The Broadway Musical Blog – Musical theater news and gossip from the Great White Way

Dishing out daily (or almost daily) Broadway musical news and gossip. The companion site to The Broadway Musical Home (, a directory of Broadway musicals with the story, songs, merchandise, video clips, lyrics, tickets, rights & awards for almost 200 shows.

Archive for Guinness World Record

Broadway’s longest running show, Phantom of the Opera, reaches another staggering milestone – 9,000 performances!

Tonight’s performance of Phantom of the Opera will mark the show’s 9,000 Broadway performance!

Since its debut on January 26, 1988, the Broadway version of Phantom of the Opera has grossed $740 million and has been attended by over 13 million patrons. Internationally the show has earned over $5 billion, played over 65,000 performances and been seen by over 100 million attendees.

The show has broken an unprecedented number of records, including:

• The longest-running show in Broadway history

• Largest capitalization for any show – $8 million

• Largest total advance – $18 million

• Total gross and attendance

• The number of years before a single ticket was
ever sold at the TKTS ticket booth in Times
Square – over 14 years

• George Lee Andrews who plays Monsieur
Andre continues to be the performer with
the longest time in the same Broadway show

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber confirmed that he is working on a sequel to the show, Phantom: Love Never Dies. Information about that show is forthcoming.

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Rock of Ages Attempting to Break Air Guitar Guinness World Record

The cast and crew of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Rock Of Ages will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble on Wednesday, July 1st. The event will start at 1:30 pm PST, and will be streamed live on Ustream here:

The ensemble will include Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis, 2007 National Air Guitar Champion Andrew “William Ocean” Litz, the matinee audience and fans.


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