Broadway's longest-running musical, "The Phantom Of The Opera," celebrated its silver anniversary in style in the Theater District on Saturday. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
It has been the "music of the night" on Broadway for 25 years and on Saturday the mega-hit "The Phantom Of The Opera" celebrated with a special performance and gala.
The musical, which tells the story of a love triangle between the ghost of the Paris Opera House, his muse and her lover, has been playing to packed houses ever since it opened back in 1988.
Actor Hugh Panaro has played the title role for more than 1,900 performances and yet he insists he has never done it twice.
"The beauty of live theater, even if you try, you cannot do the same performance twice," Panaro said.
Broadway's Christine, Sierra Boggess, said it was a dream come true times four being serenaded on stage by current and past phantoms for the show's anniversary encore.
"This is like a dream. Man, I thought my dreams had come true already," Boggess said.
The show's composer, Tony Award-winner Andrew Lloyd Webber, was not in attendance due to a recent back injury. "Phantom" producer Cameron Mackintosh paid tribute to the musical theater "superstar."
"I think what has made this 'Phantom' and that there have been several other 'Phantoms Of The Opera,' be so sensational, I can say it in three words: it's 'Andrew Lloyd Webber,'" Mackintosh said.
While the night marked the 10,400th performance of the musical, the show's creators say "Phantom" will continue to haunt the Majestic Theatre for years to come.