Behold the Phantom

Cooper Frodin as The Phantom and Julia Udine as Christine Daaé.
Cooper Frodin as The Phantom and Julia Udine as Christine Daaé.
By Belle Du Chene

“The Phantom of the Opera”–Andrew Lloyd Weber’s lavish spectacle about obsession, love and murder in a 19th-century French opera house–is coming to the Des Moines Civic Center Sept. 10-21. The decked-out show, part of a new North American tour, features many special effects, including the famous one-ton chandelier.How popular is the show? The numbers tell the story:

  • $890 million: How much “The Phantom of the Opera” has grossed since its 1988 Broadway debut.
  • 70-plus: Theater awards the show has won, including seven 1988 Tony Awards (including best musical) and three Olivier Awards in London’s West End.
  • 40 million-plus: How many copies of the original cast recording have been sold, making it the best-selling cast recording of all time.
  • 20: Trucks used to move the production from city to city.
  • 120-plus: Wigs that travel with the show. All but five are made of human hair.
  • 6,000: Beads on the chandelier.
Find details about show dates and times for the upcoming Des Moines production here.

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