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What do these cities and years have in common?

London 1991

London 1992

Sydney 1995

London 1996

New York City 1996

London 2007

New York City 2007

Perth 2009

Buenos Aires 2009

London 2013

London 2014

Perth 2014

New York City 2015?


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They’re when and where I could have seen The Phantom of the Opera and didn’t.

The closest I came was on a Tuesday afternoon in 2007, when my friend JJ took me to the Majestic Theater, New York City, where it was playing. We saw a show … but it was a tribute to Betty Comden, the co-writer of Singin’ in the Rain and several Broadway musicals. Lauren Bacall introduced it…

But I do admire how any show that opened when I was studying for my final high school exams could – more than 25 years later – still have ‘HOUSE FULL’ signs out the front, as it did when I walked by Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.


There used to be three certainties in life: death, taxes and Adriana Xenides turning around the letters on Wheel of Fortune. Adriana is sadly no longer with us, but Phantom carries on. I’ll see it when I get my Seniors Card.

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