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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