Equity News

January/February 2006

"Phantom Sets Record as Longest-Running Show in History "

Equity President Patrick Quinn, Executive Director Alan Eisenberg, Senior business Representative Ken Greenwood and Business Representatives Louise Foisey and Walt Kiskaddon were invited to join the Standing Room Only audience at The Majestic Theatre on Monday evening, January 9, 2006 when The Phantom of the Opera played its 7,486th performance to become the longest-running show in Broadway history. The musical surpassed the record previously held by CATS. Both shows were written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and associate directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, all of whom were present for the historic occasion.

Phantom has set many other records during its 18-year run: It has grossed nearly $600 million, making it the highest grossing show in Broadway history; with total worldwide box office gross of $3.2 billion, it is the most successful entertainment venture of all time, surpassing not only any other stage production, but also “Titanic”, the world’s highest grossing film, and the show ended 2005 by recording its best year ever on Broadway, as well as having its highest-grossing single week (the week ending December 31).

On January 26, just a few weeks after breaking CATS’ record, Phantom reached another milestone, becoming the first Broadway production to reach its 18th anniversary-and it’s still going strong.

Four Equity members have been with the show since the beginning: George Lee Andrews (Monsieur Andre) Richard Warren Pugh (Don Attilio), Mary Leigh Stahl (Wardrobe Mistress/Confidante) and Stage Manager Bethe Ward.
The special performance on January 9 was followed by a Masked Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria