“The Phantom of the Opera” is about to close on Broadway after more than 30 years.
On April 16, “The Phantom of the Opera” will have its last performance at the Majestic Theatre after performing there for the past 35 years on Broadway.
During the span of the play, an estimated 6,500 jobs were generated, including 400 for performers. That is more than any other production in the history of American theatre.
After more than three decades, twenty workers continue to work at “Phantom” today.
Get to know some of the Phantom’s longtime professionals:
Over 145 million people have seen the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in 41 countries, 183 locations, and 17 languages, and it has garnered 70 major theatrical accolades, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards.
Tara Rubin, who works just next door to the Majestic, has been assisting in the hand-selection of the performers for the cherished show for more than three decades.
Dresser Ron Blakley is another lifer who was working backstage in the wardrobe department when the curtain was first opened at the Majestic. Blakley has been with the theatre from the very beginning.
The show’s focus is on the one-ton chandelier that hangs from the ceiling. Every night, it passes directly over the spectators. Alan Lampel, the chief electrician there, has been responsible for keeping the lights on for the last three decades.
Violinist Jan Mullen
Jan Mullen is one of the 27 musicians who comprise one of the biggest orchestras on Broadway.
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