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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Comes To Detroit Opera House 9/8-27

The Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc. production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince, will be at the Detroit Opera House for the first time ever September, 8-27. Tickets will go on sale May 31 at the Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787.

With worldwide grosses estimated at over $5 billion, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is the most successful entertainment venture of the twentieth century, surpassing such blockbuster films as Titanic, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. The winner of seven Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been seen by over 80 million people in 124 cities in 25 countries. Worldwide, the show consistently plays to larger audiences and in longer engagements than any other musical in history. On January 9, 2006, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest-running show in Broadway history surpassing Cats' record-holding run of 7,485 performances. The show celebrated an unprecedented milestone on January 26, 2008 when it reached its twentieth anniversary on Broadway.

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.

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 opened on January 26, 1988 with a then-record advance of $18 million. The musical went on to sweep the 1988 Tony Awards, winning seven, including Best Musical. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA also won seven Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. The original London cast recording was the first in British musical history to enter the charts at number one. It has since gone both gold and platinum in Britain and the United States, selling over 25 million copies.

Performance times for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, appearing September 8-27, 2009 at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway St., in Detroit, are as follows:

- Tuesday through Saturday performances at 8:00 p.m.

- Thursday (Sept. 24) matinee at 1:00 p.m.

- Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at 2:00 p.m.

- Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA start at $23.00 (inclusive of facility fee) and will go on sale May 31 at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets will also be available for purchase online at or, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats are available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more) please call (313) 871-1132 or visit For additional information, call (313) 872-1000 or visit

The Detroit engagement of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by arrangement with Broadway in Detroit.

Visit the official THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA website at

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