Monday, March 15, 2010

Phantom of the Opera Returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta

The longest-running show in Broadway history!
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s International Award-Winning Musical
Directed by Harold Prince
Returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta
For Farewell Engagement June 30-July 25, 2010
Tickets On Sale March 21

The Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc. production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta for a farewell engagement beginning Wednesday, June 30 through Sunday, July 25. Tickets go on sale March 21 and can be purchased at the Fox Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by calling 1-800-982-2787. Group orders 10 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is the most successful and longest continuously-running tour in U.S. history. The tour will play its final performance in Autumn 2010 at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. The musical has been represented on the road since the First National began performances in Los Angeles in May 1989. Since that time, there have been three U.S. national touring productions. The First National Tour (Christine Company) played Los Angeles and San Francisco for a combined total run of almost 10 years, grossing $305,192,485 with 3,902 performances and 6.6 million patrons. The Second National Tour (Raoul Company) played major markets during an eight and a half year run, grossed $393,608,819 with 3,364 performances and 7.5 million patrons. The Third National Tour (Music Box Company) is the only production still currently touring the U.S. and has played over 7,000 performances and recently celebrated its Seventeenth Anniversary in December 2009.

With worldwide grosses estimated at over $5 billion, The Phantom of the Opera is the most successful entertainment venture of the twentieth century, surpassing such blockbuster films as Avatar, Titanic, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. The winner of seven Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, The Phantom of the Opera has been seen by over 100 million people in 144 cities in 27 countries. Worldwide, the show 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 celebrated an unprecedented milestone on January 26, 2008 when it reached its twentieth anniversary on Broadway.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra 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, June 30 through Sunday, July 25. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. with matinees Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Ticket prices range from $17 to $64 and can be purchased beginning March 21 at the Fox Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by calling 1-800-982-2787. Group orders 10 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

The Atlanta engagement of The Phantom of the Opera is welcomed by Broadway Across America – Atlanta and Theater of the Stars. It is a season special for Broadway Across America season tickets holders and a subscription offering for Theater of the Stars. Visit the official The Phantom of the Opera website at

Broadway Across America: Owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and led by Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman), Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 42 North American cities. Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theatre for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world. Current productions include A CATERED AFFAIR, PASSING STRANGE, SPAMALOT, GO DIEGO GO and THE BACKYARDIGANS. For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to

Theater of the Stars celebrates its 58th Anniversary as one of the nation’s premier regional theater companies. A civic not-for-profit cultural treasure, Theater of the Stars is dedicated to presenting and producing the best in musical theater. To learn more about the history of excellence, visit

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