Which of these famous stories is the oldest? My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago or Mary Poppins. Phantom of the Opera first appeared as the serial publication in 1910. The play and musical came later.
How much later? The Phantom of the Opera musical made its debut on Broadway in 1988 but that famous street in New York City has been hosting plays for live audiences since the 1700s'. And while it's been shut down several times in the past, Broadway hasn't gone dark for a year since the Revolutionary War.
Even during the much deadlier Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 to 1919, Broadway stayed open. There are more than 40 theaters along the "Great White Way" as it became known for the electric white marquise lights above theater entrances.
There are many other off-Broadway theaters that have fewer seats but are still popular. An estimated 97,000 jobs were lost when Broadway closed last year and it's not known yet when the lights will go on again.，天天斗牛