Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the sequel to his record-breaking The Phantom of the Opera, makes its North American premiere October 25 in Detroit, Michigan. The official opening of the national tour follows technical rehearsals and performances in Utica (September 22-24 at the Stanley Theatre) and a special preview engagement in Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre (October 3-8).
To celebrate the occasion, Lloyd Webber and lyricist-librettist Glenn Slater will join the company for the curtain call at the Fisher Theater following the opening-night performance.
The company is headed by Gardar Thor Cortes as The Phantom; Cortes starred in the musical in Hamburg, Germany. He is joined by Meghan Picerno as Christine Daaé, Karen Mason as Madame Giry, Sean Thompson as Raoul, Mary Michael Patterson as Meg Giry, and Casey Lyons and Jake Miller sharing the role of Gustave. The trio of Phantom’s henchmen include Katrina Kemp as Fleck, Richard Koons as Squelch, and Stephen Petrovich as Gangle.
The ensemble features Chelsey Arce, Erin Chupinsky, Diana DiMarzio, Tyler Donahue, Yesy Garcia, Alyssa Giannetti, Michael Gillis, Tamar Greene, Natalia Lepore Hagan, Lauren Lukacek, Alyssa McAnany, Rachel Ann Moore, Bronson Norris Murphy, Dave Schoonover, Adam Soniak, Kelly Swint, Lucas John Thompson, Correy West, Arthur Wise, and Borris York.
The new touring production reflects a reworking of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian premiere in 2011.
Directed by Simon Phillips with new set and costume designs by Gabriela Tylesova, the production also features choreography by 2011 Astaire Award winner Graeme Murphy, lighting design by Nick Schlieper, and sound design by Mick Potter.
Love Never Dies is set in 1907—10 years after The Phantom's disappearance from the Paris Opera House. The lair dweller has found a new life in Coney Island. Though he has found a new home for his music among the attraction and freak shows, he still yearns for his musical protégée Christine.
For more information, visit LoveNeverDies.com.
(Updated October 25, 2017)