Sunday, January 02, 2011

2011, Day #1

It may have been the 1st January, but how times have changed.

Almost everything is open. For business. Public transport, shops. Tourists. Aaargh! 1st January was tourist hell.

We headed to the Adelphi on the Strand to see Love Never Dies. The sequel to Phantom of the Opera.

The tube was packed. All these tourists for the London New Years Day parade. I actually hadn't heard of it before. It was on the news because all the American High School marching bands/glee club/cheerleader groups were stranded on the east coast of America, due to adverse conditions, unlikely to make it.

Apparently the London NY day parade is huge in America. The route this year remained changed. To please the American viewing public. Millions watch it on TV in the US, yet it isn't even televised here.

I think that tells you its purpose!

So, Love Never Dies. Our first theatre of 2011. A rather unsatisfactory sequel to the almost perfect Phantom.

The world’s greatest love story continues…

From the Gothic surrounds of the Paris Opera House to the dazzling heights of New York’s Coney Island – the Phantom returns. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacular new musical reunites the masked Phantom with his only true love and musical protégée, the stunning beauty Christine Daaé. Love Never Dies is a roller-coaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance – where little is as it first appears.

With Madame Giry’s help the Phantom escaped the Paris mobs to build a glittering new empire in the new world. For ten long years the Phantom has hidden himself amongst the freaks and sideshows nursing his broken heart and yearning for his true love to return. And now…

Blinded by money and the bright lights of Coney – Christine, with Raoul and their son Gustave, is lured to America to perform one final time. But Christine soon discovers the true identity of the mysterious impresario who has tempted her across the Atlantic. As old wounds are reopened and forgotten memories unlocked – The Phantom sets out to prove that, indeed, Love Never Dies.

Hmm. Extremely unsatisfactory, even after the surgery the show has had to try and make it work better. There are great costumes, music, songs, scenery, performances. But it tries too hard to replicate a winner, and isn't.


Stephen Chapman... said...

Happy new year!

A reminder...

loveshoulddie said...

We couldn't agree with you more!

Love Never Dies - the Phantom of the Opera sequel - is a musical that should never have been given the green light. Webber and his creative team DESTROY the characters from the original story written by Gaston Leroux.

Raoul becomes a gambling alcoholic wife abuser, Christine cheats on Raoul with Phantom and bears the Phantom’s child, the Phantom moves from the magnificent Paris Opera House to New York’s Coney Island theme park to become a composer of vaudeville trash and part-time bar man while fathering his child with Christine, and Meg becomes a topless dancer who murders Christine in the end.

Phantom Needs NO Sequel! Love Should Die!

MadeInScotland said...

I just don't understand why Christine would have sought out the man whose face no longer holds horror for her as she realises it's in the Phantom's heart where the true distortion lies...


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