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On January 9th, 2006, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera made Broadway history by becoming the longest-running production ever. The lavish musical reached its 7,486th performance on January 9th, overtaking Cats, the previous record-holder.
Since its Broadway debut on January 26, 1988, the musical has grossed over $720 million, making it the highest-grossing show in Broadway history. Having since surpassed Cats' record by a phenomenal 3 years and 1,300 performances, it has now played over 8,800 performances - the only show in Broadway history to do so - and all with no end in sight. The musical continues to thrill audiences at New York City's Majestic Theatre eight performances a week.
The role of the masked and lovelorn 'Erik', The Phantom of the Opera', was created by musical theatre superstar Michael Crawford. Crawford won a 1988 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his legendary performance in the role. In this episode of 'Priceless Spotlight', Broadway Beat speaks with Michael Crawford on that record-breaking evening about creating the celebrated role. You will also meet the actor who played 'The Phantom' at that historic performance, Howard McGillin.
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