Andrew Lloyd Webber Wants to Bring Reworked Love Never Dies Back to London
The creator of the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera eyes a London return.
During the recording of a U.K. television special celebrating his 40-year career, Tony Award winner Andrew Lloyd Webber announced that he hopes to bring back Love Never Dies "later this year or early next."
The new production would be based on the Australian production, which premiered in May 2011. This version is "reworked" from the original, according to Whatsonstage. He jokingly said that this mounting worked because of "little involvement from me." The Australian production was filmed and screened in American movie theaters. It is available on DVD.
Love Never Dies is the sequel to Lloyd Webber's megahit The Phantom of the Opera, set ten years after the original. The Phantom takes over a Coney Island amusement park named Phantasma, and anonymously invites Christine Daaé to come sing. Christine is now married to Raoul and they have a child. The sequel also includes characters from the original such as Madame and Meg Giry, who now work at Phantasma. The West End production of Love Never Dies starred Lloyd Webber favorites Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess.
Neither the West End production nor the Melbourne production ran for longer than a year. Love Never Dies was also originally aiming for a Broadway run in 2011, but plans were delayed. Love Never Dies has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater with additional lyrics by Charles Hart, and book by Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton, with additional material by Slater and Frederick Forsyth.