After so many of you logged on to watch Phantom of the Opera with us last weekend we thought we’d arrange another “Watch Together” event for this weekend. This time we are thrilled to be able to bring you Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 2010 sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies.
Once again the show is being presented via Webber’s Youtube Channel, The Shows Must Go On, which has been created to bring musical lovers a taste of the West End while theatres around the world remain closed due to the Coronavirus.
The show will begin at 7pm (UK) on Friday 24th April, and will be available to view for 48 hours. Why not make a date with a friend to watch the show at the same time, then you can chat about it afterwards or share your opinions with the Greysnet community via the comments section below.
About the Show
Love Never Dies is a romantic musical, and sequel to the hugely popular The Phantom of the Opera, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Slater, Lloyd Webber, Ben Elton and Frederick Forsyth.
The show is loosely based on the novel The Phantom of Manhattan by author Frederick Forsyth who is best known for political thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File.
Although Lloyd Webber began working on Love Never Dies in 1990, it wasn’t until 2007 that he began writing the music. The show finally opened in the West End on 9th March 2010.
The story picks up 10 years after the events of The Phantom of the Opera, in 1907 when the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives on Coney Island. He pines for lost love Christine whose marriage to Raoul hasn’t turned out as she had hoped. When Christine accepts an invitation to perform at a renowned opera house in New York, the Phantom once more lures into his dark world.
The show was poorly received when it opened in the West End, and despite multiple attempts to overhaul the struggling production, it could not be saved and it closed after just 18 months. As a result of the poor reviews in London the planned Broadway production never went ahead. It’s understandable that any show might struggle to flourish in the shadow of one of the most successful musicals of all time. You can judge for yourself this Friday 24th April.
Last weekend’s online broadcast of The Phantom of the Opera proved a huge hit with audiences, with over 11 million people watching from home.