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Phantom of the Opera ends two decade run on Halloween

October 9, 2010

It ends in the city where it began.

Dale Kristien peeks around a lifesize Michael Crawford

The national touring company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera concludes its run, fittingly, on Halloween night at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. It is a costly production that has criss-crossed the country, using 19 tractor trailers to pull its original sets and props from city to city.

Michael Crawford, the original Phantom whose voice lingers on the London cast recording (there is no US cast recording) and whom Lloyd Webber discovered during Barnum, remembers it as “a wonderful time. People would queue up around the block and sleep overnight to get tickets. It was extraordinary to come to the theatre and see so many people wanting tickets. This went on for months and months.” Read more.

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