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'Phantom of the Opera' tour to bid farewell in L.A.

February 5, 2010 |  4:07 pm

Phantom The current national tour of "The Phantom of the Opera" will give up the ghost in Los Angeles.

Organizers announced Friday that "Phantom" will return to L.A. for an engagement at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood that is set to begin Sep. 23. The run will be the last stop on the tour, which is set to close in November.

Tickets for the engagement will go on sale in April.

The current tour of "Phantom" began more than 17 years ago and has played more than 7,000 performances in cities across the U.S. The decision to close the tour in L.A. is a symbolic one -- the first national tour of "Phantom" kicked off in L.A. in 1989.

Together, the various national tours of "Phantom" have played in 98 cities for a combined total of 14,605 performances, according to promoters.

The current "Phantom" tour will visit cities including Dallas, Austin, Pittsburgh and Cleveland before arriving in L.A. later this year.

On Broadway, "Phantom" has been playing at the Majestic Theater since opening in 1988. That production won the Tony Award for best musical that season. A musical sequel, "Love Never Dies," is set to open in London this month and on Broadway later this year.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the music for the original "Phantom," has also penned the sequel.

-- David Ng

Credit: Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company

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