Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

The Phantom of the Opera (NYC)

From 9,813 member  reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging

About the show

In this classic musical - the longest running in Broadway history - a hideously deformed man lives in the cellars of the Paris Opera and takes a beautiful soprano as a student. More…

Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist. "Phantom of the Opera" is the longest running musical in Broadway history and features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Hal Prince.

2h 30m | Open run | Majestic Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (9813)

MEMBERS SAY:

Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging
87
Avg Score

89
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

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

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.

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.

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.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you have a tendency to opera. We have seen it 3 times but during it's early run we thought that Saigon & Les Miz were better.

Don't see it if you need slam bam dance and jive music

15
Dated, Incoherent, Bizarre, Boring, Embarrassing

See it if it's really hot outside and you want to come into the A/C, or it's really cold outside and you want to come into the heat.

Don't see it if good storytelling is important to you. In 2018 it feels like everything's happening "because that's how it's done" but no one remembers why.

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!)

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

100
Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Haunting

See it if you enjoy classic musicals; gorgeous, operatic voices; exquisite costumes (the best on Broadway); and stories of mystery that may scare you.

Don't see it if you prefer something light and fun. This is dark and moody.

Also This is the first show I’ve ever seen on Broadway. Sixteen years later... Read more Read less

65
Banal, Great staging, Disappointing, Dated, Epic

See it if You've never seen Phantom in any incarnation before.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of opera.... Just like operas, it's a slog.

80
Absolutely fantastic costumes, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Very weird story

See it if You want to see this iconic show. Why not see it to learn what the fuss is about? The singing is incredible. Beautiful costumes. Sets. Etc.

Don't see it if You hate musicals and opera. Also story is pretty strange. And dark. Seems inappropriate for kids in my opinion.

Also I had seen the original production and avoided the show all these year... Read more Read less

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.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Original

See it if You like luxurious, splashy shows with great tunes and fantastic staging.

Don't see it if You dislike A L Webber styled shows with over the top staging.

73
Romantic, Slow

See it if you want to see why this is the longest-running musical. The romance is heightened and sustained like Tristan finding his beloved Isolde.

Don't see it if This ain't opera, honey!

84
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if This a traditional musical with beautiful tunes and wonderful set. Not a sophisticated show but you will remember the music.

Don't see it if If you want a sophisticated show with a bit of edge and/or controversy

70
Dated, Singable but simple score, Fun

See it if you never have - everyone should see it once. This production delivers the crowd pleasing visuals and songs in a perfectly adequate fashion.

Don't see it if you're looking for edgy groundbreaking theater, or have an aversion to synthesized music. The orchestrations could use a serious update.

Also Lots of earnest energy in this cast, and I sat next to two teen aged t... Read more Read less

85
There is as reason it's playing 20 years. terrific production. terrific music. terrific performers.

See it if You appreciate Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals and want to see really good theatre.

Don't see it if If you don't appreciate Andrew Lloyd Weber

79
Delightful, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy traditional shows and want to hear an amazing score. I saw a previous production in Chicago and was not impressed by this one.

Don't see it if you want to see a ckassic.

85
Classic, Epic, Romantic, Must see, Great singing

See it if you want to see why this show has been running for over 25 years. See it for the romance, intrigue and beautiful music.

Don't see it if opera and slow songs aren't your thing.

90
Great singing, Must see, Romantic, Enchanting, Indulgent

See it if you grew up w/ the music, appreciate rich visuals and unironic gothic love stories, or are on the fence for any reason

Don't see it if you’ll treat the theater like it's your living room. Phantom always attracts weirdos who wander the aisles, scratch themselves, cuddle. WTF?

Also If you’ve only ever listened to the recording you owe it to yourself t... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging, Epic

See it if you haven't seen it before. Everyone should see Phantom at some point.

Don't see it if you want a more modern musical experience.

70
Ambitious, Great staging, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you are an Andrew Lloyd Weber fan

Don't see it if if you hate Weber's music

85
Great staging, Epic, Romantic, Entertaining, Powerhouse

See it if you want the full theater experience. This West End musical brought to NYC the era of the Broadway spectacle. Take yo kids, take yo wives.

Don't see it if you'd prefer edgier fare over hit showtunes and plummeting chandeliers.

85
Great singing, Romantic, Stale

See it if You haven't seen it before. The set is gorgeous - it's amazing what you can do with curtains. Moving melodrama. Great voices!

Don't see it if you saw the original production. The size of the cast has been cut back. "Masquerade" is now done with the chorus and Mannequins. UGH!


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, a...
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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 a...
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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...
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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, a...
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