Phantom of the Opera, Broadway's longest-running show, celebrates its 35th anniversary January 26. It will be the last anniversary of the historic production, which closes on April 16. Over the past three-and-a-half decades, 16 men have stepped into the role of the Phantom, and 37 ingenues have played Christine Daaé, including alternates.
Check out the galleries below to see all the Broadway stars who have sung us the "Music of the Night" since 1988.
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Since its first night at the Majestic Theatre in 1988, The Phantom of the Opera has played 16 previews and 13,888 performances. The production earned 10 Tony Award nominations, winning seven including Best Musical.
The opening night cast starred Michael Crawford as the Phantom, Sarah Brightman as Christine Daaé (with Patti Cohenour assuming the role at certain performances), Steven Barton as Raoul, Judy Kaye as Carlotta Guidicelli, Cris Groenendaal as Monsieur André, Nick Wyman as Monsieur Firmin, Leila Martin as Madame Giry, David Romano as Ubaldo Piangi, and Elisa Heinsohn as Meg Giry alongside George Lee Andrews, William Scott Brown, Irene Cho, Nicole Fosse, Jan Horvath, Jeff Keller, Peter Kevoian, Lisa Lockwood, Rebecca Luker, Lori MacPherson, Barry McNabb, Beth McVey, Luis Perez, Dodie Pettit, Richard Warren Pugh, Candace Rogers-Adlr, Charles Rule, Mary Leigh Stahl, Philip Steele, Olga Talyn Catherine Ulissey, and Kenneth H. Waller. Rounding out the company were Denny Berry, Frank Mastrone, and Alba Quezada as swings.
Directed by Harold Prince with choreography and musical staging by Gillian Lynne, The Phantom of the Opera features production design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Andrew Bridge, and sound design by Martin Levan. Visit the Playbill Vault for the complete cast and creative team.