Phantom of the Opera officially now longest-running show in history of Broadway

By Guinness World Record News

Cast and crew of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "The Phantom of the Opera" made their way into the Guinness World Records 2013 Edition as the longest-running show in the history of Broadway -musical or play-having performed over 10,000 performances at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, New York, USA.

The record previously belonged to the musical "Cats", also composed by the legendary Webber, which reached the 7,485th performance on 10 September 2000.

This isn't the only record for "Phantom" -- cast member George Lee Andrews played a total of 9,382 performances in the Broadway production of "The Phantom of the Opera".

The show opened at The Majestic Theatre on 26 January 1988 with Andrews in the cast and he remained in the show until 3 September 2011.

Commenting on his achievement, Webber stated, "I am absolutely thrilled that "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway has made it into the Guinness World Records 2013 Edition. I would like to thank the performers, musicians and crew who have worked on the show over the years and the millions of fans who have come to see it. "Phantom" is the longest-running show in the history of Broadway and celebrates its twenty-fifth birthday next year; that makes me immensely proud."