After originally opening March 9 at the West End's Adelphi Theatre to mixed reviews that ran the gamut from pans to raves, it was subsequently shuttered for a few days in November, to implement changes to Jack O'Brien's original staging. According to a statement at the time, "Some changes were written up over the summer and destined for the Australian production and as they make improvements to the show we'd be mad not to put them into the Adelphi (production in London)."
There has been no announcement or changes of billing for who has implemented the changes, which include the repositioning of The Phantom's big love ballad, "Till I Hear You Sing," to the start of the show, and a substantially revised ending, but it is believed that producer and director Bill Kenwright, who is also working with Lloyd Webber on bringing The Wizard of Oz to the London Palladium, has played a big part.
Sunset Boulevard, Lloyd Webber's last original musical to play at the Adelphi Theatre, was also similarly overhauled during the course of its West End run and invited the critics back to see it again.
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