For some time now word has been out that Andrew Lloyd Webber was working on a sequel to his hit show 'The Phantom of the Opera'. 'Phantom' is one of the biggest musical hits of all time and has been seen around the world by millions of people. And with that it has a rabid following of fanatics. Many of them, myself included, wondered what the hell Webber is thinking by writing a sequel to one of the most well known shows of all time. The show has a touching and tragic ending, and one that doesn't lend itself to a continuing story...you would think.
Then I received this in my email today:
So it looks like this is really happening. The official name of the sequel is 'Love Never Dies'. That sounds like fun. But what on earth could he possibly do to extend the story? It looks like he is using the plot to the 1999 book 'The Phantom of Manhattan'. (Oh, it gets better.) In the book the Phantom has escaped to America and is designing attractions for Coney Island and joins with Oscar Hammerstein to design a new opera house to rival the Metropolitan Opera House. (Yup) The author of this book was brought on to help work on the show with Webber and then was let go. So it seemed promising that the show might go in a different direction. You thought wrong! Take the jump here to the official site to see the teaser.
I've been sitting here for a while now trying to figure out what type of witty thing I could write about him doing sequels to his other shows (Jesus Christ Reality Star, Dogs, Sepulveda Blvd.) but I think it kind of takes care of itself.
POPped in the Opera House - Jungle Jesse