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The longest running show in Broadway history. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international award- winning phenomenon, The Phantom of the Opera, will come to the Pantages Theatre in 2009. Directed by Harold Prince, 130 cast, crew and orchestra members are directly involved in each performance, which requires 230 costumes, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles, uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines.

The production became the longest running show ever on Broadway when it overtook Cats with its 7,486th performance on January 6th 2006. It is estimated that Phantom has been seen by more than 80 million people worldwide and is the most financially successful musical of all time, with an estimated worldwide gross to date of over $5 billion.

The show has won over 50 major theatre awards including 3 Olivier Awards, the most recent being the 2002 Oliver Audience Award for Most Popular Show, an Evening Standard Award, 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, 7 Drama Desk Awards and 3 Outer Critic Circle Awards.

The Phantom of the Opera, originally a French novel by Gaston Leroux, was first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910, the opera's history tells us.

Laroux published Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, explaining how he carried out his own enquiries into the strange events at the famous Opera House in the 1880s. Leroux visited the huge underground lake, the Phantom's lair, and stumbled upon skeletons of "some poor wretches who had been massacred under the Commune in the cellars of the Opera." Leroux did not live to see the full triumph of his Opera story.

We are thrust in the middle of a rehearsal for the opera Hannibal. Monsieur Lefèvre, the retiring manager of the Opera, is showing the new managers, Monsieurs Firmin and André, the great stage.

The Paris Opera House is an phenomenal labyrinth of passageways. The remarkable structure was constructed from 1861-1875 to designs by Charles Garnier and was a juggernaut of politics and factions. From prima donna to stage-hand, the Opera House was overrun by intrigue and rumor; posturing for control, defending territory and scrabbling for new domination.

The Phantom of the Opera will be at the Pantages Theatre January 21 - February 21, 2009. This family friendly show, ages 10 and up, runs 2 hours 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online soon at http://www.broadwayla.org/production/show.info.a sp?ID=13 or via phone at the Pantages Box Office 323.468.1770. The box office accepts cash, American Express, Mastercard and Visa.

Book well in advance. The show is normally a sold- out, standing room only performance.

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Josh Hastings has been a writer for Malibu Arts Journal since 2007. He is an arts and car and motorcycle show writer.
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