By Adam Hetrick
12 Aug 2011
The Australian company made the announcement via their official Facebook page. Tickets are still available for the performance. Dates of the DVD release have not been announced.
The Melbourne engagement, which began performances May 21 at the Regent Theatre, has now extended its run through Oct. 23.
The dark, lushly scored musical, which picks up in Coney Island ten years after the Phantom vanishes from his lair beneath the Paris Opéra, faced an uphill battle with critics when it premiered at the Adelphi Theatre in London in winter 2010. Love Never Dies was originally slated to debut on Broadway last November at the Neil Simon Theatre, but has been indefinitely postponed.
Lloyd Webber is also said to be pleased with the Australian staging. The Melbourne production stars Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne as the Phantom and Christine, respectively.
Love Never Dies has a score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tony nominee Glenn Slater (Sister Act, The Little Mermaid). 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.
The original London production was directed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien and has choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. It will end its run Aug. 27. The original London cast featured Ramin Karimloo as Mr. Y (The Phantom) and Sierra Boggess as Christine.