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The Phantom of the Opera's record-setting run: By the numbers

The popular Broadway musical hit a new milestone on Saturday, celebrating its 10,000th performance. Here's how that success breaks down

Most Broadway productions are lucky to run for a year. On Saturday, The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 10,000th Broadway performance, setting a record as the longest-running show ever on the Great White Way. Not only that, the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical is still among Broadway's top earners. Here, a look at its blockbuster run, by the numbers:

10,000Record number of performances clocked by the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. It opened in New York on Jan. 26, 1988.

24Years Phantom has been on Broadway

7,485Performances delivered by the cast of Cats, the second longest-running musical ever on Broadway

6,328Performances delivered by the cast of Chicago, the second longest-running musical currently on Broadway

$8 millionOriginal cost of the Phantom production

$835 millionAmount the show has earned over its 10,000 performances

$44.8 millionPhantom's gross last year, its best annual tally ever

$1,579,428Phantom's gross during a week last December, its highest weekly gross ever

27Countries that have staged a production

145Cities in which the show has played

$5.6 billionPhantom's worldwide gross

40Percent of Phantom's New York audience on any given night who has seen the show at least once before

68 Percent of audience who are women

60 Percent of audience who are tourists

7Tony Awards won by Phantom in 1988, including Best Musical, Best Director (Harold Prince), and Best Actor (Michael Crawford). The show received 10 nominations total.

12Actors have played the title role of the Phantom on Broadway

9,328Phantom performances given by actor George Lee Andrews, the Guinness World Record holder for the most performances in the same Broadway show. He had been with the show for 23 years, playing the featured role of Monsieur Andrew.

4Times a year that 84-year-old Harold Prince, who won a Tony Award for directing Phantom, says he returns to the Broadway production to give notes

1Sequel spawned by The Phantom of the Opera. Love Never Dies opened last year in London's West End, to mostly negative reviews.

Sources: AP, IBDB (2,3), NY Times (2), Telegraph

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