The show has won more than 60 major theater awards, including seven 1988 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and three Olivier Awards in the West End. The original cast recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time. In September 2010, student productions of PHANTOM started being licensed through R&H Theatricals, and so far have been performed at hundreds of high schools and colleges across the U.S. and in Canada.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Operatells 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 is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc., has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Phantom of the Opera has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA currently stars Hugh Panaro in the title role with Marni Raab as Christine and Kyle Barisich as Raoul. The musical co-stars Jim Weitzer (Monsieur André), Tim Jerome (Monsieur Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Ellen Harvey (Madame Giry), Christian Šebek (Piangi) and Kara Klein (Meg Giry). At certain performances, Samantha Hill plays Christine.
Beginning the week of January 21, 2013 and in time for the 25th Anniversary performance, Broadway and West End star Sierra Boggess will join the New York cast for a strictly limited engagement through March 2, 2013. During these 6 weeks, Samantha Hill will play Christine on Monday evenings and Wednesday matinees. The rest of the current cast will perform as part of the 25th Anniversary performance.
Ms. Boggess' long history with the musical began when she originated the role of Christine in the revised Las Vegas production in 2006. She later played the role for the London production's 25th Anniversary, which was marked by a special production at The Royal Albert Hall in October 2011. She was also chosen to originate the role of Christine in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, earning her a 2011 Olivier Award nomination. Ms. Boggess is currently starring in Cameron Mackintosh's original, record-breaking London production of LES MISERABLES as Fantine.
The performance schedule for The Phantom of the Opera is Monday evenings at 8PM, Tuesday evenings at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8PM, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM. Ticket prices range from $27 - $137 with Premium Tickets also available. To order tickets, visit telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.