Sunday, October 4

Andrew Lloyd Webber launches Love Never Dies sequel to the Phantom of the Opera

Tickets to the Phantom of the Opera sequel Love Never Dies are expected to go on sale this Thursday, 8th October. The show is currently scheduled to start previewing at the Adelphi Theatre on 20th February and open on 9th March. Tickets are being priced from £25 to £67.50, which includes a 75p theatre restoration levy. It will be the first ever West End musical sequel.

Director Jack O'Brien and designer Bob Crowley spent most of August at the Adelphi ensuring that sets involving illusions and special effects were given test runs as Lloyd Webber does not want the complex sets holding up rehearsals and previews.

Love Never Dies continues the story of Christine Daaé who was the beautiful Parisienne soprano in Phantom who becomes the protégée of the mysterious disfigured musical genius known as the Phantom. It is set in 1907 which 10 years after the mysterious disappearance of the Phantom from the Paris Opera House. The story begins with Christine accepting an invitation to perform at Phantasma (a new attraction on Coney Island). When she arrives in New York with Raoul (who she has now married) and their young son Gustave she discovers the identity of the anonymous impresario Mr Y who has lured her away from Paris … no guesses who he is!

Lyrics to the £10 million production of Love Never Dies have been written by Glenn Slater who also wrote the songs for the hit West End show Sister Act.It will feature a life-size automaton of Christine and the leads will be played by the American soprano Sierra Boggess and Iranian Ramin Karimloo (who is pictured above) and currently playing the lead in the London production of The Phantom of the Opera. They also played these roles on the Love Never Dies lush, dramatic and romantic concept album.

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