Broadway.com has confirmed that the Mogador Theatre in Paris, where the new French version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera was set to open on October 13, has been struck by fire overnight. A fireman was hurt battling the blaze, which is now under control, according to TV5.
It is not yet known when or if performances of the 30th anniversary production, which was to be led by three-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Sierra Boggess, will start.
"(It is) difficult to estimate the time needed for the repairs at the moment," a spokesperson said in a statement. The fire's cause is currently unknown.
Boggess, who has been called by Lloyd Webber his "best Christine," departed the composer's latest Broadway hit, School of Rock, to lead the production, in French.
Phantom continues to run in London at Her Majesty's Theatre and on Broadway at the Majestic.