'Phantom of the Opera' Coming to Israel for First Time

Performances, scheduled as part of an international tour, will take place beginning August 12, 2019 at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center

Maya Asheri
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A performance of "The Phantom of the Opera," in London, in 2017.
A performance of "The Phantom of the Opera," in London, in 2017. The musical, which will make its Israeli debut in August, has been staged in some 30 countries before more than 130 million people.Credit: Johan Persson

"The Phantom of the Opera” – one of the most successful musicals of all time – is coming to Israel for the first time, next summer. The performances, scheduled as part of an international tour, will take place beginning August 12, 2019 at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices will range from 199 shekels ($54) to 699 shekels ($189). The show is being brought to Israel by producer Moshe Yosef, who also brought “Grease” to Israel.

"The Phantom of the Opera," by Andrew Lloyd Weber, made its debut in London’s West End in 1986 and came to Broadway two years later. The award-winning musical is currently the longest-running show on Broadway and the second-longest in London (after “Les Miserables”), with some 13,000 performances all told. It had also been the most profitable musical of all time, earning $5.6 billion in performances around the world, but “The Lion King” passed it by in 2014. The musical has been staged to date in some 30 countries before more than 130 million people.

The story is based on a 1910 French novel by Gaston Leroux, and focuses on the romance between a young opera singer and a talented, mysterious and disfigured musician who haunts the Paris Opera House while wearing a mask. "Phantom" was first produced as a nonmusical film in 1925, and a movie based on the musical was released in 2004.

The show will arrive in Israel between stops in Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and according to the producers, it will be a precise replica of the Broadway production, featuring 90 actors, singers, dancers and stage personnel who will be traveling with 18 containers of equipment, props and sets.

“Musical plays are my great love,” said Yosef, at a press conference in Tel Aviv with American producer Ken Davenport. “I’ve seen ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ at least 10 times. It was my dream to bring the production to Israel, and I’m pleased that after 10 years of efforts it will happen. I think it will be a great experience for the audience to see Broadway in Tel Aviv.”