final months.

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Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Laird Mackintosh, Emilie Kouatchou and John Riddle

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou, Laird Mackintosh and John Riddle

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and John Riddle

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Raquel Suarez Groen and Judy Kaye

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Polly Baird and Laird Mackintosh

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and Raquel Suarez Groen

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Gayle King and Emilie Kouatchou

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Gayle King and Emilie Kouatchou

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Gayle King and Emilie Kouatchou

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
John Riddle, Gayle King and Emilie Kouatchou

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and Judy Kaye

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Judy Kaye and John Riddle

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
David Green and Judy Kaye

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and George Lee Andrews

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and George Lee Andrews

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
John Riddle

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Laird Mackintosh

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and Sarah Brightman

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and Sarah Brightman

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and Sarah Brightman

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Laird Mackintosh

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Gayle King and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Glenn Close

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Sierra Boggess and Glenn Close

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Jason Robert Brown, Georgia Stitt and Molly Brown

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Thom Sesma, Sierra Boggess, Warren Carlysle and Penny Daulton

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Paul Burke and Lonny Price

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Tommy Tune and Howard McGillin

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Tommy Tune, Howard McGillin and Richard Samson

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Seth Sklar-Heyn, Peter von Mayrhauser and Fred Hanson

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Francisco and Hugh Barnett

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emily Harvey and Gavin Lee

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Ron Bohmer, Sandra Joseph, Ali Ewoldt, Kathy Voytko, Marni Raab and John Cudia

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Sara Bareilles and John Riddle

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Judy Kaye, Danny Burstein and David Green

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and John Riddle

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Emilie Kouatchou and John Riddle

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
William Ivey Long and John Riddle

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Matthew Wilkas, John Riddle and his Mother

Photos: Backstage at Closing Night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Howard McGillin and John Riddle




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