The Phantom Of The Opera Will Play Paris For 30th Anniversary
The Phantom Is Coming Home. Heading into a new decade and anniversary year for the production, one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biggest blockbuster musicals will play just blocks from where it’s story takes place. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Phantom Of The Opera will play Paris just in time to celebrate the production’s 30th Anniversary!
In only seems fitting that in order to celebrate The Phantom Of The Opera‘s upcoming 30th anniversary, the show will mount a production in Paris for the first time in the show’s history. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group has partnered up with Stage Entertainment to bring the show to France next fall. The Phantom Of The Opera will open at the Mogador Theatre (Pictured Right) in Paris next October. It was will mark the first time in the production’s history that the show will not only play France but performed entirely in French as well. Lloyd Webber’s CATS began a run at the theatre this past fall and plays the venue through Summer 2016.
Stage Entertainment expressed their excitement to bring Phantom to Paris in a fitting celebration for the show’s upcoming 30th anniversary saying;
“The Mogador Theater, so close to the Opera Garnier, is the ideal place in which to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the musical. We could not imagine a more appropriate framework for our Phantom than the homeland of Gaston Leroux.”
The Phantom Of The Opera began its historic run in London’s West End on September 27th, 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre where the show can still be found playing to this day. The production was directed by Hal Prince and choreographed by Gillian Lynne. It celebrated 10,000 performances in October 2010 and is currently the second longest-running musical in West End (And World) history behind Les Miserables. It is the third longest running production in West End history behind Les Miserables and The Mousetrap, both of which are still playing to London audiences. The Broadway production of Phantom began January 9th, 1988 at The Majestic Theatre where the show still plays today. The Broadway celebrated it’s 10,000th performance in February 2012 and its 25th anniversary on Broadway in January 2013. It is the longest running musical in Broadway history. The Phantom Of The Opera won the 1986 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Luner Lowdown: I cannot believe we are already approaching the 30th anniversary of The Phantom Of The Opera! What an incredible achievement for this musical. Phantom is one of the best known musicals ever and a name synonymous with Broadway, the West End and musical theatre as a whole. Here is one incredible fact we discovered while reading up about the production; The Phantom Of The Opera has been seen in seen by more than 140 million audiences in 150 cities in 30 countries in 13 different languages around the world. How many productions can say stats like that? Close to none. We’re looking forward to this upcoming Paris production as a very fitting homecoming for the show’s anniversary. The Paris Opera House, called Palais Garnier (Pictured Above Right), is just blocks from where Phantom will play. We’ll continue to cover more Paris theatre news for you as well as more American and British musicals head to the city and the city itself knocks out a few shows for Broadway as well.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as The Phantom Of The Opera heads home to Paris and into an anniversary year for the production! We can surely expect some celebrations in London where the original production began now three decades ago! We’ll keep you updated on that and more about the show as this year unfolds! For more information, visit Phantom Of The Opera’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!