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Trump’s Favorite Broadway Show Ends After 35 Years of Production

Broadway’s longest running performance — The Phantom of the Opera — is finally being yanked from the stage after 35 years of production

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45th President Donald Trump and other fans of the opera are in for bad news: The legendary Phantom of the Opera is ending its run on Broadway after 35 years.

The news broke late last week, with the New York Times reporting that the longest running Broadway show in history is set to end its run in February of 2023.

Though noting that all musicals cease production at some point, and the show will continue in other cities, the Grey Lady suggested that small post-pandemic turnout combined with the higher cost of doing business in the current economy were part of the reason for the show’s closure.

It’s no secret that former-President Donald Trump has quite the playlist at his rallies. Trump loves songs from Broadway musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. He even likes the YMCA, which “that really gets people rocking.”

Described as an “icon of 1980s Broadway” by the New York Times, perhaps it’s fitting that music from Phantom of the Opera is among his favorite.

Well, unless you’re a journal covering Trump’s rallies for the first time.

Trump previously wrote in his 2004 book “Think Like a Billionaire” about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit, “My favorite Broadway show is Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber, starring Patti LuPone. I saw it six times, mostly with Ivana. Evita is not on Broadway right now, but I’m hopeful that they’ll bring it back. Also, The Phantom of the Opera was great!”

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Even an op-ed that ran on MSNBC’s website titled “Trump had ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera‘ played to soothe him, a new book claims” shows how much everyone knew about Trump’s love for Broadway.

Unfortunately, Broadway’s longest running performance — The Phantom of the Opera — is finally being yanked from the stage after 35 years of production.

The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway on January 26, 1988. Its last show will be at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on February 18, 2023. It will conclude with 13,925 performances. For reference, Broadway’s second-longest-running show, the revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “Chicago,” ran for 25 years with over 10,000 performances.

As the renowned New York Times critic, Frank Rich, commented on the show in 1988, “It may be possible to have a terrible time at ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ but you’ll have to work at it.” Although nothing lasts forever, 35 years was a good run.

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