London Will See Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies First

News   London Will See Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies First Love Never Dies, the long-gestating sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, will open at the West End's Adelphi Theatre in late October or early November, according to a report in London's Daily Mail.
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Tickets are expected to go on sale in late May or early June. The previously-announced plan, which the composer revealed to The Times of London in December, to simultaneously rehearse three companies with a view to opening productions in Toronto (ahead of a New York transfer) and Shanghai in quick succession is also being implemented.

According to the Daily Mail, "Rehearsals with three full casts will take place in South East London from August 17 for three months. Soon after its Adelphi inaugural, it will open at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre and then, around next April, the cast from Toronto will drop down to Broadway – winding up in all likelihood at the Neil Simon Theatre. Sometime, in the middle of all this, a production of Love Never Dies will open in Shanghai."

Jack O'Brien, who will be assuming directorial duties on all three stagings, said, "It makes sense, rather than spend time doing this over a course of two or three years." And, by rehearsing all three companies simultaneously, it is intended to give them all a sense of "ownership" of the project.

The original London cast will likely be led by Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, who have previously played, respectively, the title role and Christine in the London and Las Vegas incarnations of The Phantom of the Opera, according to the report.

The new Lloyd Webber (music)-Glenn Slater (lyrics) musical will also feature choreography by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and music supervision by Gareth Valentine. A recent casting notice offered this brief description of Love Never Dies: "In 1907 New York, the mysterious 'Maestro' who runs the theatre at Coney Island announces a one-off concert by legendary Parisian soprano Christine Daaé. Her arrival in New York with husband Raoul, Victome de Chagny and son Gustave, and their subsequent meeting with the 'Maestro,' bring the cataclysmic events of 10 years earlier at the Paris Opera crashing back into all their lives."