Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, the sequel to his international hit The Phantom of the Opera, will make its official North American premiere in Detroit, Michigan, at the Fisher Theater October 17–29, with an official opening night October 25, following a preview engagement in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Hippodrome Theater October 3-8.
Touring dates for Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles were previously announced.
The complete North American touring schedule for the 2017–18 season follows. Casting will be revealed at a later date.
Baltimore, Maryland October 3-8, 2017 Special Preview Engagement
Detroit, Michigan October 17-29 Official Tour Opening October 25
Durham, North Carolina October 31- November 5
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida November 7-19
Orlando, Florida November 21-26
Atlanta, Georgia November 28-December 3
Ft. Myers, Florida December 5-10
Tampa, Florida December 12-17
Providence, Rhode Island December 26-31
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania January 2-7, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio January 9-28
Boston, Massachusetts January 30-February 11
Chicago, Illinois February 14-March 4
San Jose, California March 13-18
Las Vegas, Nevada March 20-25
San Diego, California March 27-Apr 1
Los Angeles, California April 3-22
Costa Mesa, California April 24-May 5
Seattle, Washington May 8-13
Portland, Oregon May 15-20
Hartford, Connecticut May 29-June 3
Buffalo, New York June 5-10
Greenville, South Carolina June 12-17
Nashville, Tennessee June 19-24
Minneapolis, Minnesota June 26-July 1
Houston, Texas July 17-22
Dallas, Texas July 24-August 5
Ft. Worth, Texas August 7-12
Charlotte, North Carolina September 11-16
The new touring production reflects an extensive re-working of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian premiere in 2011. Directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical), the production features new set and costume designs by Gabriela Tylesova, choreography by Graeme Murphy, lighting design by Nick Schlieper, and sound design by Mick Potter.
Love Never Dies has a score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The book is by Lloyd Webber, Ben Elton and Slater. Phantom lyricist Charles Hart is also credited with additional lyrics for the latest incarnation of the sequel.
Love Never Dies is set in 1907. “It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé,” according to press notes. “Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house. Christine's marriage to Raoul is suffering at the hands of his drinking and gambling and they desperately need the financial rewards that America can give them. In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island - not knowing what is in store for them.”
Since its London premiere in 2010, Love Never Dies has played Australia, Denmark, Vienna, Japan, and Germany. A concept album and the London cast recording are available as well as a DVD of the Australian staging.
For more information, visit LoveNeverDies.com.
Check out photos from the Australian production of Love Never Dies below.