DVD Live on April 11, 2011 @ Sydney's Melbourne Theatre
Love Never Dies picks up 10 years after the finale to The Phantom of the Opera. It is set in 1907, which we are to understand is 10 years after the original Phantom (which actually took place in 1881, but who cares). It is also the lovechild of Side Show + Barnum + the original Phantom, with hints of Titantic, Show Boat, Cabaret, & Ragtime. I was surprised at how well this musical created a nostalgia for Phantom (my very first Broadway show) while still creating a setting all its' own [click HERE is a full plot, including spoilers]. Overall, I was not disappointed, which is a surprising feat for a musical sequel of this proportion. The storyline was engaging, the characters were developed, the songs were sufficient, and the staging was fresh, stylish, & innovative. It's not a show I'd justify buying tickets for, but the Netflix selection was pretty good time. Now, some musical highlights:
Love Never Dies
A lovely song. I love it in Love Never Dies almost as much as I loved it in The Beautiful Game.
The Beauty Underneath
A weird, Vegas-esque duet showing the eeerrie bond/similarities between the Phantom & Christine's 10-year-old son.
Dear Old Friend
A great quartet about the awkward reuniting dance between Christine, Raoul, Meg, & Mme. Giry.