In an incident with echoes from the plot of The Phantom of the Opera, there was high drama this weekend during the final dress rehearsal for Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hugely anticipated sequel to the Phantom blockbuster. After coming down with a fever, Sierra Boggess, who stars as Christine, was forced to withdraw from the private performance on Saturday 20 February 2010, which was originally due to be the production’s first public preview (See News, 15 Feb 2010).
Boggess’ understudy Celia Graham stepped in at short notice and, despite not yet having a costume (she performed in a white underskirt), she so impressed that Lloyd Webber, the show’s director Jack O'Brien and other members of the creative team and crew watching gave her a standing ovation, according to the Daily Mail. Nevertheless, Boggess is expected to be back on stage for the first public performance tonight (22 February 2010) at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre, ahead of the new musical’s official opening on 9 March.
Love Never Dies is set in 1907, ten years after the conclusion of the original story. The Phantom has escaped to New York with Madame and Meg Giry and found success in the fairgrounds of Coney Island as a magician and entertainer. When he builds a new opera house, he persuades his old ingenue Christine Daae, now a huge star and married to her old flame Raoul, to sing for him once more. Ramin Karimloo stars as the Phantom.
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Saw a preview of Love Never Dies - packed out and the audience really enjoyed it. Ramin and Sierra were tremendous but Summer Strallen's voice was underpowered for some reason. Beautifully staged and very well performed. Credit to the young boy playing Christine and Raoul's son who sang perfectly. Don't believe the poo-poo-ers - go and see it for yourself! - Louise
08 Mar 10
that is not really fair - it has certain similarities to "can you find it in your heart" but it certainly not a song recycled. Not this one anyway! Every composer of this magnitude writes songs that sound like other songs...sondheim, tchaikowsky, rogers, sullivan...nothing new there then. It's great to have new musical with (exceptional) original scores in the west end so thank you ALW! - tongue-tied
02 Mar 10
Oh, the horror, the horror! This is the same AUDIO but with different images and the same recycled song from The Woman in White! "If Not For Me, For Her", Remember? - CARLOTTA ROJAS
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