Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of The Opera becomes longest running show in Broadway history
This Friday (January 26), smash hist musical The Phantom of the Opera celebrates its 30th anniversary, making it the longest running Broadway show of all time.
MammaMia, The Lion king, Cats, Chicago and Les Miserables have all beenrunning for years now but none of them hold a candle to Phantom which,with 30 years under its belt, has now succeeded at the longest stint in theatre history.
Incelebration of this landmark achievement, there will be a week of eventsin the run up to the anniversary, including a ceremonial lighting ofthe Empire State Building.
Platinum-selling Swedish star, Peter Joback leads the 30thAnniversary cast, returning after a 2012 run in London, New York in2013 and Stockholm in 2016.
Speakingexclusively to Broadway.com, he said: "Iam, of course, absolutely thrilled about having the honour of takingThe Phantom through his 30th anniversary on Broadway.
"Humbled for the task, butexcited about once again being asked to do this classic role on theclassic grounds of Broadway."
Hewill star alongside Ali Ewoldt, who plays Christine, and Rodney Ingramas Raoul.
Theywill appear on NBCs The Today Show for a musical performance, aswell as a 2pm matinée show, along with the shows regular 8pmperformance.
Themusical also co-stars LairdMackintosh asMonsieur André, CraigBennett asMonsieur Firmin, RaquelSuarez Groen asCarlotta, CarltonMoe asPiangi, MareeJohnsonas Madame Giry and KaraKlein asMeg Giry.
At certain performances, KaleyAnn Voorhees playsthe role of Christine.
Basedon the novel Le Fantome de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom ofThe Opera tells the iconic story of the disfigured, mysterious mask-wearing man who lives under the Paris Opera House.
Thiswill mark the musical's fourth decade, having played 12, 500performances and grossing over $1.1 billion (£0.79bn).Tags: