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Bringing Back The Chandelier

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Forget art. This is about making money!

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is working on on a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running musical in Broadway history.

Webber proclaims, “I’ve made a decision today that I will do The Phantom of the Opera sequel. And I have met with a couple people today who have persuaded me to do it, who I will not reveal, but it’s a very exciting day for me. . . It’s going to be very exciting, and I can reveal that it will be set in New York.”

Oh goodie. New Phantom songs for auditioners to massacre!

Bring back Sarah Brightman!

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  1. lindalou says – reply to this


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    1st

  2. n says – reply to this


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    eee

  3. Erica says – reply to this


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    First YAY

  4. interesting.... says – reply to this


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    can't wait to see what happens…

  5. allison says – reply to this


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    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS GREAT !!!!!!!

  6. h says – reply to this


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    i heart webber!!

  7. Emmaloo says – reply to this


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    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. katieisasta says – reply to this


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    2nd hehe

  9. katieisasta says – reply to this


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    goddammit so close!

  10. I says – reply to this


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  11. ujtryutyutu says – reply to this


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    meow

  12. vhjkfui says – reply to this


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    OMG i broke the top 20 yuayayyayayyaya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. nora says – reply to this


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    wow

  14. Bri says – reply to this


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    First to comment!

  15. jo says – reply to this


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    so perez, Villa won't let you in huh… LOL..LOL..LOL.. confirms you are in the same ranks as Greasy BeAR & your twin Gummy Bear.

  16. Christina C. says – reply to this


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    FIRST!?

  17. mya says – reply to this


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    Why would he do that?!

  18. AnneTX says – reply to this


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    Oh. My. God. I am so excited!!

  19. Nikki says – reply to this


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    What a waste. Not a fan of the original, would never see the sequel.

  20. Andy says – reply to this


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    This is worse than Annie 2!!!

  21. Valley says – reply to this


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    my guess is that he is going to do the phantom of manhattan, the book by forsythe. He knows about it since he wrote the forward for the book!

  22. Sarah Q says – reply to this


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    Awe… I just watched a Sarah Brightman PBS special. She oozes talent. Good taste Perez. The sequel is sad though… if he had any real urge to do this, it would've been done years ago. Obviously someone behind him is pushing for it, but for goodness sake Andrew, grow a pair and stand up for your work!

  23. ANDY27 says – reply to this


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  24. Obsessed says – reply to this


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    lol…bad idea..dude must be hard up for cash

  25. Z says – reply to this


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    he said this ages ago!!! Get with the times!!!

  26. LOVE SARAH BRIGHTMAN!! says – reply to this


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    LOOOOOOOOOOVE SARAH BRIGHTMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Beanhead27 says – reply to this


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    Ugh! NO! I do NOT like Sarah Brightman!!

  28. mygollymissholly says – reply to this


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    There are NO WORDS for how excited I am!!!!! This has been my favorite musical since I was 8 years old!

  29. Josh says – reply to this


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    Sarah Brightman is the best !
    Her voice gives me goose bumps because it's so beautiful:)

  30. Allison says – reply to this


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    Is it just me, or does this sound like the worst idea ever? Phantom is just fine the way it is.

  31. maggie says – reply to this


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    :] so excited!

  32. patm72 says – reply to this


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    Old news!!! That was posted in march of 2007. come on perez, you usualy break stories first, not when they are over a year old.

  33. lana says – reply to this


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    i love sarah brightman and michael crawford!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Sean says – reply to this


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    "… a couple people today who have persuaded me to do it" Rumor is that the couple people are Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, Crawford recently being in ALW's latest musical The Woman in White. Brightman has been on a decline, is in an upcoming movie musical "Repo" and could use the boost a Phantom sequel would give her.

    There ages work well with it too in that the sequel does take place quite a bit after the first show with Sarah and Raul married and with a child, with her a opera diva in Manhattan.

  35. mega says – reply to this


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    Sarah Brightman is the QUEEN

  36. Scott says – reply to this


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    Awesome news! I bet money one of the people he's talked to is Emmy Rossum. I remember reading something awhile back where she mentioned she was looking at being in a big Broadway production, but didn't elaborate. I'd pay good money to see her in a Phantom sequel!

  37. Dez says – reply to this


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    Fuck ALW! Why do you have to re-ruin Phantom AGAIN?! LEAVE THE SHOW ALONE!!

  38. Cassi says – reply to this


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    The only way Sarah Brightman is coming back is if ALW writes a hag into this one.

  39. Princess Cut Diamonds says – reply to this


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    Sara Brightman AND Michael Crawford need to come back!

  40. Tori says – reply to this


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    Ugh. I absolutely LOVE Phantom, but the book Phantom of Manhattan was terrible, and if he bases a musical off it, that will be terrible as well.
    Fuck. He should do something based of Susan Kay's Phantom, though it would be extremely difficult. That would be the best thing EVER

  41. CA OBorkson says – reply to this


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    I would only watch it if Sarah returned. She is the backbone of ALW Phantom!!

  42. sil says – reply to this


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    That is one of the most unnecessary things ever. Phantom's great and all, but why waste talent like Weber's on an unneeded sequel for people who suddenly became obsessed with the original AFTER the sucky movie came out?
    And Emmy Rossum? She was a nice Christine in the movie, but her voice wouldn't work well on stage. Then again, anything's better than the obnoxious squeaking sounds that come from Sarah Brightman's mouth.

  43. Tweety says – reply to this


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    Phantom is not meant to have a sequel. Are you kidding me? Poor Mr. Webber must be really hard up for cash. Must be all the alimony payments to his numerous ex-wives.

  44. Michael K says – reply to this


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    I guess no one has any good new ideas anymore. I ask you, is nothing sacred? Do we really need to drag everything out with prequels and sequels?

  45. oh god! says – reply to this


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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I FUCKING HATE THIS PIECE OF SHIT SHOW! WENT TO SEE IT A FEW YRS BACK, SUCKED MAJOR BALLS! UGH!

  46. rich git says – reply to this


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    Hmm…. Rhydian….perhaps….maybe…..methinks

  47. ug seriously? says – reply to this


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    sarah brightman is TERRIBLE.

  48. a says – reply to this


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    Understandable he's cashing in on the only success he's had in the last two decades, but come on. Phantom was wondful, it was a complete masterpiece with a heartbreaking ending that was just perfect, and how he has completely and totally sold out for a sequel (which I've read) that reads like a cheap supermarket paperback romance. I've lost a lot of respect.

  49. aaaaaaaaaaaaa says – reply to this


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    Yay!! Do Christina and Raoul get married?? Do they have kids?? Does the Phantom pay them another visit?? Oh . . . think of the possibilities!! :D

  50. okeki says – reply to this


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    isnt cats the longest running show?

  51. A fan-thom of this opera says – reply to this


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    Mr.Webber best not mess with a classic! Just because he remade the play and did the movie doesn't give him the right. P.S. Just in case his big old head doesn't listen to reason, at least have the good sense to cast Gerard Butler. Yummy, Yummy Screw, Screw!!

  52. ryguy says – reply to this


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    Well…if you paid attention Perez, you'd know that the score is done, the lyrics are being written and it's scheduled for a 2009 debut. this has been talked about for a few months now. It IS based off the book Phantom in Manhattan and will probably suck.

  53. twinsmom says – reply to this


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    OMG! Love the phantom and love Michael Crawford. Cant wait to see it!

  54. mandarski says – reply to this


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    Good God. The first Phantom is bad enough. And Gerald Butler ruined the movie so it sucked even more than seeing the dated stage show. I love AL Webber but why this show??

  55. mandarski says – reply to this


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    Cats WAS the longest running show…til it closed and Les Miz and Phantom steam rolled over that

  56. Nicole says – reply to this


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    OH PLEASE PLEASE bring back Sarah Brightman

  57. Marcie says – reply to this


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    Re: okeki – YES! Perez is so uneducated!

  58. Megan says – reply to this


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    OhMFG!!!!!!

  59. Laura says – reply to this


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    no! why would andrew lloyd webber do such a thing?
    phantom is perfect the way it is. it needs no sequel.
    ugh.

  60. jessemm says – reply to this


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    B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!
    He can write poop and slap his name on it and it'll sell out everynight. Why not try something NEW? At least if it sux, it'll be original. Remember Starlight Express???? Engine of love….

  61. Keli says – reply to this


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    That is AWESOME!! The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite movie. I don't think the sequel could ever top it, but it would be interesting to see! Go Andrew!

  62. ~m says – reply to this


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    He wrote half of it only to have his cat step on his laptop and erase it all. His cat…some would take that as a sign but not Mr. Webber.

  63. rozzie says – reply to this


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    During last falls XFactor in England,It was reported the Webber was
    offering the major role to Rhydian Roberts.I believe that is why Simon Cowell
    is rushing Rhydian,s first record so Rhydian is free to be in New York this
    summer-fall.If so, I will fly across this continent to see the show!!!!!!Hope its true.

  64. ~m says – reply to this


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    And if he DOES end up with someting good, the ONLY person that should play Christine is Sara Jean Ford, the girl who is touring as Christine right now she is SENSATIONAL!!!!! Takes Christine to a whole new level!

  65. Jessica says – reply to this


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    yea the hottest character in the first one was that sheep that no one nos about

    well anyways yea hes hot

    hopfully they will put a close up on that sheep cause damn he was fine

  66. JF says – reply to this


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    There is a novel… by a well-known author… called The Phantom in New York…

    And I think what's most important here is that this is the first project on which Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will be collaborating since "Evita".

    I don't now how far Webber can go now that he can afford to pay off every multiple plagiarism suit. (My favorite — the two at a time from the Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical Trust and Puccini's publisher Ricordi for "Memories".)

    There are plenty of stories about his paying off the Prokofiev estate for the theme from Phantom.

    All of that's interesting — but here is what matters.

    MANY happy birthdays to you, Senor Perez — many, many happy days — and dogs — and crushes — and loves to you.

    You're one of the true creative AND business successes — a real independent!!!! Yay for you!!!

  67. Phantom Lover! says – reply to this


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    Oh my gosh!!! I don't know what to think…. I'm scared cuz the original was just sooo good that I'm afraid that this just won't measure up……. But I will have an open mind regardless…

    PS, I'm with Perez on bringing Sarah Brightman back though! I LOVE HER!!!!

  68. Happy says – reply to this


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    Bring back Gerard Butler!

  69. shawna says – reply to this


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    this strikes me as a bad idea

  70. britegray says – reply to this


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    OH MY GOD!!!! YESSSSSSSS! This is the BEST news. Please bring back Gerard Butler and the original main players!!! This is awesome. I am SO excited!! PLEASE don't dork out on the script. I mean do make a shit sequal just to make money that wasn't really thought thoroughly out. Take your time to make this rock and be worth it. Alot of people make sequals that suck just so they can draw people in with the promise of something as great as the first only to be dissapointed with the acting/script/story quality. THIS I will go to theater to see instead of waiting for it to come on video like most movies. MAKE IT ROCK ANDREW!!

  71. abba1eden says – reply to this


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    sarah brightman is the worlds biggest selling soprano in history. so i dont think its possible to bring her back. he originated it and she should let it go. she is the fucking queen. Her live shows are incredible. but this sequel thing. not sure of it yetttt…

  72. britegray says – reply to this


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    Sarah Brightman?!? Screw that!!! It's got to be Emmy Rossum!! It needs to be cohesive and have a continuity to the story.

  73. a says – reply to this


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    thanks for the "news"

    it's been well-know for almost a year that the sequel is being worked on, and it'll definitely be (at least in part) inspired by the Webber-commissioned novel "Phantom in Manhattan" from when he first considered a sequel…

  74. Asta says – reply to this


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    I think I slept in a chandelier once.

  75. Dez says – reply to this


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    Leave to Webber to twist the story into something shitty… It all started in 1910 (the ORIGINAL publication date for LEROUX'S NOVEL) the only decent adaptation was the 1925 Silent movie, not the musical… and that fucking movie which ruined it. Hell, they couldnt even get the dates right! 1871? PARIS WAS UNDER SIEGE BY THE PRUSSIANS AND THE OPERA HOUSE WAS INAUGURATED IN JAN 1875!!
    FUCK ALW ONCE AGAIN!!

  76. Preston says – reply to this


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    Has "The Fantasticks" not run longer?

  77. Eska says – reply to this


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    Re: Tori
    I agree! Phantom was a love letter to Phantom of the Opera fans done right!

  78. la la la la says – reply to this


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    PUKE…how bout giving the money to Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Stephen Sondheim for peets sake…or other unknown artists…their work needs to be produced more than ALW…junk sells I guess…AND Sarah Brightman gives real lyric coloraturas a bad name. Please get rid of all Disney and other commercial garbage…(except Jersey Boys because that happens to be a great book, great theater and clever music arranging.)

  79. I LOVE YOU PEREZZZ! says – reply to this


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    OMG IM SO GING TO WATCH IT ^_^
    I've always wondered what happend to miss dayehhe

  80. Jessica Ke says – reply to this


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    Perez, he mentioned this last April. It's all over the British News. It's based on the Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth. And Rhydian Roberts (X Factor) is being signed on for Phantom and Katherine Jenkins as Christine. Maybe. It's still in talks. But you're really slow this time.

    My opinion: God no, the first one was legendary, why ruin the storyline with a new story, especially one as crappy as Forsyth's

  81. cm2baker says – reply to this


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    Sarah Brightman my ass…Lisa Vroman is the best Christine.

  82. toadflaxxed says – reply to this


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    please NOT that screetching Brightman!!! ech! ech!! ech!!! She's got a voice like a hinge - it could etch steel.

  83. christine says – reply to this


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    Emmy is from the movie not Broadway! Sarah may be a little on the old side for the part. The most important thing is the Phantom. Michael Crawford was great but again, age may be a problem. This is the best news for Phantom lovers-especially of the stage production.

  84. Cara Love Phantom says – reply to this


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    YES! YES! YES!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!

  85. Danie says – reply to this


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    At the risk of sounding like everyone else….YAY!! :D

  86. cver says – reply to this


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    oh fuck. it will probably star andrea fucking ross, his new "muse." i went to middle school with her…shes a fucking bitch. i hate her. although i do love the phantom of the opera :D

  87. Phantom Phan says – reply to this


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    Sarah's not as good as she used to be, Josh Groban should be in it though, THAT would be awsome!

  88. Phantom Phan says – reply to this


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    Re: Cay – If you don't like Broadway or Phantom why comment just to bash? Nothing better to do?

  89. Marilyn says – reply to this


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    Come on, Perez. He made this announcement almost a year ago. Since then, his cat has eaten the entire score (since he had it in an electric piano and the cat got inside.) Keep up…

  90. shalott says – reply to this


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    Viva Dame Sarah!

  91. jimmyjazz says – reply to this


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    THIS IS THE STUPIDEST THING I EVER HEARD OF. I DON'T BELIEVE ALW WOULD GO FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS. FIRST OF ALL,,THE PHANTOM DIES IN THE BROADWAY SHOW….IN THE MOVIE…HE JUST ENDS UP A LONER WHEN CHRISTINE GOES OFF WITH THE NON ACID FACED HUNK. I'M A HUGE PHANTOM FAN…EVEN PAINTED THAT MURAL IN MY ROOM BUT I WON'T SEE A SEQUEL. REMEMBER WHEN THEY WROTE A SEQUEL TO GONE WITH THE WIND? STUPID IDEA.

  92. James says – reply to this


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    This news makes me so sad. Phantom is the most incredibly passionate and sweeping show ever, and they're going to belittle it with a sequel!!?? And it's Andrew Lloyd Weber doing it, no less! :(

  93. lb says – reply to this


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    ugh sarah brightman is AWFUL!

  94. Mommkf says – reply to this


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    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just so long as Gerard Butler is the Phantom!!!!!!!!!!! No more Crawford! We want a hunky Phantom.

  95. Mommkf says – reply to this


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    Re: jimmyjazz – I kmow that the first two sequels to GWTW were terrible but have you read the latest one, Rhett Butler's people" by McCaig? Its really excellent and provides a great climax to the saga. If this Phantom's music is anywhere nearly as haunting (Sorry, no pun intended) it should be a winner.

  96. Jamie says – reply to this


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    This is not news…he announced this over a year ago!

  97. Steph says – reply to this


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    Absolutely sickening.
    Yes, it's an amazing musical.
    Yes, ALW is genius.
    And yes, it is beloved by half of America.

    But seriously. This is too much to handle. Nothing is original anymore!

    Somebody compose something good, please. And as for audition songs, disgusting. Who does ALW for auditions anymore anyway?!

  98. Sasha says – reply to this


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    Hell Yes! Bring BACK Sarah Brightman!
    Love her!!!

  99. SD says – reply to this


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    This is old OLD news…look at the date on the article…March 11, 2007

  100. Sas from Aus says – reply to this


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    Nooo dont do it! I can only see bad things coming of this. It will completely ruin the story!

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