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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Phantom of the Opera Tour to Close

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 20:10

The LA Times reported today that the national touring company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will close in Los Angeles on Novemember 14, 2010. The tour is currently in Orlando, Florida through February and will give up the ghost in Los Angeles. Organizers announced Friday that “Phantom” will return to L.A. for an engagement at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood that is set to begin Sep. 23. The run will be the last stop on the tour, which is set to close in November. The current tour of “Phantom” began more than 17 years ago and has played more than 7,000 performances in cities across the U.S. The decision to close the tour in L.A. is a symbolic one — the first national tour of “Phantom” kicked off in L.A. in 1989. On Broadway, “Phantom” has been playing at the Majestic Theater since opening in 1988. That production won the Tony Award for best musical that season. A musical sequel, “Love Never Dies,” is set to open in London this month and on Broadway later this year. Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the music for the original “Phantom,” has also penned the sequel.

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