When it debuted back in 2010, Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to his smash play The Phantom of the Opera, was a bust. Now he hopes it can be resurrected.
The composer helped rework the musical for a stage production currently running in Australia at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre for 12 weeks only (get tickets here), but if you’re like most of us and can’t make it Down Under, you’ll have a chance to see it when a filmed version hits movie theaters this month and next.
Lloyd Webber hopes the movie — available at hundreds of cinemas across the U.S. on February 28th and March 7th — will spark new interest, maybe from Broadway. A new life for Love Never Dies would be a vindication for Lloyd Webber, who considers it to be his best score but was distracted by battling cancer when it opened in London in 2010.
The synopsis of Love Never Dies, starring Ben Lewis as The Phantom and Anna O’Byrne as Christine, is as follows:
The year is 1907. It is ten years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House, and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York, where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love – Christine Daaé.
Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine is struggling in an ailing marriage to Raoul. So it is with excitement she accepts an invitation to travel to New York and perform at a renowned opera house. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband, and their young son, Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them.
For more visit the official Love Never Dies website.
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