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Majestic Theater - New York, New York

Majestic Theater – New York, New York

The Majestic Theater, located a block and half from Junior’s and a half a block from my hotel, is still playing the Phantom of the Opera. Though they just announced they are closing. Research revealed it’s the longest-running show on Broadway starting in 1988 — a remarkable 34 years.

I’ve seen the Phantom twice, once in New York and once in Austin. As I recall, the ceiling had to be reinforced at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall to accommodate the climactic swinging chandelier scene.

My parents surprised my future wife and me with two tickets to the broadway performance — perfect seats in the middle at the front of the balcony. The show was overwhelming and impressive. The big difference between the Broadway version and the local Austin version is the scale. The Majestic has a humongous stage, and when sitting in the middle, you can’t see the sides. The Austin version felt like watching a TV screen — the old kind with a 27″ CRT screen.

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