The Phantom Of The Opera is no longer in New York – and has taken its final bow after a record-breaking 35-year run on Broadway.
The show, which tells the story of a disfigured phantom who haunts a Paris opera house and falls in love with a singer there, was Broadway’s longest-running show, and ended its last performance to a rapturous standing ovation and gold confetti.
Members of the current – and previous – cast stood on stage at the end of the final performance in New York on Sunday alongside writer Andrew Lloyd Webber and his production collaborator Cameron Macintosh, to sing a reprise of The Music Of The Night.
Speaking to the audience in the Majestic Theatre, which was filled with the great and good of theatreland, Lloyd Webber dedicated the final show to his son Nick, who passed away from cancer last month at the age of 43.
“When he was a little boy, he heard some of this music,” he said.
Sarah Brightman, the original Christine and Lloyd Webber’s former wife, added: “When Andrew was writing it, he was right there. So his son is with us. Nick, we love you very much.”
Macintosh addressed the rumors that the show could make a return in the future, and said: “The one question I keep getting asked again and again – will the Phantom return?