The Phantom is not "jacking off backstage" for most of the show, it's a very demanding role and literally the title character, I know you have a feminist agenda but it makes sense he has the last bow, he's usually the most famous actor in the show. It's a star performance. He gives his blood, sweat, and tears to this role, he spends two hours in makeup, he deserves the last bow.
the phantom shouldn’t even get a bow, it ruins the mystery. they should cast every phantom actor for only one performance, afterwards he can’t do interviews or be in other shows, he has to go fuck off to the mountain lands or be frozen cryogenically, only to be revived when we need some irrelevant old man on law and order: special victims unit