Phantom of the Opera in History

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1986-10-09 "Phantom of the Opera" premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman

  • 1988-01-26 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • 1988-06-04 42nd Tony Awards: "M Butterfly" and "Phantom of the Opera" win
  • 2012-04-09 "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking "The Phantom of the Opera"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1868-05-06 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), born in Paris (d. 1927)
  • 1894-06-16 Norman Kerry, American actor (Phantom of the Opera), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1926-02-20 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera", born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)
  • 1942-01-19 Michael Crawford [Michael Patrick Smith], British Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire

Person of interestAndrew Lloyd Webber

1948-03-22 Andrew Lloyd Webber, British theatrical composer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Phantom of the Opera; Cats), born in London, England

  • 1960-08-14 Sarah Brightman, English actress and singer (Phantom of the Opera), born in Berkhamsted, United Kingdom

Deaths in Music

  • 1927-04-15 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 58
  • 1951-09-09 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 74
  • 1956-01-12 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 61
  • 1967-03-06 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • 1969-03-15 Miles Malleson, British stage and screen actor, and writer (Kind Hearts and Coronets; Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • 2018-07-01 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," dies at 92