On Broadway -The
Greatest Shows Ever - Phantom of the Opera - Cats
February 8th 2006
What does the
Phantom of the Opera and Cats have in common? Answer: They are the
longest running plays in the history of Broadway. Phantom is
currently still performing its spectacular production and nearing
its 7,500th performance. Cats closed on September 10th, 2000 after
7,486 shows. What is the allure of Broadway and these two plays?
Phantom has been
delighting audiences of readers since Gaston Leroux wrote the novel
in 1911. Phantom first went to film in 1925 and recently a remake
appeared in 2005.
Phantom’s opening night was on January 26, 1988 at the Majestic
Theatre. Phantom of the Opera had ticket seekers clamoring for the
opportunity to take a seat and watch the visual delights of this
most beloved operatic play. Today in 2006, Phantom tickets are
still much sought after and available. What is the appeal of this
long running and powerful play?
and reason for the popularity of Phantom comes from its story. The
right mixture of horror, music, fantasy and romance transfixes the
audience into becoming emotionally involved with the production. On
Broadway, the scenery and props, the stirring lyrics bring you into
the fantasy world of the phantom as he pursues his love, the
The beauty of the
young Christine and the beastly attributes of the daunting phantom
combine to transfix and bring mystery and wonderment into our lives,
if only for a few hours. Love and loving another is a universal
phenomenon in which we can all relate. Phantom stirs our emotions,
entertains and that is the main appeal behind the 2nd longest
running play on Broadway, Cats.
Cats is based on
a work of poetry by TS Elliot and it premiered on Broadway on
October 7, 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre. One of the most
famous songs in history gained popularity from Cats. “Memories” is a
song that had a strong emotional appeal for audience member of all
ages. Cats gained popularity not only for its music but as
entertainment for which all family members could attend together. It
will fascinate the children and at the same time it will entertain
adults. The set designs are enormous and breathtaking, the singing
and dancing are auditory and visual delights. Broadway knows how to
entertain and put on a show you will never forget. There are many
ways to find the right shows you might want to see.
http://www.stubhub.com is a great place to start in getting
tickets as well as information about events and shows on Broadway.
has a special allure. The fact that it is performed live is
undoubtedly its strongest attraction. Simply put, live performances
be it Broadway, a concert, and opera or ballet are more vivid. The
eyes behold the beauty of the sets, the crispness of the music and
the artistry of performance that no technological device can offer.
This is not to say that a beautiful opera on a nice stereo or a
concert on DVD can’t be enjoyed, they just can’t provide the
vividness and clarity that live performance can. There is also
another consideration to make when deciding to attend a Broadway
play in person or watch its version on the television at home.
performances bring us out into the world. We socialize, we see
people, and we experience the magic and beauty of Broadway with
others. We experience life in the atmosphere of humanity.
Generations into the past, live performances were the tradition. It
was an all day event of excitement to prepare, get dressed up and
travel to the event. One had to go out for the evening to experience
entertainment. That tradition, while not pursued as often because
of today’s technological devices, is still available on or off
When you find the
Broadway show you want to see, be aware of terms such as on or off
Broadway. Broadway is the name of the street or theatre district
that has some thirty-nine venues for professionally staged Broadway
theatre shows in New York City, United States. Off Broadway are
theatres that are smaller and while professionally produced offer a
more intimate theatre experience. In fact, it is generally the
number of seats that determine if a show is termed “off Broadway”.
These off Broadway houses generally seat less than 500 persons.
The thrill and
pleasures of attending a Broadway show are many. It’s a chance to
experience the sounds of music like no technological device can
offer. Attending a Broadway show is a chance to get out for the
evening and socialize, to be a part of one of life’s unforgettable
experiences. Be a part of history and go see Phantom of the Opera.
Whatever your choice of show, be a part of a historical tradition
that takes into a few hours of fantasy, magic, adventure and
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