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Phantom Sequel Premieres To Mediocre Reviews!!

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We guess sequels RARELY work, even when it's the theater!!

The sequel to the super successful musical Phantom of the Opera, called Love Never Dies, premiered last night in London's West End, and the critics are not being kind!!!

Ben Brantley, of the New York Times, called it a "poor sap of a show (which) feels as eager to be walloped as a clown in a carnival dunking booth. If you don't know the first Phantom, you will be very confused; if you do know the first Phantom, you will also be very confused."

Benedict Nightingale, of The Times, wrote:

"Where's the menace, the horror, the psychological darkness?"

However, if you can shut your brain off and just listen, some critics thought that Webber has done good on the music!!

Quentin Letts, of the Daily Mail, said:

"But if it is a miss, it is … a noble miss, noble because Lloyd Webber's increasingly operatic music tries to lift us to a higher plane."

And from the Telegraph, Charles Spencer says the tunes are "blessed with superbly haunting melodies and a yearning romanticism that sent shivers racing down my spine."


We didn't expect too much from the plot. Once we heard there were three writers helping Webber write the story - which BIZARRELY puts the Phantom haunting the Coney Island fairgrounds ten years after the original - we figured the show's only potential saving grace would be the music!!

What do U think?? Will U go see Love Never Dies??

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15 comments to “Phantom Sequel Premieres To Mediocre Reviews!!”

  1. 1

    i wondered what the sequel would be like…

    But I wouldn't mind seeing it if it came to the US! I still love "Phantom"!

  2. 2

    Gingrich/Limbaugh 2012

  3. 3

    Okay this show is fucking spectacular and those guys keep comparing it to Phantom of the Opera which is why they don't like it. It is, in itself, a complete other genre than Phantom of the Opera. The music is still extravagant and beautiful, but it takes place in New York during in the early 1900's and there has to be a bit of Ragtime in there since it is a period piece. It all comes together GREAT, and the story IS amazing. There are twists and turns and you feel more attached the Phantom this time around. What people don't like is that for the past 30 years or so, they think they know Christine and Raoul and Erik (The Phantom) and even Meg and Madame Giry, the main characters, and now that they see they've changed, they're not happy with it.

    The songs "Beautiful" and "Beauty Underneath" are the parts of Phantom that everyone remembers and "Til I Hear You Sing" is like The Music of The Night. Phantom: Love Never Dies is not a "poor sap of a show", it is masterful and amazing

  4. 4

    Maybe Webber should have gotten the clue of not doing Love Never Dies when his cat ‘accidentally’ deleted the entire score for this sequel back in 2007. I love the original Phantom and got weary when I heard about this sequel some time ago. It just doesn't make sense.

  5. 5

    Coming to NYC Broadway in November!!!

  6. 6

    hell no i won't see it. fromt the moment i heard they were making a sequel of all thing to Phantom i knew it would suck.

    seirously, sometimes things are PERFECT just as they are…no need to fuck around with them people!!!

  7. 7

    Can't wait to see it!!! Anything Phantom is phine with me.

  8. 8

    Loved the original-no need to see something so silly-who thought up Coney Island?

    Even great music can't save a very expensive night on the town in NYC-no need to see an obvious flop!

  9. 9

    Ughhh…. Haven't seen it, but I trust the critics. ALW is frocking ridiculous. His shows suck, and he uses the SAME music in EVERY show… I also completely agree with LashGash!!

  10. 10

    I would and will go see it. Having heard the single sung so beautifully by Karimloo I will definitely see it when I can. I'm not holding it to very high expectations because sequels usually aren't good, so I don't think I could possibly be disappointed. THe script may be soft, but the performances should be strong considering whom they've cast in the leads and ALW writes the most haunting music - which is really what I am going for.

  11. 11

    …and also Ramin Karimloo is smokin' hot.

  12. 12


  13. 13

    *Hell* no. While I'm sure the music is beautiful, after hearing the plot, I wouldn't see this show if you paid me. Call it a different genre if that helps you stomach it, but it is nothing more than live-action fan fiction. Leroux is probably rolling over in his grave. I've got to agree with a previous post- I'd rather see Erik and Raoul get together than what happens in this 'sequel'.

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    Didn't all of his shows open to poor reviews? People will go, and Webber will go to the bank as usual.

  15. 15

    This wasn't suppose to happen in the 1st place!