Andrew Lloyd Webber unmasked a new show today called "Love Never Dies," according to Reuters
The Oscar-winning British composer told Reuters
, "I thought about doing a Phantom sequel for a long time." Webber, 61, has also written hit songs for "Cats" and "Evita."
Webber said in an interview with Reuters
I thought if I do a sequel it's just going to be nothing at all so I forgot about it. Then (British comedian) Ben Elton came up with an idea which unlocked how we can take all of the characters from the original and build a completely new tale. You don't have to see Phantom of the Opera to see Love Never Dies. I can stand back now and say I'm very proud of it as a piece of work.
The sequel, "Love Never Dies
," continues where "Phantom of the Opera
" ended with The Phantom leaving his Paris Opera House lair and "haunting the fairgrounds of New York's Coney Island" ten years later.
Ramin Karimlooo, who played the Phantom in the original production in London, will reprise his role in the sequel. The role of "Christine" will be played by Sierra Boggess who played the lead in Disney's Broadway musical "The Little Mermaid."
Boggess told Reuters
The final scene of Phantom of the Opera is quite intense and you do want to know what happens, so it's nice to already have a built-in fan base that are ready to see what could possibly have happened.
According to Reuters
, the world premiere of "Love Never Dies" will be March 9, 2010 at the Adelphi Theater in London. On November 11, 2010, the show will open in New York and in Australia in 2011.
Andrew Lloyd Webber was quoted as saying, "Everything is new so I think of it as a different piece, and if it does a third as well as the old Phantom I'll still be very happy."
"The Phantom of the Opera" has played to more than 100 million people around the world and the album from the musical sold more than 40 million copies globally. An album accompanying the sequel "Love Never Dies" will be released on March 10, 2010 following the world premiere in London on March 9.
Production notes handed out at a press launch promise that the new show will be a "rollercoaster ride of obsession and intrigue in which music and memory can play cruel tricks."