‘The Phantom of the Opera’ extends Broadway run due to demand

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The music of the night continues eight weeks longer than expected.

The Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera” announced in September that it would close in February due to declining ticket sales, but plans have changed.

On Tuesday, the show’s producer Cameron Mackintosh announced that the show will now run until April 16.

An unexpected increase in sales and a busy Thanksgiving week saw the longest-running show in Broadway history earn $2.2 million in sales last week, according to The New York Times.

“What a phenomenal reaction there has been to the end of the show,” Mackintosh told the Times. “We’ve sold out almost everything we have on sale.”

The musical will celebrate its 35th anniversary in January.

Featuring music by famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Phantom” depicts a masked music lover prowling the Paris Opera House.

The Broadway show is directed by Hal Prince. In 1988, the show won seven Tony Awards.

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