Sunday, February 21

Sierra Boggess pulls out of dress rehearsal for Lloyd Webber's “Love Never Dies”

The leading lady of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies could not perform at the final dress rehearsal on Saturday after she fell ill with flu.

American actress Sierra Boggess plays Christine in Love Never Dies and previews are due to start at the Adelphi Theatre on Monday 22nd February. The £8million show is the sequel to the Phantom of the Opera with the masked mystery man now living in Coney Island in New York where he now runs a funfair.

The understudy Celia Graham (pictures) stepped into Miss Boggess's shoes for the performance and according to Andrew Lloyd Webber gave a stunning performance.  This is quite remarkable because before a show opens the understudy is usually not completely au fait with the role, but Miss Graham was:  even though her costumes were not ready and she had to perform in a white underskirt!

She earned a standing ovation from Lloyd Webber, director Jack O'Brien and  the show's crew. Ramin Karimloo, who plays the Phantom, handed her a bouquet of white roses.

Lloyd Webber said he hoped that Sierra Boggess would be well enough to perform on Monday.

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