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Andrew Lloyd Webber actually wrote a sequel to Phantom of the Opera? I can only assume that since it played ONLY in Australia - it wasn't exactly his best work, but they also made it into a ... movie. *thud* Play and movie are called, ahem, "Love Never Dies". Dear me.



Apparently, The Phantom and Christine did more than sing in his lair - and after he disappears at the end of the original (I was fortunate enough to see Michael Crawford TWICE in the role *sighs happily* and LOVED the movie with Gerard - who while totally different, was AWESOME), he apparently managed to get to New York - and - of all place, Coney Island. But he soon finds he can't survive without his beloved Christine, so through methods I can't even imagine, he somehow gets her to come to New York with her family. *scratches head* Once there, we find out Raul is a drunkard (huh?) and of course, because Christine's young son loves music, our dear Phantom puts 2+4 together and comes up with, "He's my son!" It also apparently ends - horribly. Meaning Christine dies when someone gets hold of a gun. Not sure if she's supposed to be the victim, or if she jumps in front of someone to save them...or they simply can't aim...all of which gives new meaning to the end of the movie (Raul going to her grave and we see she died fairly young - her 60's? - an there's the rose with the ring. But I suspect Andrew played a bit loose with the facts based on when she supposedly died via the end of the original movie, versus what happens in the sequel. But he obviously played fast and loose with the sequel anyway.



I'll skip it and just wait for the original to come on tv again....

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mizz_destiny From: mizz_destiny Date: September 5th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
It played in London's West End too. I haven't seen it, but the music is terrible.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: September 5th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

It DID?

wow, the review didn't mention that. Now I wonder if it came here? How long did it last in the West End?
chelletoo From: chelletoo Date: September 5th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
They filmed the Australian version of the play. It wasn't great, but not terrible either. The music is actually pretty good except for one song called Bathing Beauty sung by Meg. The worst part was the character assassination of Meg & Mde Giry.
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: September 5th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
PBS aired a recorded performance of Love Never Dies some time in the last few months on Masterpiece. I saw a bit of it, but the recording was sacrificed on the dvr for something else.

This was after earlier in the Spring when Masterpiece showed Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall where Christine & Phantom were played by the actors who originated the roles in the original production of LND. I liked both of their voices quite a bit, they were very good (I got teary-eyed) such that I caught it on re-run a couple of times. The curtain calls had Sarah Brightman and many of the actors famous for playing the Phantom on stage.

They would have run the Phantom on Masterpiece around March 5th because watching it inspired me to write one of my JD Phone Tag ficlets.
phantmchic From: phantmchic Date: September 5th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
The timeline with the original show doesn't work at all. It's like Webber forgot that he wrote in an explicit 6 month time lapse between the first and second acts. Because sex between Christine & Eric in the Phantom of the Opera/Music of the Night sequence would have been possible (when he was whisking her off at night for tutoring/seduction and she would disappear for days at a time), but Christine is clearly not 6 months (or more) pregnant in Masquerade or later (she's in a tiny corset thing for Don Juan Triumphant, for fuck's sake). And the only times Christine is with Eric in Act 2 are (1) in the graveyard (Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again) -- where Raoul interrupts them when they are still several meters apart on stage; (2) onstage in Don Juan for Past The Point Of No Return; and (3) in the lair after he abducts her where she is disgusted with him and he's threatening Raoul.

It's like Webber didn't actually go back and read/watch/listen to his original (and it's been on Broadway for more than 25 years, he could easily go see it) before he formulated the storyline for Love Never Dies. And, yes, there is horrible character assassination of several characters from the original. It's like bad fanfic by someone who isn't 100% clear on their source canon.
etakyma From: etakyma Date: September 5th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, I knew that.

Totally forgettable music (when it isn't downright awful). Dreadful "plot." You know those bad fanfic trope memes? Not even as fun as that. Seriously. Bad bad bad.
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