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The chandelier will drop (again) in Sacramento and other ‘Phantom’ facts

Brad Little as The Phantom in a scene from the third touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of the Opera” directed by Harold Prince. “Phantom” is quite simply one the biggest musicals of all time.
Brad Little as The Phantom in a scene from the third touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of the Opera” directed by Harold Prince. “Phantom” is quite simply one the biggest musicals of all time.

The new production of Cameron Mackintosh’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” which comes to Sacramento on Wednesday, May 17, has been touring since 2013.

“Phantom” is quite simply one the biggest musicals of all time. “How big?” you ask. Judge by the numbers and facts.

‘Phantom’ in Sacramento

• 4: National touring productions to come to town (1997, 2002, 2008 and 2017)

• 88: Performances in Sacramento

Broadway timeline

It is now the longest-running show in Broadway history

• Jan. 26, 1988: Opens on Broadway at the Majestic Theater

• Feb. 11, 2012: Becomes the first Broadway musical to surpass 10,000 performances

• Jan. 26, 2013: Marks its 25th anniversary with its 10,400th performance

These aren’t phantom $$$

Cast recordings have been made of the London, Austrian, Dutch, German, Japanese, Swedish, Korean, Hungarian, Mexican, Polish, Russian and Canadian productions.

•  $1.08 billion: Gross receipts (as of November 2016), second only to “The Lion King” as highest of any show on Broadway

• $5 billion: Global gross earnings, the highest of any musical in history

Behind the scenes

• 75: Local stagehands hired in each city to load the production into the theatre

• 35: Local stagehands used for each performance

• 20: Trucks used to move the production city to city

Mask
The Phantom of the Opera, mask and rose. It comes to Sacramento on Wednesday, May 17. The Phantom of the Opera

The Costumes

• 1,200: Costume pieces used during the show

• 2-3: Weeks a pair of women’s ballet shoes lasts per dancer

• 120: Wigs that travel with the production

• 50: Wigs used in each performance, all but 5 made of human hair

• 50: Moustaches on hand

Sound and effects

• 200: Speakers in the auditorium

• 50: Speakers used to create the surround-sound effects

• 85: Moving lights in the design

• 4: Haze/smoke effects

Chandalier
Backstage setup of the musical "Phantom of the Opera" at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2016. It is now the longest-running show in Broadway history. Maria Chiu mchiu@mcclatchy.com

The Chandelier

This new chandelier was designed by Howard Eaton, who also designed the Olympic rings for the London ceremonies.

• 6,000: Beads are on the chandelier

• 632: Beads per strand

• 1 ton: Weight of the chandelier

Scenery

• 10 tons: Weight of the main scenic wall, which rotates around the stage

• 2: Number of opera boxes on the set. (They fill one transport truck.)

Brad_Little as PHANTOM
Brad Little as The Phantom in a scene from the third touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of the Opera” directed by Harold Prince. JOAN MARCUS

The Phantom (himself)

Some of the actors who have been the Phantom in Sacramento:

• Brad Little: 1997 and 2002

• Stephen Tewksbury: 2008

• Derrick Davis: 2017, the third actor of color to be the Man Behind The Mask (with Robert Guillaume and Norm Lewis)

Marcus Crowder: 916-321-1120, @marcuscrowder

The Phantom of the Opera

What: The new touring production of Cameron Mackintosh’s “Phantom” with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis and Jordan Craig.

Where: The Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento

When: Wednesday, May 17-Friday, May 28 at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21

Cost: $58-$128

Information: 916-557-1999 or visit BroadwaySacramento.com

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