Previewed 22 February 2010, Opened 9 March 2010, Closed 27 August 2011 at the Adelphi Theatre in London
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom - The world's greatest love story continues... the new musical Love Never Dies in London starring Ramin Karimloo as 'The Phantom' and Sierra Boggess as 'Christine'
In 1907 New York, the mysterious 'Maestro' who runs the theatre at Coney Island announces a one-off concert by legendary Parisian soprano Christine Daaé. Her arrival in New York with husband Raoul, Victome de Chagny and son Gustave, and their subsequent meeting with the 'Maestro,' bring the cataclysmic events of ten years earlier at the Paris Opera crashing back into all their lives.
The cast for Love Never Dies in London features Ramin Karimloo as 'The Phantom' and Sierra Boggess as 'Christine' along with Joseph Milson as 'Raoul', Liz Robertson as 'Madame Giry' and Summer Strallen as 'Meg Giry'. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Directed by Jack O'Brien with choreography by Jerry Mitchell and designs by Bob Crowley. Ramin Karimloo has played the roles of 'The Phantom' and 'Raoul' on stage in the London West End production of The Phantom of the Opera in addition he has also played the role of 'Christine's Father' in the film version of the musical which was directed by Joel Schumacher. Sierra Boggess made her Broadway debut creating the lead role of Ariel' in the Disney musical The Little Mermaid. She has also played the role of 'Christine' in the Las Vegas version of The Phantom of the Opera. Liz Robertson's West End credits include Killing Jessica and The Music Man.
"There was much that was right about Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical which opened last March at London's Adelphi Theatre, not least a scorching score, singing to die for, show-stopping sets and fabulous special effects. But it was far from perfect: the plot was slack, the characters too sketchy to care about, and while the show made little sense as a sequel to Phantom Of The Opera, it had no identity of its own... Which is presumably why Lloyd Webber drafted in his friend and fellow impresario Bill Kenwright to give it a makeover. He's done a marvellous job of it, partly because he's come to the sensible conclusion that since half the world has seen and loved Phantom, a sequel was what was wanted and resistance was futile. There's now an unmistakable musical reference to the main melody of the original. The show begins with Ramin Karimloo's Phantom. He's in his lair filled with spooky toys, including a mechanical model of Christine, the beautiful soprano with whom he remains disturbingly obsessed. She had been his muse and his lover ten years before in Paris before the opera house burnt down and he fled to the United States and became the impresario and creator of Phantasma, an amusement park filled with freaks and contortionists. Christine (the sensational Sierra Boggess) has since married the dastardly drunk Raoul and the couple, having apparently received an invitation from Oscar Hammerstein to come to sing in his latest musical, have arrived with ten-year-old Gustave (get that timing). Clever Kenwright has given the child, the innocent among these variously damaged, depraved and decadent adults, a much more pivotal role... The narrative tension has been tightened, the rivalries sharpened, the ending made more ambiguous. Kenwright has fixed it: a bloodless ghost of a show has become a fabulous, full-blooded, passionate drama with masses to sing about." The Mail on Sunday
"The cast led by Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierrra Boggess as the sultry Christine, cannot be faulted: they belt out the songs with gusto, charisma and sexiness. They have a great sense of stagecraft... For all that, the show does not make the impression that it should... It is a dull straight road of a plot rather than one that twists and turns... One found oneself yearning after a while for the big showstopper - the number that would still be reverberating around my head when I got home - but it never came." The Sunday Telegraph
Love Never Dies in London at the Adelphi Theatre previewed from 22 February 2010, opened on 9 March 2010 and closed on 27 August 2011 (The first preview on 20 February 2010 was cancelled).