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“Phantom” Hits Ten Thousand, Shows No Signs of Stopping

Barely three months after the stock market collapsed in 1987, The Phantom of the Opera opened at the Majestic Theater. Ronald Reagan had a year to go on his second term. The Soviet Union was still around, and, ostensibly, a grave threat. People thought it was a good idea to wear neon legwarmers, for the love of God. Two and a half decades later, we’ve seen the stock market collapse four or five more times, both Reagan and the Soviet Union are long dead, and whatever might have happened to neon legwarmers is still probably a kinder fate than they deserved. Yet the Phantom keeps rolling along. Saturday it celebrated its ten thousandth performance. (FULL ARTICLE: Patrick Healy, The New York Times)