After greater than three many years, “The Phantom of the Opera” is on the brink of hang up its mask on Broadway.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has played to over 145 million people worldwide in 41 countries, 183 cities, and in 17 languages — and it has received 70 major theater awards including seven Tony Awards and 4 Olivier Awards.
The show also lays claim to the title of the most important job producer in U.S. theatrical history. During its run, “Phantom” created an estimated 6,500 jobs, including those of 400 actors, in Latest York City, while grossing $1.3 billion in ticket sales. The show’s last performance on the Majestic Theater is slated for April 16.
Casting director Tara Rubin has helped hand-pick the actors for the beloved musical for greater than three many years — working just down the road from the Majestic.
“Phantom of the Opera” Casting Director Tara Rubin
“I never really dreamed that I’d have a job like this,” Rubin told CNBC. “In 1987, once we first began casting, I typed all of the casting sheets that we utilized in auditions on a Selectric typewriter.”
Back then, she also made phone calls to the agents — relatively than emailing them, and did all of it on a rotary phone.
“[Phantom’s] maintained a presence on the road, after which the town for therefore long. It’s inspired other shows, it’s inspired people to develop into actors,” Rubin said.
Rubin is just considered one of 20 “lifers” who’ve worked on the show for greater than three many years.
“Phantom of the Opera” Dresser Ron Blakley
Dresser Ron Blakley is one other lifer who was working backstage within the wardrobe department when the curtain rose on the Majestic for the very first time.
Blakley’s job is to examine the show’s costumes to make sure that they’re in tip-top shape. He gave CNBC a tour of his backstage area, which is loaded with intricately beaded costumes and ball gowns.
After each performance, Blakley checks the costumes for any signs of wear and tear and tear. “I get a needle and a few thread and I stitch it and I put the backing back in place.”
But what he’ll miss most?
“The people,” said Blakley.
“Phantom of the Opera” Head Electrician Alan Lampel
The one-ton chandelier is the centerpiece of the show. It flies over the audience each night. For 3 many years, head electrician Alan Lampel has kept its lights on.
It’s named “Ruthie Two,” as a tribute to assistant director Ruth Mitchell, he said.
Lampel said he’s seen lots of of actors come and go at “Phantom,” however the chandelier hasn’t left the stage since opening night.
“I watch it from my perch on the market at the back of the orchestra. And it’s quite powerful,” he said.
Below the chandelier, one other lifer is within the orchestra pit, violinist Jan Mullen.
“Phantom of the Opera” Violinist Jan Mullen
She’s considered one of 27 musicians who make up considered one of Broadway’s largest orchestras.
“In music like this, which is complex, there’s at all times something different you may see or what you may do with it,” said Mullen, who never expected to land the job when she auditioned after graduating from Juilliard.
“That is nearly as good because it gets,” said Mullen. “I’m so glad so many individuals have been in a position to enjoy it.”