Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the companion piece to The Phantom of the Opera, will be opening in London at the Adelphi Theatre on Tuesday 9 March 2010 followed by New York on Thursday 11 November and in Australia in 2011. The musical takes place 10 years after the Phantom has left his lair in the Paris Opera House to haunt the fairgrounds of Coney Island, far across the Atlantic. Last week, the Love Never Dies website released a video of the single “Till I Hear You Sing”. The song is a love ballad sung by Ramin Karminloo, who plays the Phantom. Sierra Boggess, who plays Christine, is featured in the video but does not sing.
In a previous post, I mentioned that I have mixed feelings about this musical. Phantom has been close to my heart for 22 years, so it’s hard for me to imagine a sequel (take that, Andrew Lloyd Webber!) which can measure up to the original. It seems that this is about making a profit from those of us who devour anything Phantom-related.
“Till I Hear You Sing” is a nice, typical Lloyd Webber song. I can’t say that it has brought me any closer to deciding if I want to see this follow-up musical. But what I can say is that Karminloo has one heck of a voice. And it sure would’ve been nice to hear Boggess sing, rather than just seeing her pose in the video. Check it out below, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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