The Phantom Of The Opera Celebrates Its 30th Year On Broadway

by Kathy Eddy


The Phantom Of The Opera enters its fourth decade having played 12,500 performances to 18 million people since it opened on January 26, 1988 at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), and having grossed a staggering more than $1.1 billion.  Phantom has been Broadway’s longest-running show for more than a decade and its astounding longevity in New York and around the world is unprecedented.

A week of festivities are in store as the longest-running show in Broadway history celebrates its 30th Anniversary next week.  This unprecedented milestone is a feat achieved by no other Broadway show and will feature major partnerships with Twitter, the Empire State Building and the non-profit Musicians on Call, among several other collateral events.

While the anniversary date for The Phantom of the Opera’s New York premiere is January 26, the 30th Anniversary is being celebrated two days earlier on Wednesday, January 24. The evening will feature a star-studded red carpet with arrivals such as Sierra Boggess and Imogen Lloyd Webber, a gala performance and a special post-show presentation featuring musical numbers by surprise guest artists.

The Phantom of the Opera has partnered with fellow New York City masterpiece the Empire State Building for a spectacular Music-To-Light Show* during the Gala party.  At 11PM sharp, a custom-designed light show by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman will illuminate the tower lights of the iconic building synchronized to a special arrangement of music from The Phantom of the Opera.  The show will be fully visible to all New Yorkers looking up at the “World’s Most Famous Building,” as well as a global audience on Twitter @PhantomBway. Prior to the Music-to-Light Show, the iconic Empire State Building will be lit in blue and white in honor of the 30th Anniversary.

To make the evening globally accessible to the public and the musical’s extremely dedicated fans, The Phantom of the Opera has partnered with Twitter to showcase exclusive LIVE Anniversary streaming content at three important parts of the evening. The Red Carpet, Onstage Presentation and Empire State Building Music-to-Light Show will be streamed live and in their entireties. The public can follow along @PhantomBway.