Wednesday, April 7

Love Never Dies Postpones Broadway Opening to Spring 2011

The Broadway debut of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies which opened at the Adelphi Theatre  in London March 9th has been postponed. Its Broadway premiere was originally scheduled for November 2010, but it will now open at the Neil Simon Theatre in the Spring 2011.

A statement from the show's producers says that the original date was set prior to Lord Lloyd Webber's diagnosis with prostate cancer last autumn. "Although the cancer has been eradicated, there have been post-operative problems. These have been aggravated by recent air travel and Lloyd Webber's doctors have requested that he does not take any further long-haul flights for the time being and until the problem has been investigated. This prevents him attending auditions and being part of the pre-production process in New York on the original schedule. Therefore, the decision has been made to move The Wizard of Oz forward in London and to schedule the Broadway premiere of Love Never Dies for 2011 thus allowing Andrew the freedom to travel to New York and oversee the audition and rehearsal process later in the year."

The Spring 2011 date also takes into account the schedules of director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

Lloyd Webber said in a statement, "I am extremely frustrated that I cannot travel to New York for the time being. I will be focusing my time on producing The Wizard of Oz in London now, and plan to be available for the creative process of bringing Love Never Dies to Broadway as soon as possible. I’m grateful that Jack and Jerry’s schedules can allow me to do this juggling act."

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