"Once Upon Another Time": Phantom Sequel Love Never Dies Hits Cinemas Across U.S. Feb. 28
By Adam Hetrick
Audiences across America can travel with the Phantom and Christine to turn-of-the-century Coney Island in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, which is broadcast in cinemas Feb. 28.
Love Never Dies will be screened at 7:30 PM on Feb. 28 and March 7 through NCM Fathom and Omniverse Vision. Tickets can be purchased at FathomEvents.com, which details a full list of participating theatres.
Following a 2010 London premiere, which was not critically embraced, Lloyd Webber enlisted director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and a new Australian creative team to stage a fresh production of the lavish musical, which traces the relationship of the Phantom and soprano Christine from Paris to Coney Island.
The new incarnation of Love Never Dies premiered in spring 2011 in Melbourne to positive notices. The staging was filmed in September 2011 and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. March 12, followed by a U.S. release on May 29. It is currently playing a Sydney engagement through April 1.
The 25th anniversary Royal Albert Hall concert staging of Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera was also presented in cinemas across the globe last October.
Love Never Dies has a score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tony nominee Glenn Slater (Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, Leap of Faith). 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.
Ben Lewis, who appeared in the original Australian casts of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Spamalot, stars as the Phantom, opposite Anna O'Byrne as soprano Christine Daaé. O'Byrne previously played the role in an Australian tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
Here's a look at the trailer for the Australian production of Love Never Dies:
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