The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway)
Open run 2h 30m
The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway)
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The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(10524 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
6%
Negative
1%
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Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging

This classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is the longest running in Broadway history.

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815 Reviews | 889 Followers
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Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Romantic

See it if this classic is for everyone

Don't see it if have already seen it at least twice

791 Reviews | 1003 Followers
83
Entertaining, Great staging, Great music, Epic, Classic

See it if You've never seen Phantom before or introducing someone to theater. It's a great show to take people who don't see a lot of theater.

Don't see it if You dislike operatic music

897 Reviews | 374 Followers
92
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Must see, Great singing

See it if You love a beautiful love story. Longest running show in Broadway history for a reason! Great for guests that don't speak English.

Don't see it if You're too much of a dude to be romantic.

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
87
Delightful, Edgy, Great staging, Great singing, Great writing

See it if If you like classical musical theater ie Evita, Kiss me Kate, Le Miz etc. you will love it. Great staging it is a world class show.

Don't see it if I think you need to have a sophistication of Opera or heavy musicals to really appreciate the show.

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
91
Exquisite, Masterful, Delightful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to be lost in a beautiful story supported with great music and great voices on a marvelous set - this is why it has lasted so long!

Don't see it if you want a musical with a lot of juke-box energy or do not like the story as much as the music. I would call this a serious, adult musical.

507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
77
Dated, Absorbing

See it if It's a must see, simply because of its long history. That said, it feels dated.

Don't see it if You don't like a twinge of opera.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
50
Dated, Overrated, Slow, Banal, Visually striking

See it if you've never seen it and you feel the need to see why it has lasted for over 25 years. (If you figure it out, please let me know!)

Don't see it if you've already seen this overrated snoozefest. No need to see it again (although plenty of people have inexplicably seen it multiple times!)

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Romantic, Epic, Entertaining

See it if you are an unapologetic romantic, overdone production values are your thing, you enjoy good choral pieces, unrequited love stories appeal

Don't see it if the taint of popularity has turned you against this show, you don't believe in romance and can't accept the unrequited love aspects of plot

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
August 17th, 2014

"I found my expectations upended, my jaded armor melting away...I found myself with a new appreciation for this beloved show’s gothic theatricality; the waltzing sweep of Harold Prince’s direction; the grandly soaring melodies of its most celebrated songs...It may or may not be a great musical, according to your tastes, or even a good one, but 'Phantom of the Opera' certainly remains a grand, lavishly decked-out galleon of a show, surging on into the 21st century showing few signs of decay."
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Variety
January 26th, 1988

“Andrew Lloyd Webber has taken the Gaston Leroux potboiler about the love-crazed disfigured genius who lives in the catacombs of the Paris Opera and fashioned it into a thrilling and musically rich mass legit entertainment. The 19th century period spectacle, scenic legerdemain, soaring melodies and exceptional singing are at the service of an involving and piquantly offbeat love story, all of it staged with brilliantly organized flair by Harold Prince, back in top form.”
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The Washington Post
January 27th, 1988

“It is a thrilling show -- as sumptuous as any on Broadway. And it touches the heart in odd and unexpected ways…If you put aside all preconceived notions and let the spell happen, I don't see how you can be disappointed…’Phantom’ follows an insinuating tack -- luring the audience into a luxurious world of gaslight and dark shadows, caressing it with soaring melodies...Buoyed by the strains of Lloyd Webber's lush score, 'Phantom' shimmers with true romanticism."
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New York Post
February 4th, 2004

“Harold Prince’s powerful operatic-style staging is terrific, remaining taut and shipshape, while the show still acquires just the right style, ornate but quaint, from the late Maria Bjornson’s wonderful production design. Add to this Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sweeping and lush pastiche of a score, and you’ve got a blockbuster…This is not simply one of the longest-running Broadway musicals – it is, more important, one of the all-time best Broadway musicals. It delivers."
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New York Daily News
January 27th, 1988

"To say the score is Lloyd Webber’s best is not saying a great deal...What sets ‘Phantom’ apart is the extraordinarily imaginative work of Bjornson, whose sets and costumes are a breathtaking, witty, sensual tribute to 19th century theater...The characters are not fleshed out, the lyrics are forgettable and the melodramatic plot is not as evocative as it might be. Nevertheless, that master conjurer Hal Prince has woven these seemingly outmoded materials into a grand evening of theater."
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New York Stage Review
September 13th, 2018

"There are Broadway shows and Broadway shows—and then there is the incomparable 'Phantom of the Opera': Awesome in scale. Luscious with melody. And it’s kinda crazy, too...A recent visit reveals that the production remains in tip-top performance shape, populated by actors whose faces recall Victorian-era daguerreotypes and whose voices do justice to Lloyd Webber’s romantic tunes."
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New York Stage Review
September 13th, 2018

"I went to the Majestic last week to find out what it’s like all these years, and millions, later. It turns out: Kind of a blast...The sets are towering, the costumes lush, the orchestrations overwhelming (in a good way). By setting the show in the world of opera, there are perfectly good reasons for the over-the-top sets, overwrought performances...Hal Prince’s direction remains both overwrought and sensitive, with some truly lovely moments...As good as it is, it is stagnant."
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C
August 17th, 2014

"'The Phantom of Opera' not only looks as good as it did in 1988, but still holds the same thrills for audiences as the day it first bowed...'Phantom' will never be my favorite musical; stretches of it drag and the plot remains remarkably simple-minded. But should Prince and the producers continue to make such smart casting decisions, there’s more than a ghost of a chance that this legendary musical will stay on Broadway for another 26 years."
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