The Longest Running Musical on Broadway, "The Phantom of the Opera," Celebrated at 11 AM

The Longest Running Musical on Broadway, "The Phantom of the Opera," Celebrated at 11 AM

Sat, 04/21/2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Far beneath the majesty and splendor of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.

Join Host Robert Hammond at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate Broadway’s longest running musical and its recent 25th anniversary on London's West End, The Phantom of the Opera. Songs from several productions will be played, including the original London and Canadian  recordings, as well as the brand new 25th anniversary celebration recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, and the original motion picture soundtrack. 

Aaron Metras, owner of Salena’s Mexican Restaurant, will be in studio to discuss Cinco de Mayo, coming up on May 5th, as well as his community involvement with the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. 

The Phantom of the Opera

According Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, London, UK,  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of The Phantom of the Opera is the most successful piece of entertainment of all time, produced in any media, and its success is continuing all over the world.

  • It is estimated that Phantom has been seen by more than 130 million people, and the total worldwide gross is now in excess of $5.6 billion.
  • The show has won over 50 major theatre awards including three Olivier Awards, the most recent being the 2002 Oliver Audience Award for Most Popular Show, an Evening Standard Award, seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critic Circle Awards.
  • The Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London on September 27, 1986, so is now in its 26th year, and at the Majestic Theatre in New York on January 9, 1988.
  • The London production of The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 25th Anniversary in October 2011 with a series of 3 performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
  • The Phantom of the Opera became Broadway’s longest running show ever when it overtook the record set by Cats with its 7,486th performance on January 6th 2006. It is the only Broadway show ever to celebrate anniversaries through 18to 25 years.
  • The West End production played its 10,000th performance on October 23, 2010.
  • The Broadway production played its 10,000th performance on February 11, 2012.
  • The box-office revenues are higher than any other film or stage play in history – including Titanic, ET and Star Wars.
  • The Phantom of the Opera has been produced in 145 cities, in 27 countries around the world, including UK, US, New Zealand, Japan, Austria, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Korea, Denmark, Spain and Russia.
  • Playing worldwide it has been translated into no fewer than 15 languages.
  • The original cast album of The Phantom of the Opera was the first in British musical history to enter the music charts at number 1.
  • Album sales, including original cast recording, foreign language recordings, studio recordings and the film soundtrack now exceed 40 million.
  • The cast album has gone 6 times platinum in the US, twice platinum in the UK, 9 times platinum in German, 4 times platinum in the Netherlands, 11 times platinum in Korea and 31 times platinum in Taiwan.      
  • Joel Schumacher directed a big screen version of the show which was released worldwide at the end of 2004. It starred Gerard Butler as The Phantom, Emmy Rossum as Christine, Patrick Wilson as Raoul and Minnie Driver as Carlotta.
  • ‘Learn to Be Lonely’, a new song written for the movie, was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2005 Oscars. Beyonce performed the song at the ceremony.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is a national holiday in Mexico and also celebrated in many areas of the United States.  It celebrates the legendary and victorious Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.