‘Phantom of the Opera’ tour coming to GR

Courtesy photo of DeVos Performance Hall.
Courtesy photo of DeVos Performance Hall.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Phantom of the Opera will be making its premiere in Grand Rapids at the DeVos Performance Hall.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular musical will include 16 performances on May 18-29, 2016.

The announcement follows the approval by the Kent County Convention/Arena Authority to upgrade DeVos Performance Hall by making structural improvements.

The new production of the musical will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. It will also mark the first time Broadway Grand Rapids will have a touring show on stage for two weeks.

“It’s wonderful to have a new production of Phantom touring America now that the show has celebrated over 25 years on Broadway, said Andrew Lloyd Webber. “Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the UK.”

There are currently seven productions of The Phantom of the Opera around the world: the flagship London production (27 Years and counting), New York (26 Years and counting), Sapporo (Japan, 25 Years and counting, in repertory), Budapest (Hungary), Hamburg (Germany), the Asian Pacific Tour and Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular all-new production now on North American Tour. The next international opening will be in Taipei, China in September 2014.

Since its debut, The Phantom of the Opera has grossed over $85.6 billion worldwide, with over 65,000 performances that have been seen by 130 million people in 29 countries and 150 cities in 13 languages.

The show has won more than 70 major theater awards.

Current Broadway season ticket holders will have first opportunity to buy tickets.

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Online: Phantom of the Opera U.S. Tour

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