More than 11 million people tuned in to watch The Phantom of the Opera online
More than 11 million people tuned in to watch the 25th anniversary staging of The Phantom of the Opera over the weekend.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical become the most popular show to stream so far, with millions of viewers from around the world.
Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess played the Phantom and Christine in the star-studded show at the Royal Albert Hall, which also saw original cast members Michael Crawford, John Owen-Jones and Sarah Brightman join in for a big finale.
It was available on YouTube for 48 hours, but only streamed for 24 hours in the UK.
The Phantom of the Opera was the composer’s latest show to be made available to watch for free in YouTube series The Shows Must Go On, after Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar ran the previous weeks, each racking up more than two million views.
The musical’s sequel Love Never Dies will be the next show to be screened, running from 7pm on Friday April 24 for 48 hours. This story picks up 10 years after the events of Phantom and takes place in New York, where the masked musician is now hiding out.