REVIEW: Love Never Dies (Andrew Lloyd Webber) Blu-ray

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Summary:  The ultimate love story continues in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacular musical Love Never Dies, a sequel to the legendary “Phantom of the Opera.” From musical theater’s most captivating composer and featuring the new highly-acclaimed Australian production filmed in Melbourne, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies arrives on Blu-rayTM with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound and DVD on May 29, 2012. With lush visuals and a mesmerizing score that rivals the original in power and beauty, this live production of Love Never Dies is a romantic necessity for every Broadway fan’s collection.

The year is 1907 and ten years have passed since the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House. He has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak-shows of Coney Island. In this new electrically-charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love – Christine Daae. Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine is struggling in an ailing marriage to Raoul. So, it is with excitement she accepts an invitation to travel to New York and perform at a renowned opera house. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan, to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island, not knowing what is in store for them…

I reviewed the Phantom of the Opera a few months ago.  I didn’t know there was a sequel until shortly after I saw the Andrew Lloyd Webber version. There was no sequel to the original novel that the movies and productions come from but there is now. Andrew Lloyd Webber has this to say about it:

I really do not believe that you have to have seen Phantom of the Opera to understand Love Never Dies. I really don’t. But I hope if you see them together, if you wanted to see them back-to-back, that what you would get from them — from both of them — is the extension of where the story goes.source

It’s a very good sequel with great music. I just wish all the of the main characters were played by the same people. I’m not sure if I agree with Andrew Lloyd Webber though. I think it would make more sense if you know the story of the Phantom of the Opera first. 

Christine is played by a different actress as is the Phantom. The Phantom looks close enough but Christine looks different enough that it made it hard to remember who she was, that she wasn’t a brand new character. I understand though that sometimes you an’t have the same actors.

I’m glad I own both now, I think anyone who owns the Andrew Lloyd Webber version of The Phantom of the Opera should own Love Never Dies.

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