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The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber ’s  The Phantom of the Opera  debuted in 1988, winning seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical.

Based on Gaston Leroux’s horror novel, it tells the enticing story of The Phantom, who haunts the stage of the Paris Opera and subsequently falls in love with a beautiful young soprano. Audiences are in for a thrilling night of spectacle and romance, accompanied by an unforgettable musical score.

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The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera debuted in 1988, winning seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Based on Gaston Leroux’s horror novel, it tells the enticing story of the Phantom, who haunts the stage of the Paris Opera and subsequently falls in love with a beautiful young soprano. Audiences are in for a thrilling night of spectacle and romance, accompanied by Broadway’s most unforgettable score.

Know Before You Go

Both romantic and scary, The Phantom of the Opera is a thrilling night of theater with grand emotions. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score, with its beloved signature song “Music of the Night,” sets the mood, but you may also find yourself humming the gorgeous period costumes and simple yet grand sets (even the famous chandelier, which probably falls slower than you’d expect, is a thrill).

"Phantom rules! It remains as fresh and spectacular as ever. Andrew Lloyd Webber's score has a visceral tug more than almost any score written in the past 20 years. Beautiful and romantic, I have to tip my hat: The Phantom of the Opera has aged divinely." NY1 Roma Torre
"Phantom still delivers the goods! Judging by sheer invention, emotional punch and onstage talent, the venerable blockbuster still beats out almost all of the shippersnappers currently on Broadway. Maria Bjornson's flamboyant gothic design and Harold Prince's fantastical staging still have the gleam of finely polished professionalism." The New York Times Jason Zinoman

Frequently Asked Questions

Grand opera and lush romance might not be their cup of tea. And the Phantom is a frightening guy. There are old-fashioned scare moments throughout—a dead corpse plunging from a noose, shrieking-for-their-lives ballerinas, that disfigured face... Such sights will either send your kid burying their face in your arm or thinking it’s the coolest show in town.

Cast & Creative

Ben Crawford was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and received a BFA in Music Theatre from The University of Arizona. His Broadway credits include  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  (Mr. Salt), the titular character in Shrek The Musical , Big Fish (Edward Bloom u/s, Don Price), Les Misérables (Javert/Valjean u/s) and On the Twentieth Century (Bruce Granit u/s). Phantom marks Ben’s sixth Broadway show and he is beyond grateful to be able to jump into this iconic role. Ben has also starred in over twenty regional theatre productions ranging from Che in Evita (Studio Tenn), Starbuck in 110 in the Shade (Ford’s Theatre), Luther Billis in South Pacific (Ogunquit Playhouse), Frederick Barrett in Titanic (MUNY) and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (Fox Theatre).

Emilie is making her Broadway debut in  Phantom . Recent credits include  Unknown Soldier  (Playwrights Horizons);  Oklahoma!  (Broadway at Music Circus, Sacramento, CA);  Merrily We Roll Along ,  Passing Strange ,  Me and My Girl ,  Violet ,  A Man of No Importance  (University of Michigan);  Sweeney Todd  (Connecticut Repertory Theater). Graduate, University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre program. She is extremely grateful for the love and support from her family, friends, team at CGF Talent and everyone who has supported her throughout the years. 

John Riddle has been seen on Broadway in Frozen (Hans),  The Visit (Young Anton) and on the national tour of  Evita . Other favorites credits include Tony in West Side Story (Casa Mañana), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (PCLO), Eric in The Little Mermaid (Muny), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center) and My Paris (Long Wharf). He has appeared in the concert performances of  The Secret Garden (Lincoln Center) and with the Cincinnati Pops, as well as performed his solo show Keep It Simple at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Sara is honored to be joining the  Phantom  legacy! Former soloist with Miami City Ballet, Princess Grace Fellowship Award recipient for dance. Broadway/First National:  An American in Paris  (Lise Dassin). Other:  Brigadoon  (Jean, NYCC Encores!),  A Chorus Line  (Maggie, Encores!; Cassie, Cape Playhouse),  Marie Dancing Still  (5th Avenue, Seattle),  Alien/Nation  (Williamstown Theater Festival, Forest of Arden Co. Member). Film/TV:  West Side Story  (dir. Steven Spielberg), Fosse/Verdon, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . Love to BRS/Gage and my family! F+A,NMW. For Nana.

Raquel Suarez Groen is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut with  Phantom ! Off-Broadway: Roxanne Conti,  iFigaro (90210)! (Duke Theater); Grand Dame in Vox Lumiere’s  Phantom of the Opera . Opera: Marzelline, Fidelio  (Opera Carolina); Frasquita,  Carmen  (Opera San Antonio, Venture Opera); Susanna,  Le nozze di Figaro  (Opera on the James); Lauretta,  Gianni Schicchi (Opera on the James, DiCapo Opera); Opera Lyra Ottawa; Syracuse Opera. Awards: Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Prize Winner; Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition, Prize Winner. Special thanks to my loving mom and dad, Tara Rubin Casting, Renée Fleming, Joan Lader, Diana and Bernard Uzan and my team at UIA!

Maree Johnson is thrilled to be returning to  The Phantom of the Opera  and making her Broadway debut! Born in Sydney and now living in Manhattan, Maree played Christine Daaé in Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian production. Other Australian credits include  Cats  (Grizabella),  Les Misérables ,  West Side Story  (Maria),  My Fair Lady  (Eliza),  Scrooge  (Isabel/Helen), two concert productions of  Follies  (Young Heidi, Young Sally) and the lead in Sondheim’s  You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow  at Sydney Opera House. Maree’s U.S. credits include  Z orba (The Widow),  Passion  (Fosca, Barrymore Award nomination) and  Myths & Hymns  (Emily). As always, love and thanks to Jason, Audra and Helena.

Craig Bennett's Broadway credits include  The Last Ship (Billy Thompson), A Tale of Two Cities (Jerry Cruncher), South Pacific (Thomas Hassinger) and  Miss Saigon (Sgt. Schultz). Off-Broadway: Music in the Air (City Center Encores!), Citizen Ruth (NY Fringe Festival). National tour: The Phantom of the Opera (Monsieur Firmin), The Light in the Piazza (Signor Naccarelli), Billy Elliot (Big Davey), Mamma Mia! (Bill Austin), Ragtime (Willie Conklin), Les Misérables (Combeferre). Regional: A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Randy Newman’s Faust (Michael), House of Martin Guerre (Jehannot), all at The Goodman Theater, Chicago. Thanks to Steve and Dale. Love to Sala and Mako.

Broadway:  All My Sons ,  Phantom of the Opera  (closing cast),  Flying Over Sunset ,  School of Rock ,  Gettin ’ The Band Back Together ,  Les Miserables  (Original Revival Cast),  Threepenny  Opera .  Off-Broadway includes:  Cyrano ,  Working  (2008 revision),  Grand Hotel  (Encores!),  Three Sisters .  Regional credits includes Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center.  Video Game: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.  Film/TV: Law & Order SVU (NBC), The Wire (HBO), Search Party (HBO),  Blackout .

Heralded by  The New York Times  as an “ardent tenor,” Carlton Moe debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2013. A native of Portland, Oregon, he has performed with such organizations as the Oregon Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Napa Music Festival, Savannah Voice Festival, Opera in Williamsburg, Charlottesville Symphony Society, and the Martina Arroyo Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Portland State University and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he attended on a full scholarship.

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'Phantom of the Opera' takes a final Broadway bow after 13,981 performances

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John Riddle as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as the Phantom and Emilie Kouatchou as Christine, take a bow at the end of the final performance of the Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater in New York City on April 16, 2023. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

John Riddle as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as the Phantom and Emilie Kouatchou as Christine, take a bow at the end of the final performance of the Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater in New York City on April 16, 2023.

On Sunday night, April 16, the curtain will fall on the longest-running show in Broadway history. The Phantom of the Opera , Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega hit musical, is closing after more than 35 years.

The stats are absolutely staggering – since it opened on Broadway in January of 1988, Phantom has played almost 14,000 performances to audiences of over 20 million, grossing over $1.3 billion. An estimated 6,500 people have been employed by the production – including over 400 actors – and it takes a cast, orchestra and crew of 125 to put on the show. On Monday, it will all be over.

"I got the gig of a lifetime. There's no other way to describe it," says Richard Poole, who's been a member of the ensemble, playing small roles, for almost 25 years. "It's given me the ability to have security, to plan ahead," says Poole. "It gives me discipline and structure in my life, and it gives me a constant way to maintain my craft."

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Steve Barton (from left), Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman during the curtain call at the end of the premiere performance of The Phantom of the Opera on Jan. 26, 1988 at New York's Majestic Theatre. Ed Bailey/AP hide caption

Musician Joyce Hammann has been at the show even longer than Poole: "I'm concertmaster at Phantom of the Opera , which is first violin. And holy moly, I've been there 33 and a half years." Hammann is one of several members of the orchestra to have a "Phantom baby" – her son, Jackson just turned 18. "This has been his home away from home," she says. "People [here] have watched him grow up. He had the pleasure of sitting backstage during Saturday matinees sometimes when I wasn't able to get a babysitter."

The Phantom of the Opera , for those who've never seen it, is the story of a disfigured genius who haunts the Paris Opera House, pining away for a young soprano, Christine, who's in love with a dashing count. People die, a chandelier crashes to the stage, but love kinda triumphs ... all set to a sweeping romantic score.

25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

"I was very keen to write something which was a high romance at the time, having done Evita and having done Cats and various things, which ... didn't let me ... go in that direction at all," Lloyd Webber recalled in 2013, for the show's 25 th anniversary on Broadway. When he read Gaston Leroux's novel, he found the vehicle and collaborated with Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart on the adaptation, directed by Hal Prince.

"I think the enduring appeal is because it's so romantic and because audiences escape into it," the late director said for the 25 th anniversary. "It has a world of its own. And whatever problems they have out on the street and in their daily lives, they come in here and it's like a little kid tripping on a fairy tale or something. Only this is a slightly dangerous one. But the point is, I think that they escape from reality for a couple of hours and in a romantic world."

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"The Phantom being misunderstood, I think is a big symbol for a lot of people," says Ben Crawford, who now has the distinction of being the last Phantom to haunt the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. [Ed. Note: Laird Mackintosh played the Phantom at the final performance on Sunday, April 16, filling in for Crawford who was ill.] Like other Phantoms before him, he has a special relationship with the Phans who've visited the show over and over. Some even send him their own artwork. "They saw that I had dinosaurs in my room," he says, "because when I play with my kids on FaceTime, my son loves dinosaurs, so they 3D printed this velociraptor that's, like, in a tuxedo with a phantom mask. And it came to my dressing room in a box with, like, holes in it so it could breathe."

But even the longest running show in Broadway history has to close at some point. Producer Cameron Mackintosh says Phantom was losing money, even before the pandemic. So, last September, he and Andrew Lloyd Webber announced a final date. "The following week, we were profitable for the first time," Mackintosh said in a phone interview from London. "So, you know, it was the right decision to take at the right time. And, you know, I think people's memory now is back with people saying Phantom of the Opera is one of the great successes of all time, which is what one always prays when a great show finishes."

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So, Phantom is going out with a bang – it's been selling out again. Music supervisor and conductor David Caddick has been around since the very beginning – he was music director for a staged reading on Andrew Lloyd Webber's estate back in 1984. He's conducting the final performances on Broadway. "I simply don't know how I'll feel on the morning of the 17th of April," Caddick says. "At the moment, it's about maintaining what we have: keeping the show vibrant. I still give notes to the actors, to the orchestra. We will look to maintain every element of the production through to the very last note."

There are plans for some surprises at the final curtain call. Actor Richard Poole says the closing is bittersweet. " I was retiring anyway," he says. "So, I have a very enviable spot in my life in the fact that I had something to go to, which was nothing!" For the other 124 people employed by The Phantom of the Opera , it's time to find a new gig.

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The Phantom of the Opera marquee is shown above on April 13, 2023, at the Majestic Theater in New York City. The final performance will be on Sunday, April 16. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes to a city near you as part of a brand new North American Tour. This production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score, boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography and has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.”

The Phantom of the Opera sings to his young voice student, Christine, who stands facing away from him and entranced by his song.

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The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most successful pieces of entertainment of all time, produced in any media, and its success is continuing all over the world.

  • Played to over 140 million people in 33 countries in 166   cities around the world with an estimated gross of $6 billion
  • The countries are England, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Eire, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Scotland, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Wales, Estonia, Russia, Singapore, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Philippines, China, Czech Republic, Thailand, Turkey and Finland
  • The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including Titanic, ET, Star Wars and Avatar.
  • Played for almost 30 years and over 12,000 performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London
  • Played in 15 different languages : English, French, German, Japanese, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Castilian, Hungarian, Dutch, Korean, Portuguese, Mexican Spanish, Estonian and Russian
  • Won over 70 major theatre awards including 3 Olivier Awards, an Evening Standard Award, 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, 7 Drama Desk Awards and 5 Outer Critic Circle Awards.
  • The original cast recording was the first in British musical history to enter the charts at number one. Album sales now exceed 40 million
  • On 9 January 2006 the New York production overtook Cats to become the longest-running show in Broadway history with its 7,486 th On 7 July 2014 it celebrated its 11,000 th performance on Broadway.

Technical Facts about the Original Production

  • The dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads consisting of 35 beads to each string. It is 3 metres wide and weighs one ton. The touring version falls at 2.5 metres per second. The original version was built by 5 people in 4 weeks.
  • The Phantom’s make-up takes 2 hours to put on and 30 minutes to take off. The face is moisturised, closely shaved and the prosthetics are fitted, setting immediately, before 2 wigs, 2 radio microphones and 2 contact lenses (one white and one clouded) are placed.
  • 2,230 metres of fabric are used for the drapes, 900 of them specially dyed. The tasselled fringes measure 226 metres. They are made up of 250 kilos of dyed wool interwoven with 5,000 wooden beads imported from India. Each one is handmade and combed through with an Afro comb.
  • There are 130 cast, crew and orchestra members directly involved in each performance.
  • Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines.

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Experience the thrill of the West End’s most haunting love story, starring  Jon Robyns  as The Phantom,  Lily Kerhoas  as Christine Daaé and  Joe Griffiths-Brown  as Raoul.

The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history, playing to over 160 million people in 46 countries and 193 cities in 21 languages. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic, haunting and soaring score includes  Music of the Night ,  All I Ask of You ,  Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again ,  Masquerade  and the iconic title song. 

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Discover the real history behind 'The Phantom of the Opera'

Learn about the myths and legends that inspired the classic musical.

Gillian Russo

The Phantom of the Opera is there, inside your... history book? He could be, or at least inside a book of legends. The story of a masked, disfigured Paris Opera House dweller who puts an ingenue under his musical spell sounds like the stuff of myths. But stories of a chandelier crash and a ghost at the opera house in Paris circulated long before The Phantom of the Opera , now set to close in February 2023, became the longest-running Broadway show and third-longest-running West End show in history.

Compoer   Andrew Lloyd Webber based the show on a 1910 novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux. And he based his novel on multiple spooky events in the Palais Garnier, the opera house where the  Phantom book and musical are set.

Some of the stories of people, places, and events that inspired  The Phantom of the Opera are true. Others are probably not, but they're fun legends that Leroux immortalized and Webber later made famous with his iconic score. While no one knows exactly how true these stories are, here's how they inspired Leroux to create the tale that haunts and thrills audiences over a century later, and how Webber made them his own.

Experience these tales now before  The Phantom of the Opera  closes on Broadway.

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Is  The Phantom of the Opera  based on a true story?

Yes and no — the plot of  The Phantom of the Opera  is fictional, but parts are inspired by true stories and legends. While everything in the musical did not actually happen, many elements of the show (and the novel it's based on) are taken from real stories of what happened at a Paris opera house. For example, there was actually a devastating chandelier accident, and there are many rumors of a ghostly presence haunting the theatre.

Read more below to find out what true (and ghost) stories inspired the record-breaking show, and see them on stage before The Phantom of the Opera  closes. 

The chandelier crash in Phantom  was inspired by a true event. 

The Act 1 finale, during which a one-ton chandelier comes crashing down onto the stage, is one of the most iconic moments in The Phantom of the Opera musical. It's thrilling to watch live, and it was inspired by a real tragedy at the Palais Garnier. Contrary to popular belief, though, it wasn't actually the chandelier that fell. On May 20, 1896, a performance of the opera Helle was underway when a counterweight, one of multiple which held the chandelier up, broke loose and fell through the ceiling.

One person was killed, and several others were injured. Forensic investigators later said a nearby electrical wire probably overheated and melted the steel cable holding up the counterweight, causing its fall. In The Phantom of the Opera book and musical, the Phantom cuts the whole chandelier loose during the curtain call of the opera Il Muto , in order to exact revenge on Christine for falling in love with Raoul instead of him. Luckily, no one in the musical dies from the crash.

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The Paris Opera House really has an underground lake.

Yes, the Palais Garnier actually has an underground lake! In the  Phantom musical and book, the lake is the centerpiece of the Phantom's lair. A feat of theatrical magic transforms the Broadway stage into the lake, on which the Phantom and Christine ride on a canoe amid the mist, as he sings the music of the night.

Legend goes that a faceless man (and some fish) once lived in the lake. Leroux heard the rumor and ran with it. In reality, the lake looks more like a sewer and had a much more practical purpose: keeping well and steam pump water away while the opera house foundation was being built. The only occupants of the "lake" as of late are a single white catfish (the opera house staff's unofficial pet) and French firefighters, who practice swimming in the dark there. We wonder if they've ever heard music coming from seemingly nowhere while doing so...

The Phantom is based on a real ghost story.

The many legends that inspired the Phantom are shrouded in as much mystery as the character himself. One story goes that in 1873, a stage fire destroyed the Paris Opera company's old venue, the Salle Le Peletier. (That part is true.) A ballerina died and her fiancé, a pianist, was disfigured. Legend has it that he retreated to the underground of the Palais Garnier, the company's new venue, and lived there until he died. Is he the same faceless man that supposedly lived in the lake? That's uncertain, but it's clear how these legends inspired the Phantom's appearance and living situation in Leroux's book.

Another rumor that inspired Leroux is the story of a ghost who haunts the Palais Garnier. Not only did the tale inspire him, but Leroux became obsessed with proving that the ghost was real. In the prologue to The Phantom of the Opera  novel, he talks about the mysterious disappearance of one Vicomte de Chagny, who disappeared to Canada for 15 years without a trace. When he finally returned to Paris, he immediately went to the Palais and asked for a free opera ticket.

Leroux goes on to claim that Chagny and his brother were fighting over Christine Daaé (a fictional character), insinuating that a "tragedy" happened between the two. Since the Vicomte is clearly the inspiration for Christine's childhood friend and lover, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, in Leroux's novel, it appears he believed the brother is the ghost, who was killed in some sort of tussle and now haunts the shadowy corners of the Palais Garnier.

Though the ghost's presence is hearsay — or, according to some sources, the opera house ghost is actually a jilted old woman — Leroux firmly believed the ghost is real. He also claimed that a body was unearthed below the Palais Garnier, which belonged to the would-be ghost and proved his story. (The fact that the revolutionary French Commune government used the Palais basement to hold prisoners is a somewhat more likely explanation for the body.) After all that, it's almost ironic that the titular character of The Phantom of the Opera isn't an actual ghost, but he kept the name "The Phantom" for his otherworldly, ghostly presence.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote Christine Daaé based on his real love story. 

Christine Daaé is a fully fictional character, but some researchers say she was inspired by Christina Nilsson, a Swedish soprano who enjoyed a 20-year career as an acclaimed international opera singer. Other accounts say that Christine was partly inspired by a ballerina named Nanine Dorival, though no one knows for sure. Dorival (along with an acquaintance of Leroux's named Madame la Baronne de Castelot-Barbezac) is also said to have inspired the character of Meg Giry, as Dorival and Giry's mothers are both boxkeepers.

What's certain is that Webber's real-life romance inspired how he'd adapt Christine's character for the musical 70 years later. When he was writing The Phantom of the Opera , Webber was married to Sarah Brightman, a classical soprano who he'd met and married after she starred in his musical Cats in the West End.

He wrote the role of Christine for Brightman, composing the character's songs to fit her vocal range. After she originated the role in the West End, Webber naturally wanted Brightman to do so on Broadway, too. The Actor's Equity union refused at first, saying he should cast an American actor and that international Broadway leads had to be major stars. But love conquered all — Webber insisted, and he came to a compromise with Equity that he'd cast an American lead in his next London production. Webber and Brightman eventually divorced, but her influence on the role remains forever.

The Phantom of the Opera love triangle comes from a legend. 

One of the inspirations for the main characters' love triangle is mentioned above, about how two brothers supposedly fought over a woman named Christine. There's another spooky story, though, that is said to have inspired Leroux. According to legend, a ballet dancer named Boismaison fell for the aforementioned  ballerina Nanine Dorival. However, a French sergeant, Monsieur Mauzurier, also loved her, and he took it upon himself to get Boismaison out of the picture.

Boismaison had willed his bones to the Paris Opera in the hopes that he'd stay near his lover even after he died. According to a now-debunked legend, they honored his wishes and held onto his bones, even using his skeleton as a prop in Le Freischütz , an opera by Carl Maria von Weber. Nevertheless, the fabled love triangle inspired that of Raoul, the Phantom, and Christine. With source material as bizarre as this, it's no wonder that The Phantom of the Opera 's love story became a Gothic horror for the ages.

Originally published on Sep 29, 2022 13:00

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Cameron Mackintosh’s exciting new tour of  The Phantom of the Opera  brings the dramatic doomed love triangle to San Francisco’s SHN Orpheum Theatre. Described by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” the latest edition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece offers bold new staging with original costumes, fresh choreography and exciting special effects (including the legendary chandelier) — plus a soaring score filled with memorable songs like “Masquerade,” “The Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You.” Mackintosh is known for producing sensational musical hits like  Miss Saigon ,  Cats ,  Mary Poppins  and  Les Misérables  (both the live show and the 2012 Oscar-nominated film). But  Phantom  might just be his best work yet. It’s certainly the biggest — with a cast and orchestra of 52. This  Phantom  is one of the largest musical productions currently on tour, and now’s your chance to snap up some amazing San Francisco Theater tickets.

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Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes to a city near you as part of a brand new North American Tour. This production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score, boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography and has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.”

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Local news | avalanche at palisades tahoe ski resort; rescuers searching for anyone injured, trapped, local news | ‘phantom of the opera’ screens at saratoga church, organist to play silent film’s score.

Organist Walt Strony will provide live music for a Jan. 20 screening of the 1925 classic film “Phantom of the Opera,” set for 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Saratoga. Strony’s accompaniment includes parts of the silent film’s original score, played on the church’s Casavant organ. (Courtesy photo)

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Organist Walt Strony will provide live music for a Jan. 20 screening of the 1925 classic film “Phantom of the Opera,” set for 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 14103 Saratoga Ave. Strony’s accompaniment includes parts of the silent film’s original score, played on the church’s Casavant organ.

A reception with Strony follows the screening. Tickets are $20 at phantom-live.eventbrite.com .

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Best Things to Know About Starting at NYU in the Spring!

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I know firsthand how intimidating joining NYU in the spring can be. During the long months of fall that followed my high school graduation, I was filled with both anticipation and nerves. What would my NYU journey be like?

To be sure, finding friends, learning to live in New York City, and figuring out my academic schedule seemed like a lot to tackle at once. Especially since it felt like everybody else would have time to figure out these things during the fall semester. Additionally, I remember wishing I knew more about how to prepare for the spring. So, I hope that my spring-start experience and the lessons I learned will be helpful!

Before NYU...

Reaching out to your academic adviser.

As I say on my tours , your academic adviser is the person who holds your hand through your NYU journey. They help you create your academic plan and make sure you are on track to graduate. If you want to pursue minors or study abroad, they will help you figure out what you need to do to make that happen! Also, I recommend doing your own research on your major requirements and which classes you need to take. This way, you have more background to explore fun courses and interesting minors.

Prepared with an academic plan, I was comfortable choosing courses each semester, especially knowing  I had room to pursue both of the minors I wanted. Additionally, I knew I wanted to study away. As a result, I planned my semesters out perfectly so I would have that opportunity. Of course your plan will change as you explore what you want to do, but having an initial one will help you feel confident going forward.

What’s more, while most schools at NYU require you to apply with a major in mind, you can continue to explore major options once you are enrolled and taking classes. The internal transfer process is easy to navigate if you are interested in switching schools or majors. Additionally, you can double major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

When I first came to NYU, I wanted to pursue a double major in Economics along with my Applied Psychology major. Then, I wanted to transfer to Media, Cultures, and Communications (MCC). In the end, I stayed in Applied Psychology, but used all the courses I had taken for a double minor in Business Studies and MCC! Don’t be scared to take nonmajor courses and explore your interests.

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Pack for the Weather!

New York gets cold. Like freezing, snowing, bone-chilling-winds cold. It’s good to keep that in mind when packing for NYU. Even though you are a “spring start,” you will endure the chilly months of January and February. If you aren’t used to colder temperatures, bring some big jackets, thick pants, and waterproof shoes with you. This will help make your first winter in New York memorable for the right reasons!

Attend Club Fest and Join Clubs!

Club Fest takes place at the beginning of each semester. It’s a great time to explore some of the 300+ clubs at NYU. There’s a club for every interest and niche, from cultural clubs to hobby-based clubs like our Cheese Club . You can learn about each club and sign up for the ones you’re interested in. You can even get some free snacks and souvenirs as you move through booths.

Speaking of free stuff? Attending club events throughout the semester is a great way to get a free lunch or dinner, since many clubs love to give out food during events.

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For me, clubs were the best way to find friends and community as a student who started in the spring. Attending events and getting more involved, you really get close to people who share similar interests. I made many of my close friends through Phi Chi Theta (PCT), a business fraternity. Important to note, NYU has Greek life that includes Panhellenic, identity-based, and pre-professional clubs. Through PCT, I also learned about Chinese Mei Society, a Chinese cultural club. I also found an amazing community there!

Meet Your Neighbors

Living in a residence hall, there are many ways to meet people through events and outings. Your resident adviser (RA), an upperclassman at NYU, plans lots of fun events throughout the semester. My RA planned an event that included free burgers and board games. It was a really fun way to meet people on my floor. Additionally, RAs will plan excursions around New York City. Not only is it a great way to explore NYC for free, but it is also a great way to bond with other students in your building. In my first year at NYU, I got to see The Phantom of the Opera for free!

Spring cohort students are often grouped together when assigned to residence halls. Try introducing yourself to your neighbors! Everybody is new and looking to make friends, so there’s nothing to be scared of.

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Play Sports

If you want to play sports recreationally, NYU offers over 20 intramural sports and 26 club sports. Playing sports is a great way to make friends and stay physically active. There are also gyms on the Washing Square campus with weight-lifting, pools, basketball courts, and more.

Find an On-Campus Job!

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Living in New York City can get pretty expensive. A campus job is a great way to make some extra cash. And since it’s an on-campus job, they’ll understand your student priorities come first.

In my sophomore year, I became an Admissions Ambassador. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested (shameless plug!). Not only is it a cool job that pays well, but the ambassador community is also amazing.

You help prospective students by giving insight into your experience. Additionally, you can become a digital ambassador, which includes Instagram story takeovers, making TikToks, and writing articles like this! Since I am interested in doing social media marketing post-graduation, this job was a great way to get experience.

Take Advantage of Free Activities and Get to Know NYC

There are so many things that happen in the city. In fact, one of the biggest challenges coming to NYU is managing your time. You need to balance studying and having fun! From ice-skating in Bryant Park and kayaking on the Hudson to concerts in Times Square, you will never run out of stuff to do. Many times you can do these activities for free. Just keep an eye out for deals and raffles. For example, I went to the Global Citizens Festival a few months ago because my friend won tickets.

There are also many ways to find discounted activities around the city through NYU. Besides club and RA outings, NYU offers a program called ScholasTix. There, you will find heavily discounted tickets for Broadway, sporting events, and more!

Lastly, there are also amazing things to do around New York City that don’t cost anything. Walk along the Hudson Piers or the Brooklyn Bridge. Definitely take advantage that New York City is our campus and go explore.

Skyline view of Manhattan from Pier 26.

From Beijing to Portland to San Francisco to Upstate New York, Megan has lived from coast to coast. Now, with New York City as her home, she is pursuing a major in Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt, with a minor in Media, Culture, and Communications, and another in Business Studies. On campus, you can find her hanging out at Washington Square Park or grabbing a bite on St. Mark’s Place. Besides, working as an Admissions Ambassador, she is also on the executive board of a Chinese cultural club called Chinese Mei Society, as well as a business fraternity called Phi Chi Theta. During her free time, she loves to explore the city on bike and grab brunch with friends.

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