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Wouldn’t it be interesting if somebody saw it,” Kopit told Yeston, “and said it would make a great musical, and we’re all set?”
That’s exactly what happened. A Houston theater presented an elaborate production in 1991 and released a cast recording of the musical, which was called simply “Phantom.” Other versions were staged in Seattle, San Bernardino, Calif., and Chicago, where it ran for more than a year. Yeston once called it “the greatest hit never to be produced on Broadway.”
By 2007, there had been more than 1,000 productions of what became known in theatrical circles as “the other ‘Phantom,’ “ with hundreds more in the years since. It toured German theaters for eight years and has been seen in cities across North America, but it has never been on Broadway.
When a Long Island theater staged Yeston and Kopit’s musical in 2003, New York Times writer Alvin Klein urged people to see the intimate show, which he called “the ‘Phantom’ of choice.”
“When history tells the tale,” Klein added, “the ‘other “Phantom” ‘ may well be the winner.” Firefighter Dad Knows Everything If He Doesn’t Know He Makes Stuff Up Really Fast Shirt, hoodie, tank top
Kopit was born Arthur Lee Koenig on May 10, 1937, in New York. His parents divorced when he was young, he took the last name of his stepfather, a jewelry salesman. His mother had been a hat model and later was her son’s business manager for a time.
As a child in the New York suburbs, Kopit put on puppet shows and was an avid listener to radio dramas. Nonetheless, he studied engineering because he didn’t consider writing a stable career.