The Love Never Dies experience for a Phantom of the Opera fan (Part 2 of 2: Story and characters)

August 20, 2012 at 12:59 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , )

Warning: Here there be spoilers, strong language, and assumption of familiarity with the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Phantom of the Opera. CONTINUED FROM PART 1.

And now that I am well into the territory of comparing Phantom and Love, I’d like to talk about the characters and story.

Critics previously panned the Love Never Dies libretto, so much that a lot of the story was re-worked between its premiere in London and its staging in Melbourne (which went on to become the DVD). The Australian version features significant changes including new direction, staging, costumes, a new prologue, and a few additional bits of dialogue. Even then, it’s difficult to shake the feeling that the whole body of the story rings hollow.

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The Love Never Dies experience for a Phantom of the Opera fan (Part 1 of 2: Lyrics and stuff)

August 18, 2012 at 12:47 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , , )

Warning: Here there be spoilers, strong language, and assumption of familiarity with the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Phantom of the Opera.

Anyone with even the slightest interest in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera must have heard of its sequel, Love Never Dies, and the fandom clusterfuck that came upon its premiere back in 2010.

Certain fans questioned why the musical, which has been running since 1986, and has since spawned generations of people unhealthily obsessed with the titular character, even needed a sequel – especially when that sequel involves said character moving to Coney Island and finding he’s fathered a child with the woman the previous musical established he’d never end up with (not because he’s ugly, mind, but because he’s crazy).

I give that description with a goodly amount of affection, as I happen to be one of those people unhealthily obsessed with the titular character. It would have been easy to jump on the sequel hate bandwagon – more so when I found out Love Never Dies would be taking cues from the 1999 novel Phantom of Manhattan, which I really didn’t like. But I decided to withhold judgement until I actually saw it. Besides, it had this awesome poster:

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