The eagerly awaited Parisian debut of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has been postponed after a fire broke out at the theatre where it was due to open on 13 October.
Experts are currently accessing the extent of the damage caused by the blaze which reportedly broke out on the basement of Paris’ Mogador Theatre on Sunday morning.
Early reports suggest the fire damaged scenery for the production and part of the theatre’s floor, forcing the Mogador’s owners Stage Entertainment to cancel the opening night and close the theatre to the public until further notice.
With Lloyd Webber’s musical were famously set at the Paris Opera House close to the Mogador, the show’s October debut in the City of Lights was seen as a perfect complement to the show’s 3oth anniversary celebrations at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre.
The French language production of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra will star Gardar Thor Cortes as The Phantom, a role he previously played in the Hamburg production of the musical sequel Love Never Dies. His leading lady Sierra Boggess left her role in Lloyd Webber’s Broadway hit School of Rock to return to the part of Christine which she has previously played in productions of both The Phantom of Opera and its sequel.
The Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history on 9 January 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder, Cats. This coincided with the Broadway and the US national touring company celebrating an unprecedented 20,000 performances in the United States.
On 26 January 2013 the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 25 years on Broadway. In October 2011 the London production celebrated its 25th anniversary with a spectacular staging of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall. This was screened live in cinemas all over the world and subsequently released on DVD. In August 2015 the show celebrated 12,000 performances in the West End.
The winner of over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys and three Olivier Awards, the show won the ‘Magic Radio Audience Award’, voted by the public, in the 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards.
The Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 starring Michael Crawford as The Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine. The first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion the show has been seen by 140 million people in 35 countries and 160 cities in 15 languages.
The Phantom of the Opera is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Prague, Oberhausen and on tour in the US. A new production opened in Stockholm this month.
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