The Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc. production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, is coming to the Kentucky Center for a 3-week engagement beginning Wednesday, January 9 through Sunday, January 27, 2008. The press opening night is Friday, January 11. Tickets for The Phantom of the Opera make great holiday gifts and are now on sale, but going fast at the Kentucky Center box office, 501 W Main Street, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at KentuckyCenter.org or Ticketmaster.com or by calling 502.584.7777. Groups of 20 or more may place orders by calling 502.569.3060.
With worldwide box office sales of over $3 billion, The Phantom of the Opera is the most successful entertainment venture of the twentieth century, surpassing such blockbuster films as Titanic, E.T., and Star Wars. The winner of seven Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, The Phantom of the Opera has been seen by over 80 million people in 119 cities in 24 countries. Worldwide, The Phantom of the Opera consistently plays to larger audiences and in longer engagements than any other musical in history. On January 9, 2006, The Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history surpassing Cats’ record-holding run of 7,485 performances. The show then celebrated its eighteenth anniversary on Broadway January 26, 2006.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantome de l’Opera by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
The Phantom of the Opera had its world premiere on October 9, 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, winning every major British theatre award including the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards.
The New York production opened on January 26, 1988 with a then-record advance of $18 million. The musical went on to sweep the 1988 Tony Awards, winning seven, including Best Musical. The Phantom of the Opera also won seven Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. The original London cast recording was the first in British musical history to enter the charts at number one. It has since gone both gold and platinum in Britain and the United States, selling over 25 million copies.
The Phantom of the Opera will play Wednesday, January 9 through Sunday, January 27, 2008. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday Evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday Matinees at 2 p.m., Sunday Matinees at 1 p.m. and Sunday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a Matinee on Thursday, January 10 at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $17.25 to $72.25 and are now on sale at the Kentucky Center box office, 501 W Main Street, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at KentuckyCenter.org or Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 502.584.7777. Group orders of 20 or more may be placed by calling 502.569.3060.
The Louisville engagement of The Phantom of the Opera is presented by arrangement with, and is a subscription offering of, PNC BroadwayAcross America-Louisville.