Andrew Lloyd Webber's Revised Phantom Sequel Headed Back to Europe

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The revised production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, the sequel to his hit musical The Phantom of the Opera, is set to return to Europe this fall with performances to take place at Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg, Germany.

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

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.

Following a 2010 London premiere, which was not critically embraced, Lloyd Webber enlisted director Simon Phillips 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. It premiered in Melbourne in 2011.

The Australian version, which has since toured the U.K. and played Tokyo and Denmark, will be restaged for German audiences.

Scenic-costume designer Gabriela Tylesova gave the production a darker, more brooding approach. The Australian staging also incorporated revisions to the script and score first implemented in London, while the original production was still running.

The Australian production was also filmed and broadcast in cinemas globally. It is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Here's a look at the trailer for the Australian production of Love Never Dies:

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