October 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Royal Albert Hall was the place to be this past weekend for three sold out performances where more than 200 original and current cast members combined to pay special tribute to the incomparable music of the night. The fully-staged Cameron Mackintonsh production direct from RAH was broadcast live to theaters worldwide including the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on Sunday where the current Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera joined notable Phantom alumni to celebrate. The original production, starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, opened on 9 October 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End where it remains today, 25 years later.
If you weren’t able to get to either London’s Royal Albert Hall or the Ziegfeld Theatre in NYC on Sunday, not to worry. This once-in-a-lifetime performance will be shown in theaters throughout the United States tonight, Thursday and Sunday this week (October 5, 6 and 11). For a list of theaters across the U.S., click here to see where you might catch this landmark event.