Thomas Spetter, a former manager of public health with Bristol-Myers Squibb, is a fan of musicals and live theater. Thomas “Tom” Spetter is an especially big fan of the musicals A Christmas Carol and Phantom of the Opera.
The Phantom of the Opera made its Broadway debut in 1988 and went on to dominate that year’s Tony Awards. The musical took home a number of the event’s most prestigious honors, including Michael Crawford for best actor in a musical, Harold Prince for best director of a musical, and Judy Kaye as best featured actress in a musical. The production also took home awards in recognition of costume design and lighting design, as well as several additional technical awards.
Perhaps most memorably, The Phantom of the Opera bested the likes of Into the Woods and Sarafina! to earn the distinction of best musical of the year. In total the production took home seven awards from 10 nominations. The Phantom of the Opera has continued to run on Broadway since the 1988 season, logging more than 11,740 performances, more than any other production in the history of Broadway.