The Phantom of the Opera returns to Broadway after a 2-year hiatus since the COVID-19 pandemic

ghost of drama Being held at the Majestic Theater on Broadway, New York (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

ghost of drama Being held at the Majestic Theater on Broadway, New York (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

New York: ghost of dramaThe longest-running musical on Broadway finally made a grand comeback as live events slowly resume after a major pause due to the pandemic. Its opening show was Friday at the Majestic Theatre, where it debuted in 1988.

However, this re-opening required an unusual touch—that of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the music’s producer. Since the orchestra and performers had not rehearsed due to the nearly two-year-long pause due to the pandemic, they were going about it as if it were a new score, reports the new York Times. Production technology has also been enhanced, and all this was being done under Weber’s supervision.

But what really got Webber excited is that music is back where it belongs — the stage. “It still cools me because it’s totally dramatic, and that’s what it is for me,” the musician said in an interview. CBS. “There are amazing things that have been filmed during the pandemic, and we’ve been able to watch and share them, but nothing, nothing replicates or can replicate the live experience.”

The sold-out show had all the hallmarks of a new musical opening night. Weber, naturally, hopes to give audiences a fresh feel with music being performed by an unusually large orchestra – a 28-member ensemble. But that’s the beauty of such gorgeous music—it’s a complete experience, and one that New York was really missing. Weber summed up that sentiment beautifully in his CBS interview when he said, “This city is dead without theater. It’s absolutely true. Without Broadway, there is no New York.”

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