“The Phantom of the Opera” is coming to the Lied Center for Performing Arts in October, making its Lincoln debut 31 years after it began its ongoing, record-setting Broadway run.

“We have the biggest Broadway show in the Lied Center’s history coming next season,” said Lied Center executive director Bill Stephan. “It’s Broadway’s most popular musical of all time. It’s had more performances than any other musical in history.

“It’s big in all kinds of ways. The number of performances here — more than 30,000 people will be able to see a ‘Phantom of the Opera’ performance. There’s 52 people in the cast and orchestra. And it’s got about 20 trucks. It’s four times the size of the usual productions we have had at the Lied.”

"The Phantom of the Opera” will be the first musical to run for two weeks at the Lied, with 15 public performances and one for schools set to take place from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3. That run will break the Lied record of $1 million in ticket sales for eight December performances of “The Book of Mormon.” Those performances averaged 1,850 people per show in the 2,200-seat theater.

“The Book of Mormon really was our test case,” Stephan said. “We sold a record number of tickets for that, 15,000 tickets. ... That says Lincoln and greater Nebraska love big Broadway and want to see the huge shows. It shows we’re a market separate from Omaha and a viable market for Broadway.”

The national touring company of “The Phantom of the Opera” is presenting Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, with newly reinvented staging and scenic design.

Tickets for “The Phantom of the Opera” will be available as part of the Lied’s Glenn Korff Broadway Series package. The entire 2019-20 series will be announced Monday. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday and will be available at the Lied box office, liedcenter.org and by calling 402-472-4747.

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Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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