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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As a long time huge Phantom fan, I think it’s a pretty terrible idea. It’s partially based on a novel by Frederick Forsyth which got terrible reviews from fans and professional critics alike, and when it comes down to it you just can’t make a sequel without messing up the original characters. So much of the power of the story lies in its ending, with the Phantom giving up Christine when she shows him a moment of love, redeeming him. Having him continue to stalk her years later just ruins that.