Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s Longest-Running Show, to Close

From a New York Times story by Michael Paulson headlined “‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Broadway’s Longest-Running Show, to Close”:

“The Phantom of the Opera,” the longest-running show in Broadway history and, for many, a symbol of musical theater, will drop its famous chandelier for the last time in February, becoming the latest show to fall victim to the drop-off in audiences since the pandemic hit.

The closing is at once long-expected — no show runs forever, and this one’s grosses have been softening — but also startling, because “Phantom” had come to seem like a permanent part of the Broadway landscape, a period piece and a tourist magnet that stood apart from the vicissitudes of the commercial theater marketplace.