Phantom of the Opera Broadway or London Show Tickets Available
Some of the most popular Broadway plays have been The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, The Lion King, Wicked, and Les Miserables. In addition to being performed on stage numerous times, these shows have also been made into feature length films.
There have been many literary and dramatic works based on Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera, ranging from light operas to films to children’s books.
Some well known stage and screen adaptations of the novel are the 1925 film and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
The Phantom of the Opera musical has been the most acclaimed show to hit the West End musical theater in London.
Written by Andrew Lloyd Weber, the show has experienced several cast changes ever since it’s inception in 1986.
The productions of Phantom of the Opera in St. Louis and San Francisco were so successful that Ken Hill was asked to mount a national tour of the United States.
Jonathan Reinis (who later produced Ken Hill’s The Invisible Man in London) formed Phantom Touring Company Inc. who acted as the producers for the tour, along with Electric Factory Concerts.
The tour began in 1989, with musical arrangements and designs by the original Newcastle Playhouse team.
It performed for a few years to packed houses all over America, traveling to approximately 110 cities, and grossing a total of $72 million.
In 1991, Phantom of the Opera returned to the United Kingdom where it embarked on a national tour produced by Stewart Macpherson and then transferred to London’s West End. It opened at The Shaftsbury Theatre on December 18, 1991, with a similar cast to the 1984 production Peter Straker was The Phantom and Christina Collier as Christine.
But despite positive reviews, the West End production did poorly at the box office at the time of IRA bombings, and closed earlier than expected, on April 11, 1992.
However, the production was nominated for two Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Best Director of a Musical, the latter of which placed Ken Hill against Simon Callow and Judi Dench.
It left the West End to commence the first of several Japanese, Asian and Australasian tours all produced by Stewart Macpherson.
Today the show continues to attract crowds both in the United States and London on a regular basis. The adaptations of the story and spectacular effects that have been added over the years always keep audiences interest regardless of how many times thy have purchased Phantom of the Opera tickets.