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Delays, transfers, replacements, closings and even some happy news!

That’s right, it’s time for another massive news roundup. There’s a lot to catch up on, so without any further ado, here we go…

The Broadway premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies will open at the Neil Simon Theater in the spring of 2011 due to some health complications of ALW’s part. The show, which was to open on Broadway in November of 2011, has been playing to somewhat mixed reviews on the West End. The big buzz about the delay is in regards to Jack O’Brien (director) and Jerry Mitchell (choreographer) because…

Catch Me If You Can is officially opening on Broadway in the spring of 2011! Producers Hal Luftig and Margo Lion have confirmed that rehearsals for the show that premiered at Seattle’s 5th Avenue will begin in January. A theatre and the exact dates of production have not yet been announced, but O’Brien and Mitchell are on board, and it is assumed that the big names associated with the production (Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat, Norbert Leo Butz) will be headliners.

Another exciting transfer is that of Yank!, the Off-Broadway hit that just closed at the York Theater Company. Producers Pamela Koslow and Karl Held have announced plans to bring the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ G.I. musical to the Great White Way during the 2010-11 season. No news as to whether Bobby Steggert and Ivan Hernandez will repeat the roles they originated on Broadway.

Another Off-Broadway hit, Sherie Rene Scott’s Everyday Rapture is headed to Broadway thanks to Megan Mullally’s sudden and late departure from Lips Together, Teeth Apart. Everyday Rapture will open on April 29, 2010, so it will be in the running for this year’s Tony Awards.

The other sudden departure was that of the show All About Me, which, after being panned harshly by critics, ended its Broadway run after only 20 performances. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a flop.

But enough depressing news…here’s some happy news:

  • Next to Normal officially recouped its investment!
  • Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in Stephen Sondheim’s honor!
  • John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch may be headed to Broadway in the fall!

And yes, it’s not technically Broadway, but since so many Off-Broadway shows are transferring these days, I thought it worth mentioning that Bloody Bloddy Andrew Jackson, a new musical about the guy you talked about in history class is generating nothing but great buzz. If you want to see it while the price is right, get over to the Public Theatre ASAP.

A sneak peak of some music from Andrew Llyod Webber’s Phantom of the Opera sequel, Love Never Dies

I got my hands on a song sample from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies:

Till I Hear You Sing Once More

What do you think?

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The Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies, will officially open in London on Mar 9 and on Broadway on Nov 11

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, has just announced opening dates. The production will premiere at London’s Adelphi Theatre on March 9, 2010, followed by a Broadway November 11 opening, and an Australian premiere in 2011.

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater (Sister Act, The Little Mermaid), and a book by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ben Elton, Glenn Slater and Jack O’Brien, the London production, directed by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, The Full Monty, Damn Yankees), will star Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid) and feature Summer Strallen. No other casting has yet been announced, though auditions are underway for the leading role of Gustave, Christine and Raoul’s 10-12 year old son.

Though the show involves the same characters from the original, Llyod Webber has stressed that the show will differ greatly from the original Phantom, stating that “there are practically no quotes from the original score, apart from one or two things from color.” The production takes place 10 years after Phantom of the Opera on the fairgrounds of Coney Island.

The original Phantom will not be closing, so patrons will be able to see the whole Phantom story in a single day, by attending Phantom matinees and Love Never Dies evening performances on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

What are your thoughts on the sequel?

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Phantom: Love Never Dies is officially headed to Broadway

It’s happening – Andrew Llyod Webber confirmed at Phantom of the Opera‘s 9,000th performance that the sequel to show, Phantom: Love Never Dies will open in London in March and on Broadway in November of 2010.

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Broadway’s longest running show, Phantom of the Opera, reaches another staggering milestone – 9,000 performances!

Tonight’s performance of Phantom of the Opera will mark the show’s 9,000 Broadway performance!

Since its debut on January 26, 1988, the Broadway version of Phantom of the Opera has grossed $740 million and has been attended by over 13 million patrons. Internationally the show has earned over $5 billion, played over 65,000 performances and been seen by over 100 million attendees.

The show has broken an unprecedented number of records, including:

• The longest-running show in Broadway history

• Largest capitalization for any show – $8 million

• Largest total advance – $18 million

• Total gross and attendance

• The number of years before a single ticket was
ever sold at the TKTS ticket booth in Times
Square – over 14 years

• George Lee Andrews who plays Monsieur
Andre continues to be the performer with
the longest time in the same Broadway show

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber confirmed that he is working on a sequel to the show, Phantom: Love Never Dies. Information about that show is forthcoming.

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Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo Confirmed as Stars for the Phantom of the Opera Sequel: Love Never Dies

Andrew Lloyd Webber has confirmed that Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, Las Vegas Phantom of the Opera) and Ramin Karimloo (West End Phantom of the Opera) will star in the world premiere of the Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies, set to open “early next year” at London’s Adelphi Theatre. The two stars originated the roles in the sequel’s earlier workshops and will perform the roles for the CD, which is looking at a release date before the holidays. Webber said he anticipated that “Sierra and Ramin will open in London early next year and then go to New York in the autumn of 2010.”


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