Posts Tagged 'Phantom of the Opera'

Love Never Dies, But It Can Get Old

I managed to catch the new Andrew LLoyd Webber musical, “Love Never Dies,” during a whirlwind trip to London.

My day flight was cancelled because of the recent strike, so I ended up on a red-eye. But a night without sleep prepared me well for the “Phantom of the Opera” follow-up. The musical evoked a nightmarish world, where people come to Coney Island with alarmingly dark ambitions.

I thought it would depict the Brooklyn amusement park as a fun, fantastical place. But anyone who hadn’t been to Coney Island would have left the show thinking that only those who want to end their marriage — or their life — should book a trip there.

As a big fan of “Phantom of the Opera,” I had hoped to get a fresh dose of songs like “The Music of the Night” and “Think of Me” — even the Phantom’s spooky theme tune.

But “Love Never Dies” has a whole new slew of new songs. While I applaud Lord Lloyd Webber for writing a fresh batch of music, rather than resting on his lofty Phantom laurels, I wanted a bit of a re-hash. Even the Phantom’s theme song sounded different.

I can’t be the only one who is thinking fondly on the original. It’s been more than 20 years since “Phantom of the Opera” opened, so it must have a lot of fans.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows never die

It’s about time: Britain’s most famous composer is launching a sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Love Never Dies will open in March on London’s West End, more than 20 years after the debut of the original (which is still playing, of course, in London and New York).

Lord Lloyd Webber has great expectations to fulfill: if it closes after less than a decade, Love Never Dies will be seen as a disappointment. A twenty-three year run (and counting!) is tough to top. But I’m rooting for it, if only so that we have a hope of seeing a sequel to Cats before the end of the decade.