Phantom of the Opera and David Cryer '58 Celebrate #8,000

Phantom of the Opera and David Cryer '58 Celebrate #8,000

April 10, 2007

David Cryer - Firmin.jpgApril 10, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - David Cryer, the 1958 DePauw University graduate who portrays Monsieur Firmin in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera, and his fellow cast members have set another record. As Broadway World reports, "With its 2 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, April 4, the musical became the first Broadway show ever to reach 8,000 performances." The occasion was marked by the presentation of a huge cake decorated with "8000" during the curtain call. The cast also celebrated backstage following the performance, according to the article (photo below; Cryer is at the far right).

"Now in its phenomenal 20th year, the Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, Inc. production, directed by Harold Prince, continuesPhantom 8000.jpg to play at the Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), with no end in sight," adds the story, which notes Cryer's role in the production.

The winner of seven Tony Awards, Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006.

Read the story by clicking here.

Video clips of David Cryer -- who has also appeared in films such as Escape from Alcatraz and American Gigolo -- from a 1996 television news profile can be accessed here and here.

(bottom photo by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.)