After many long years, the Phantom has returned for the much-anticipated sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
As much as I – like many people – am apprehensive about sequels, I’m excited about this one. Lloyd Webber even said himself that he considers it less of a sequel and more of a standalone piece, which gives me high hopes for when it hits London in March next year.
Love Never Dies is set 10 years after the original musical (which was set in 1881) and takes place on Coney Island, New York, where the Phantom had fled to following his tragic ending in Paris. When leading lady of the original Christine Daaé accepts the chance to perform at Coney Island, it is not until she, her husband and their son arrive that she discovers just who it was that extended the intriguing offer.
The new musical promises to continue the Phantom’s intricate themes of obsession and mystery with a dynamic new score by Lloyd Webber and will I can’t wait to see the genius maniac Phantom return in his attempt to prove that the musical’s title is true – love never dies.
The current Phantom at the West End, Ramin Karimloo, is going to leave the production in order to begin rehearsals in January alongside Broadway’s Sierra Boggess, which I think is an especially nice twist of events. Having actors that are already so familiar with the characters they play is sure to enhance the experience, particularly for those who have already enjoyed seeing Karimloo’s stunning performance in Phantom of the Opera at the West End.
We’ve already started arranging Love Never Dies theatre breaks here at Superbreak in the excitement that the news of the sequel has brought on. I know where I’m going to be in March next year!