The sequel project (See The Goss, 23 Mar 2007) - which Lloyd Webber originally started working on almost a decade ago, in collaboration with author Frederick Forsyth - was dropped back in 1999, after which Forsyth released the tale as a novel, The Phantom in Manhattan. Set in New York in the early 1900s, the story sees the Phantom flee to the Big Apple, where he builds the Manhattan Opera House and persuades his old flame Christine, now a huge star, to sing for him once more. Lloyd Webber is now working with his Woman in White lyricist David Zippel on the follow-up to his iconic musical, The Phantom of the Opera, which celebrates its 21st birthday at the West End’s Her Majesty's Theatre this October.
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