Phantom of the Opera Sequel: Love Never Dies Reviews
Love Never Dies, the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Weber's smash hit, The Phantom of the Opera has premiered in London to mixed reviews. The Phantom sequel is set in New York 10 years after the ending of the original Phantom of the Opera.
"A hit? Not quite. It is too much an also-ran to the prequel, and its opening is too stodgy," wrote the Daily Mail's reviewer, adding that the show "lacks human connection."
The Guardian awarded the show three out of five stars, saying: "What the show lacks, in a nutshell, is a narrative tension," while praising the costumes as 'a glorious pastiche of burlesque tackiness.'
However, the audience that attended the premiere of Love Never Dies at London's Adelphi Theater seemed to love it as the star studded audience including Michael Caine and Emily Paige gave it a standing ovation.
The original Phantom of the Opera was seen by about 100 million people globally since it first debuted in 1986. The Phantom has had virtually continuous runs on Broadway in New York and in London's Theater District. The sequel Love Never Dies is clearly hoping to cash in on the popularity of the original Phantom of the Opera
It finds the Phantom (Ramin Karimloo) relocated to Brooklyn's Coney Island, where he is now the impresario of an amusement park called Phantasma that he runs under the name Mr Y. You can only ask ''Why?'' as he laments aloud early on that he has spent ''ten long years living a mere façade of life/ten long years wasting my time on smoke and noise.'' It's tempting to apply the same verdict to Lloyd Webber's own long years spent trying to bring this frequently clunky and clumsy sequel to the stage.