Broadway‘s longest-running show O fantasma da ópera is delaying its closure and adding more shows after increased ticket sales.
Em setembro, a Andrew Lloyd Webber musical announced that it would have its final show no sábado, fevereiro. 18, at the Majestic Theatre after marking a 35th anniversary celebration on Jan. 26. Contudo, na terça-feira, a apresentação confirmado it’ll now continue through Sunday, abril 16.
Phantom‘s producer Cameron Mackintosh contado O jornal New York Times that the decision to extend eight more weeks is because of increased ticket sales after announcing its final bow, which came because of pandemic-affected lows.
“For most of last year, we were losing every week. There comes a point when you become theatrical wallpaper. People took it for granted that it’s going to run forever,” Mackintosh said, adicionando, “What a phenomenal response there has been to the show ending. We’ve sold out virtually everything that we have on sale.”
Mackintosh said, “The reason it is sold out is because it’s coming off, absolutamente. We know that one of the reasons that it’s doing it is because this is your last chance to see the great show.”
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The producer clarified that there won’t be anymore extensions for Phantom. Mas, said Mackintosh, “it’s not like the show is going anywhere — the show will be done and is being done all over the world, and I’m sure it will come back to America and we’ll do a tour in the future.”
Com base no 1910 French novel by Gaston Leroux, Phantom of the Opera opened on the West End in 1986 before making its Broadway debut in 1988. It won the Tony Award for best musical and inspired a 2004 film adaptation starring Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson e Minnie Driver.
Kouatchou, who is the the first Black actress to play the lead role of Christine Daaé on Broadway, Aguilera escreveu que ela era Para pessoas in December about the bittersweet victory of her casting last year: “It frustrates me that it took this long, it does. I’m honored that it’s me, and I’m honored that I’m making history, but I’m really excited for when it’s not even a question, it’s not even a thing, the first Black Christine.”