It was over 25 years ago when “The Phantom of the Opera” opened in London’s West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Now, the long awaited sequel “Love Never Dies” has made its debut; but will it ever make it to Broadway?
Just like its predecessor, the show opened in London; unfortunately though, audiences were not nearly as receptive, and neither were the critics, who started calling the show “Paint Never Dries.” After the show made its final bow, producers and directors knew that change was needed before the show moved onto Melbourne, Australia, and so changes they made. The show opened in Melbourne, was much better received, and has now gone onto Sydney to capture audiences there. But still, will it ever make it to Broadway?
That’s what Andrew Lloyd Webber is in New York trying to find out at this very moment. Webber has fully admitted that the show wasn’t working in London, but also said, “I don’t want to second-guess it right now, but I think there’s a strong probability that we do have a chance. The fact that it has been got right, that the Australians have got it right, could make all the difference.
In the sequel, heroine Christine Daae is back and the Phantom is running a carnivalesque show to which he invites Christine to sing. It takes place ten years after the conclusion of “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Would you like to see “Love Never Dies” on Broadway?