Phantom of the Opera Sequel

The Phantom of the Opera sequel titled “Phantom: Love Never Dies” is soon to become a reality. The show is scheduled to premier at London’s Adelphi Theater on March 9, 2010 and then opens in New York on November 11 and in Australia in 2011. An opening in Shanghai, China is also in the works which would be groundbreaking for Broadways’s push into the China market.

The Phantom of the Opera is based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux. The show originally starred Sarah Brightman, Lloyd Webber’s former wife, and Michael Crawford.

According to www.thephantomoftheopera.com, Lloyd Webber’s musical version of The Phantom of the Opera is theĀ  most successful piece of entertainment of all time, produced in any media. The Broadway production played its 9000th performance on September 17, 2009. It is estimated that Phantom has been seen by more than 100 million people worldwide having been played in no fewer than 14 languages.

Love Never Dies continues the story of The Phantom, who has left his lair at the Paris Opera House and, 10 years later, is haunting the fairgrounds of New York’s Coney Island.

Ramin Karimlooo will play the Phantom in the sequel, having performed in the original in London, and Sierra Boggess, who played the lead in Disney’s Broadway musical “The Little Mermaid,” will play Christine.

Sadly, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and undergoing treatment. The Oscar-winning 61-year-old, who wrote hit songs including “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from “Evita” and “Memory” from “Cats,” said that his latest work did not return to the original Phantom score barring “a couple of tiny, musical moments.

My personal thoughts: Lloyd Webber is taking a big artistic risk with this sequel. I absolutely loved Phantom and hope this sequel is nothing less than amazing. More often than not, sequels disappoint (i.e. the most recent Star Wars movies). If Love Never Dies flops, it would be a major blemish to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s distinguished career.

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One Response to Phantom of the Opera Sequel

  1. LOVE NEVER DIES is unlikely to fail financially due to the fact it is riding off the back of the success of the most successful entertainment venture of all time.

    Artistically, however, LOVE NEVER DIES has already failed thanks to its own existence, which completely undermines the ending of the original PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

    We feel strongly that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical, LOVE NEVER DIES, is a completely misguided venture that is a detriment to the story of the original PHANTOM OF THE OPERA novel and musical of the same name and that, contrary to the information being reported by the Really Useful Group and perpetuated by the ill-informed media, is not in the interest of nor desired by the story’s many fans. Virtually everything about the show strikes us as illogical, irrational, offensive and frankly stupid. While there is little that can be done at this stage to stop the show from reaching the stage at all, we aim to provide a platform for the many people out there who maintain that this should have never been given the green light and who are disappointed and disillusioned by the decisions of Lloyd Webber, his creative team and the Really Useful Group regarding LOVE NEVER DIES.#

    Find out why the fans of PHANTOM are so disappointed here: http://www.phantomoftheopera.com/phantom-of-the-opera-sequel.html

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