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Phantom Sequel Love Never Dies To Close

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The sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera will close on August 27.

Love Never Dies opened in London's West End in March 2010 to some pretty poor reviews from critics. The show was then relaunched after some rewrites and a few tweaks, and was even nominated for seven Laurence Olivier theater awards, but unfortunately, it just never caught any momentum and bombed at the box office.

While the Melbourne, Australia version received a much more positive reaction, Lloyd Webber says that he blamed his battle with prostate cancer on why the show flopped in London.

Unable to give the show his full attention, he said, "With hindsight we should have said, 'Let's put the whole thing on hold until I'm 100 percent again'. Frankly I wasn't feeling very well."

It's unfortunate to see another stage show close, but sources do say there is a possibility that the Melbourne version may be brought back to London.

Let's hope so. The show deserves another chance.

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Good News For Phantom Sequel?

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It might seem like bad news, but from we've heard, the show could use some tweaking.

The West End production of Love Never Dies is scheduled to go dark for four performances come this November. The sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical Phantom of the Opera will take a hiatus from the 22nd to the 25th in order to bring in the new changes to the script and lyrics developed for the Australian preview. We're told most of the changes will occur int eh "problematic" first act.

Hopefully, by the time it reaches us, it will be as perfect as Phantom. (Hopefully, but doubtfully.)

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Sorry Webber! No Love Never Dies On Broadway!

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At least not in 2011!

Reps for Andrew Lloyd Webber say that his sequel to Phantom of The Opera won't be making it to the Broadway stage this year. In a short and sweet statement, the agency revealed that "Love Never Dies will not be opening on Broadway this Spring" and that "further news about the show will be announced shortly."

Whomp, whomp!

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Love Never Dies NEVER Coming To Broadway

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Considering all the negative press, we're not surprised!

Phantom sequel Love Never Dies will NOT be coming to Broadway. The show had been suspended "indefinitely" despite terrible reviews, feuding between the creators and Andrew Lloyd Webber's poor health but it's turning into "absolutely not gonna happen."

Directors Jack O'Brien and Jerry Mitchell are parting ways with Webber and looking for a severance package.

"Watch this one closely — it could get really nasty," claims a source.

An insider from O'Brien and Mitchell's camp add:

"Whatever they wind up with, they earned it. Andrew would summon them at a moment's notice and expect them to drop everything, get on a plane — first-class, but still! — and meet him wherever he was in the world to work on the show. They did it, frankly, for the money.

It was Jack and Jerry against Andrew Lloyd Webber Inc."

But Love Never Dies has not been scrapped! The show is being salvaged and will run in Australia and Toronto. Andrew's plan it to bring the better version of the show to New York at some point.

Yikes! Good luck with that!

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Phantom Drama Continues!

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During the opening night party for Love Never Dies, it's rumored that Andrew Lloyd Webber was going to ask Hal Prince to help revamp the show before it heads to New York - and he was denied!

"Most producers say, 'No! You can't do that — it costs too much,'" claims a source. "Andrew says, 'Let's hire more acrobats!'"

But Prince is taking the time out to concentrate on fixing his own show Paradise Found. And Lloyd Webber is in a difficult position because director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell have had enough of the project.

"Jack and Jerry are sick of it," adds the source. "They've been going back and forth to London working on it, but nothing seems to please Andrew. They're fed up. The problem is the book, and they didn't write the book."

The two are working on their next show Catch Me If You Can, which is heading to Broadway in the spring. It may even end up at the Neil Simon Theatre, which was being held for Love Never Dies before its postponement.

It's rumored that Lloyd Webber is looking to Rob Marshall as the director to retool the show.

Yikes! Seems like it needs a lot of work!

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Wants To Rework Phantom Sequel

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That doesn't sound good!

Andrew Lloyd Webber and company want to delay the Love Never Dies Broadway premiere to do a little reworking including a new opening and a grander entrance for the Phantom.

Also the ending is apparently a disaster, so now they want to postpone the show until the spring!

As for the opening last month the reviews were mixed and it was so stressful that Lloyd Webber threatened to shut down the entire production since he's more eager to get on with his next show, Catch Me If You Can.

An insider said, "They did it for the money, and, boy, are they going to have to earn it now."

Yikes! Better get cracking or it could be a HUGE flop!

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Webber Says 'Poo-Poo' To Phantom Sequel's Bad Reviews

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We guess when you're as rich and successful as HE is, then you're allowed to shrug off some bad press!

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has responded to the negative reviews on his latest musical, Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of Opera!!

Webber said:

"I've been in this business for over 40 years - 43 to be precise - I've never had a show which has been successful that hasn't had quite negative reviews. I'm not really sure how much reviews matter. Maybe they do for a small production, where it depends on getting people there. But there have been shows with rave reviews which nobody watches and come off after six months. You know when an audience is beginning to really respond. The last six shows we've had, we've had total standing ovations. That might not mean anything and if we get terrible reviews, everyone may go dead on the piece. But we've got such good performers out there, I couldn't ask for anyone better."

Well spoken!! That man has a lot of class!!

We figure since the music is good - it's basically been the only aspect of the show praised - then Love Never Dies will do just fine!!

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