Australian Love Never Dies to Be Filmed Sept. 15; Booking Extended Through October

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12 Aug 2011

Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne
Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne

The Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, the sequel to the international hit The Phantom of the Opera, will be captured on film Sept. 15 at 8 PM for a future worldwide DVD release.

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.

The London production briefly shut down last fall to incorporate structural changes to the book and score, and the fresh Australian production, with Priscilla Queen of the Desert director Simon Phillips at the helm of an all-new creative team, was better received by critics.



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.