Love Never Dies, Sequel to Lloyd Webber's Phantom, Is Delayed

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The opening of Love Never Dies, the long-gestating sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera that was previously scheduled to premiere at the West End's Adelphi Theatre in late October or early November, has been pushed back, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
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"The plan now is for it to open in the spring of next year, which means tickets won't go on sale for a while," according to the London paper.

The originally announced plan, which the composer revealed to The Times of London in December, was to simultaneously rehearse three companies with a view to opening productions in Toronto (ahead of a New York transfer) and Shanghai in quick succession.

According to a previous report in the Daily Mail, now superseded by this new information, rehearsals with three full casts were due to take place in South East London beginning in August for three months. Soon after its Adelphi inaugural, it was planned to open a production at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre and then, around next April, the cast from Toronto would move to Broadway – winding up in all likelihood at the Neil Simon Theatre. Sometime, in the middle of all this, a production of Love Never Dies would also open in Shanghai. Jack O'Brien, who will be assuming directorial duties on all three stagings, was reported saying, "It makes sense, rather than spend time doing this over a course of two or three years." And, by rehearsing all three companies simultaneously, it intended to give them all a sense of "ownership" of the project.

The original London cast will likely be led by Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, who have previously respectively played the title role and Christine in the London and Las Vegas incarnations of The Phantom of the Opera, according to the report.

The creative team also includes lyricist Glenn Slater, choreographer Jerry Mitchell and music supervisor Gareth Valentine. A recent casting notice offered this brief description of Love Never Dies: "In 1907 New York, the mysterious 'Maestro' who runs the theatre at Coney Island announces a one-off concert by legendary Parisian soprano Christine Daaé. Her arrival in New York with husband Raoul, Victome de Chagny and son Gustave, and their subsequent meeting with the 'Maestro,' bring the cataclysmic events of 10 years earlier at the Paris Opera crashing back into all their lives."

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