Will Lloyd Webber bring Love Never Dies back to London?
Date: 18 March 2013
Phantom of the Opera sequel Love Never Dies could be returning to London soon, according to Andrew Lloyd Webber.
During the recording of an ITV special celebrating his 40-year career last night (17 March 2013), the composer revealed he is hoping to bring the show back either "later this year or early next".
Speaking about how the show hadn't taken off when it originally opened in London, he said that the new incarnation would be based on the Australian production, a reworked version that opened in May 2011 - which he jokingly said had worked because of "little involvement from me".
Love Never Dies - which is set on Coney Island ten years after the original story - premiered at the Adelphi Theatre in March 2010 with a cast led by Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. After mixed reviews, the musical ended its run in August 2011, since when a UK tour has also been rumoured.
Lloyd Webber also said last night that his newest musical, based on the Profumo affair, is now ready to be produced. He told how it will be unlike any of his previous shows, but promised there would still be some of his trademark ballads.
Audiences of the TV special, being shown on ITV on Easter Sunday, will be treated to a sneak preview of a song from the show.Got some goss? Contact email@example.com
|Please bring back LND with Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Bogges! I'm dying tl see those two with the Australian version. I'm from the caribbean but will fly to london to see it!!!' - Ericka||11 Apr 13|
|I loathed LOVE NEVER DIES - when will ALW learn to get people like HAL PRINCE et al on board - this is why his shows fail.
LND was BORING - the phantom lacked all appeal - too short and no mystery.
I hope that he is allowing the AUSTRALIAN version to come to the UK this time, as THIS apparently was a success and full of excitement and mystery.
Again, for his Profumo Affair, let us hope that he finds GOOD and EXCITING staff to bring it to fruition.
- execelsior||21 Mar 13|
|PLEASE, GOD, NO!
What could humanity possibly have done to deserve this punishment? - S.B.||20 Mar 13|
|Well, more bad money thrown after good. - jonjohnoc||20 Mar 13|
|I loved LND, but only when Celia Graham played Christine. Sierra Borgess has a lovely voice, but can't act for toffee - Mary Rose Graham||20 Mar 13|
|Excellent news, but only with Ramin and Sierra please. This is my all-time favourite musical and I saw it four times in London. Please, please, please team Rierra!!! - Mandi||20 Mar 13|
|I felt sorry for Lloyd Webber with LND. The design was such a ridiculous mish mash of styles, direction was lacklustre and clearly no one was brave enough to tell him when things weren't working. Hopefully any new production will have a more focussed mind at the helm (and I don't mean a Bill Kenwright cheapo version!) - Rob London||20 Mar 13|
|Shows get taken off for one reason only - they are failing to make money! - Eoghan||19 Mar 13|
|No thanks! It's a poor recycled score and an absolutely terrible storyline. - Mike||18 Mar 13|
|Hope could get the australian cast with the production , I can wait to see it in London!! - Ana||18 Mar 13|
|NOT the Australian version please, The Beauty Underneath was so lame! I loved the West End one and went 4 times. - Maggie||18 Mar 13|
|Brilliant News and hope it comes back as personally I thought it was excellent and so surprised it came off---i thought it would last for years and I saw it 3 times and on on of these times i took my 12 year old grand-daughter and she loved it. I then took her to see Phantom but she preferred Love Never Dies!!!. I can never understand why a show like this and specially GHOST which is again is so good get taken off and we get the likes of Viva Forever and Loserville rubbish and also ones like The Woman in Black and Mousetrap (so dated now) that go on forever????beats me for sure - Joe Spiteri||18 Mar 13|
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