Love Never Dies Tickets
Composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, Love Never Dies is a romantic musical based on a book by Ben Elton, Frederick Forsyth, Glenn Slater and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is a sequel to the famous musical, The Phantom of the Opera by Frederick Forsyth and has seen many productions over the years. The musical is set in the year 1907, which according to Webber, is approximately ten years after the end of the Phantom of the Opera. The timeless classic romance in this musical truly makes it a show not to be missed. Therefore it comes as no surprise that Love Never Dies tickets sell out faster than one can imagine.
About Love Never Dies
Webber first started developing plans for a sequel to his Phantom of the Opera in 1990. It was around this time that the famous composer decided that the sequel would be set in New York City, at the turn of the 20th century. Soon he began collaborating with the author Frederick Forsyth for the project. But as the development phase for the project progressed, Webber decided to table the idea for a while – only to return to it in 2006. Eventually it was in the start of 2007 that Webber approached Ben Elton to help develop the storyline of the sequel.
The sequel was initially planned to be called Phantom: Once Upon Another Time, but later it was announced that it would be referred to as Love Never Dies. The show opened at the London’s Adelphi Theater, followed by Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theater.
The Productions of Love Never Dies
The West End Production: Over the years, there have been many productions of Love Never Dies. The show officially opened on 9th March, 2010 with direction by Jack O’Brien and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, along with set designs by Bob Crowley. The cast had Ramin Karimloo as the lead character, Phantom, and Sierra Boggess as Christine.
After a disappointing initial response from fans and critics, the London production was ended after just 18 months of play. The Broadway production was also delayed to Spring 2011.
Australia: Webber announced in 2010 that the official Australian production for the musical would open on 21st May, 2011 at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne. Under the direction of Simon Phillips and Ben Lewis and Anna O’Byrne as the lead cast members, the Melbourne production did quite well. The production was closed on 18th December, 2011 and moved to Sydney’s Capitol Theater, where it opened on 12 January, 2012.
Copenhagen: The Copenhagen production opened on 24th October, 2012 and featured new production designs by Paul Farnsworth and choreography from Hayley Franks Hoier. This production was closed in April 2013.
Vienna: The Vienna production was a concert rendition that was translated completely into German. It opened at the Raimund Theater in October 2013 and had Drew Sarich in the role of the Phantom.
Japan: The musical travelled to Japan and opened there in March 2014 at the Nissay Theater in Tokyo.
Germany: The German production of Love Never Dies was based on the original Australian version and opened from the Fall of 2015.
US National Tour: The US National Tour for Love Never Dies is scheduled for the 2017-2018 season, with performances expected to start from 3rd October, 2017, in Maryland. Love Never Dies tickers are now available here.
Reviews for Love Never Dies
After the musical opened in London in 2010, it was received with mixed reviews from the critics. Ben Bentley of The New York Times, gave the musical zero stars and called it “a big, gaudy new show”. On the other hand, there were positive reviews, like that from Charles Spencer of The Telegraph, who called it Webber’s “finest show since the original Phantom”. With the passage of time, and a few changes to the show itself, the overall reviews for Love Never Dies began to improve.
Regarding the Australian production, Mark Shenton from the Daily Express commented, "Now under the new leadership of director Simon Phillips, and with a fresh creative team, there is a new vision to the show in Australia and here, at last, is the masterpiece that was always crying to be let out...The new production has a spectacular Gothic theatricality that heightens, deepens and darkens those emotions." Other positive reviews included those from Jason Blake of the Sydney Morning Herald, Kate Herbert from the Herald Sun and William Yeoman from The West Australian.