Thursday, October 8, 2009

CONFIRMED: 'The Phantom of the Opera' Coney Island?

As we addressed in an earlier post (here) Andrew Lloyd Webber was working on a sequel to the smash hit 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Today he revealed it to a live audience in the U.K., and let me tell you... I don't know if I should take it serious or laugh. In our previous report we mentioned that he was looking to move the story from Paris to Coney Island. (Stop laughing, I'm serious.) The Phantom was now designing rides there (stop it..) and tricks Christine in to coming to Coney Island to perform. Yes, this all sounds like an SNL sketch but it's not. Here is what the official release says:

Ten years after the mysterious disappearance of The Phantom from the Paris Opera House, Christine DaaĆ© accepts an offer to come to America and perform at New York’s fabulous new playground of the world – Coney Island.

Christine arrives in New York with her husband Raoul and their son Gustave.
She soon discovers the identity of the anonymous impresario who has
lured her from France to sing.

According to, Lloyd Webber said of the ending of the original show that:

..he wanted to produce a sequel because the original's ending, which sees Christine leave the brooding Phantom for his rival, Raoul, was unsatisfactory.

"Christine goes off with this boring guy, the Phantom disappears," Lloyd Webber said.

An unsatisfactory ending? He's British! Has he never read, or watched Shakespeare? What the hell, man! That's what made the ending work. You feel sorry for the Phantom and yet you're excited that he wasn't caught. But who knew that all that time he was teaching Christine how to sing, or killing people with his lasso; he was always thinking, "This place could really use a ferris wheel."

You can hear an excerpt from the score and one of the songs by watching the press launch video here. The score reminds me of his haunting theme to 'Sunset Blvd'. I still just don't know what to say about this. Watching that video and listening to song, I wondered if I was supposed to laugh. Maybe he's just kidding. Right? This show will have to be brilliant in order for it work. And when I say brilliant, I mean he better hope that 'The Lion King' and 'West Side Story' got it on in an alley on 42nd Street and this baby is it's love child. Because if it doesn't work, Sir Lloyd Webber will be endlessly mocked and he'll have taken a show that is loved by millions and dropped a chandelier on it.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow...just watched the video and not too sure how I feel about it. The original is so wonderfully amazing that this could possibly ruin it for me. Guess I'll have to watch to find out!