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LOVE NEVER DIES to Be Filmed in Melbourne; No Broadway?

According to the NY Times, the continuation of Broadway's longest-running musical The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies might not make it to Broadway after all. When asked if the show has a future on the Great Whte Way, creator Andrew Lloyd Webber commented:"I think there are a lot of people who would love to see it go there, but I think that we're all realistic, and I think with the baggage that it's got, it might be better to just let it be discovered."

Additionally, he revealed that the Melbourne production, which is currenty playing at the Regent Theatre, will be filmed and soon be available on DVD.

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The Australian production is not a carbon copy of the London production, and instead has new design and a new director. Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) directs, with Gabriela Tylesova behind the design. Guy Simpson, who worked with the Australian production of Phantom, serves as music supervisor, and Graeme Murphy choreographs.

The principal characters of The Phantom of the Opera continue their stories in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies. 10 years after the mysterious disappearance of The Phantom from the Paris Opera House, Christine Daaé accepts an offer to come to America and perform at New York's fabulous new playground of the world - Coney Island. Christine arrives in New York with her husband Raoul and their son Gustave. She soon discovers the identity of the anonymous impresario who has lured her from France to sing.

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