The subject of 70 pages (and counting) of discussion on the Whatsonstage.com forum, as well as countless column inches in newspapers and the blogosphere, the show - a continuation of the Phantom of the Opera story - has proved one of Lloyd Webber's most hotly debated musicals yet. And that's before the critics have even had a look (it began previews last week - 22 February).
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 and Sierra Boggess star as the Phantom and Christine, with Summer Strallen as Meg Giry, Liz Robertson as Madame Giry and Joseph Millson as Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny (See News, 9 Nov 2009). The cast also features Niamh Perry, Adam Pearce and Jami Reid-Quarrell.
Love Never Dies, which has a score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater, is directed by Jack O'Brien and designed by Bob Crowley, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell and lighting by Paule Constable.Be sure to log on to Whatsonstage.com on Wednesday 10 March for 1st night photos, video, review round-up and reaction.