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Love Never Dies -Adelphi Theatre, London 2010

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Thanks Winston and POL - I thought Coney Island had gone years ago! The pics Mamma posted a while ago made it look derelict. Is that how it looks now?

I am looking forwad to seeing this in April though I originally got the ticket more as an oddity. I hope it achieves some success. There are a lot of people that will be out of work soon otherwise.
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Love Never Dies -Adelphi Theatre, London 2010

This is a common picture of the Coney Island landscape today. The only thing that is different is that most of the amusement park features on the right are gone. Of course the Cyclone is still there.

That park is was called Astroland Amusement Park and closed a couple of summers ago. The Cyclone was part of Astroland. However, now that that park closed down this past summer was the first summer it ran as its own thing. With admissions being charged to ride the roller coaster and not have it be associated with any of the parks.

Interestingly enough, there has been some ongoing debate for awhile about if they should just demolish the entire thing and make way for apartment buildings etc or try to revitalize the area.

I remember that there had been some discussion every year about how if a current given summer would have been the last for Coney Island. However, it always seemed that it would go on for another year. The beach, is very disgusting and old and mucky. Hell, the sand there is black at most parts. And, Astroland, the one of two remaining parks closed down at the end of summer 2008. When looking for pictures to show you, I found out that there is in fact going to be another park built. I am guessing in the same area of land that Astroland once stood in called Luna Park. Luna Park was one of the original parks at Coney Island and in fact, in Sydney Australia there is a park that is a replica of that one in style and in name as well.


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So did it go up?
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10 minutes in, technical problem, show stops curtain up. Director out to apologise.

Incredable opening.

ALW sat in stalls

waiting to restart
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Show curtain is basically the mask on black background, yes I have a pic but no idea how to add it here, sorry
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Sorry Princeton, having a problem understanding your second to last post, should it be incredible opening, tecnical problems 10 minutes in, ALW had a stool.

Coney island a lovely promenade, that leads to a incredible aquarium. behind that is a **** hole (again refrence ALW had a stool).
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Keep posting Princeton! Love Never Dies -Adelphi Theatre, London 2010
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The place is a dive, just like Blackpool.
I still cant believe I wasted an entire afternoon going out there to see the place.
Actually Blackpool is far better maintained.
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This twitter account seems to be the source of a lot of info tonight:

http://twitter.com/reelkandi
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Ramin is excellent, got an amazing reaction!

Visually stunning
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Should point out, im not there, a good friend is and im getting text updates lol
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Should point out, im not there, a good friend is and im getting text updates lol
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Aw Princeton we thought you were our exclusive link there tonight!
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I heard abouta cool effect Niamh Perry is part of? Share please. And whats the opening?
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Against my better judgement, I have now booked to see this on May 26th. Having paid that insane price, if it turns out to be crap, I may jump off the Jubilee bridge after the show.lol
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ooo i've just posted ^ under my old account...how strange!

anyway....Can i be exclusive link for tomorrow?? Love Never Dies -Adelphi Theatre, London 2010

I too have just paid a redic large amount for tomorrow evenings performance! I shall keep updating (maybe a few pics)as the show progresses)
If i've wasted £67.50 on a shat show i'll be jumping infront of a bus on the strand after the show!!
Watch this space!!!
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all i'm saying is

OHMIGOD!!
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for any particular reason, Sam?
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you'll see Dev.... Love Never Dies -Adelphi Theatre, London 2010
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Someone posted the ending on another site - but it was quickly 'moderated'. Suffice to say the ending is 'gripping'.
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Yes I saw that. Can't say I fell off my chair. Not exactly sure why it happens but it seems a bit like: well, I've brought them all together, what do I do with them now?
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ALW has acknowledged in interviews that 'Woman in White' didn't work because of the book. I thought he'd make sure this time that the story would be, at the least, very dramatic. He said at the press conference for LND that the previous ending of POTO was 'weak' i.e. the Phantom just disappeared into thin air and he thought he'd have people asking for their money back.
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Umm, can someone PM this ending to me... I aint bothered bout the surprised being ruined!
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I just returned from the premiere of Love Never Dies. For those who want to avoid the spoilers - read no further.


With tonight's performance being the first of the previews - the audience was truly buzzing ... all clearly being fans of Lloyd Webber curious to see whether this would be train wreck or smash hit.

In this, the sequel - the Phantom escapes Paris to travel to Coney Island where he setups Phantasmaland - an otherworldly paradise of rides, amusements and freaks ... and invites Christine to New York to sing in his latest creation.

The show gets off to an unusual start with no overture but straight to the drama with an aged Madame Giry returning to the remains of the Coney Island fairground ... setting the scene of what history has gone by.

Projection plays an enormous role in the show - and the system in use is truly world class ... full screen projection the length and width of the entire stage scrim - high definition quality that adds a whole new dimension to modern theatre making.

Clouds billow across the stage in a whirlwind of action - both on projection and on stage - as we go back in time and see the once-defunct Phantasmaland come to life before our eyes. The video sequence is amazing ...

Unfortunately things came to an abrupt halt at this point - 10 minutes in ... curtains fall and technical difficulties stop play. The show's director comes on stage - apologies profusely and so we wait - hoping that they do indeed continue ( Saturday night's performance was cancelled )

Thankfully they fix the problem - and so we continue.

Scott Penrose is the show's magic creator and he has included some true beauties.

Highlights include a full-size horse-pulled carriage made completely of glass - automaton style. You can see completely inside - empty. Instantly the carriage is filled with cast members - a beautiful appearance, unexpected and magical.

Other notable pieces include the walking skeleton - human legs, skeleton torso - last seen in Siegfried & Roy's show at The Mirage in Las Vegas ... and a rock playing guerilla automaton atop a box.

Ramin Karimloo is quite simply INCREDIBLE and he literally owns the stage - without him the show would be no where. Sierra Boggess, too, has the most angelic of voices.

As with any sequel - your audience comes into the show with certain ideas, knowledge & pre-conceptions. And Love Never Dies is no different ... unfortunately - to make this plot work - the creators have been fairly liberal in their creative licence leaving many to scratch their heads wondering if they perhaps missed something in the original Phantom production ... and what possibly happened to their favourite characters.

In this continuation - Raoul is a drunken, wife abuser with gambling debts - Christine has a child - Meg Giry turns kidnapper and murderer - and the Phantom turns family man - after discovering that the child is really his ( "Luke, I am your father") Don't remember them consummating that relationship on stage ?

Phantom lures Christine to Coney Island, Phantom wagers Raoul that he will get Christine to sing for him, Christine sings, Raoul leaves, Meg is jealous, Phantom discovers child is his, Meg kidnaps child - shoots Christine and Phantom becomes a single dad.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Now that's an interesting plot line.

Will this show likely be running in ten years time - no. Will it ever achieve the same success as Phantom - never.

Despite all this - there are some true moments of brilliance that one could only wish they were better able to capture ... closing the first half - the Phantom lures the child to his lair in a scene filled with the gorilla automaton, walking skeleton and a hanging chandelier of 20+ Medusa like skulls that come to life in song. The Phantom is discovering that the boy's love of music & the bizarre mirrors his own life - against a backdrop of symphonic rock that is in a word - breathtaking. The scene is so unlike any other number in the show - sheer "rock opera" - it is eery, scary and brilliant. But over far too soon ...

For musical theatre lovers - Love Never Dies takes the Phantom to where he was never meant to go - out of the mysterious and into the realm of mere mortal normality.

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