‘Phantom of the Opera’ closes on Broadway after 35 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber dedicates show to late son

Sunday marked the end of an era on Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history, played its final performance after 35 years.

Fans and celebrities packed the Majestic Theatre to say goodbye to the historic production — and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber got emotional dedicating the performance to his son, who recently passed away.

John Riddle, Laird Mackintosh and Emilie Kouatchou at the closing performance of “Phantom of the Opera” held at Majestic Theatre on April 16, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Nina Westervelt/Variety via Getty Images)

End of ‘Phantom’

The Phantom of the Opera premiered on Broadway in January 1988, after first debuting in London two years earlier. The Broadway production, starring Michael Crawford as the Phantom and Sarah Brightman as his muse Christine Daaé, was an immediate smash hit and won the Tony Award for Best Musical.