Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?

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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#1
Posted: 3/10/10 at 9:03am
Yes.
No.
Possibly, but delayed.

Just a simple poll.


NO.
Updated On: 3/10/10 at 09:03 AM
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#2
Posted: 3/10/10 at 9:06am
Not on schedule.
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Posted: 3/10/10 at 9:15am
Yes it will, it makes no odds if its bad or good it's gonna sell
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Posted: 3/10/10 at 10:50am
Yes, it has to be fair, got a selection of good/very good reviews. It really does seem a marmite of a show. However I think its bound to be reworked, and I wonder if they will delay the opening to accomodate that. Although last I heard they had most things in place meaning an announcement could have been not too far off
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#4
Posted: 3/10/10 at 11:37am
Hopefully by January so I can see it (day after Phantom turns 22)
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#5
Posted: 3/10/10 at 9:11pm
Doo you think the London leads will be retained for the Broadway production, if it ever happens? It looks like that many Broadway shows are star-driven now, or least with recongizable names, so with mixed reviews so far, this show may need a box office push early on.
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#6
Posted: 3/11/10 at 2:36am
No, simple polls do not work on here.
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Posted: 3/11/10 at 6:25am
Sierra will be Christine... Ramin is a maybe!
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Posted: 3/11/10 at 7:49am
...and Melbourne in April 2011?
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#9
Posted: 3/11/10 at 8:09am
Sierra, definately, Ramin, I kind of hope they change him. I know it would never happen but I think Howard could be amazing with those songs.

Sally Dexter on the CD reminds me of LuPone at times, lol

But I am sure they will try their best to get atleast Ramin and Sierra to reprise.

But if they can't get Ramin over, who else?
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Posted: 3/11/10 at 8:51am
Yes I think it will. Nederlanders are involved too.

Whether its a success or not will differ... I presume both productions will do wel, maybe recouping.
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Posted: 3/11/10 at 11:23am
The New York Times gave it an even worse review than the Times of London. The NY Times is the only paper that has any pull with theatre goers. With Brantley already hating the show, it would be a flop of Woman in White proportions.
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#12
Posted: 3/11/10 at 12:02pm
Eh...the Times didn't like Wicked or Phantom of the Opera, either. The right show at the right time with the right cast can be critic-proof. I'm not convinced this is that show, but I think it will fare better than Woman in White.
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Posted: 3/11/10 at 4:17pm
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Posted: 3/11/10 at 4:18pm
Deep down I know it will play New York but I bet it wont run a year. Not if its even half the reception its just got in London.
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#15
Posted: 3/12/10 at 3:33am
So there are more changes to be made before Broadway apparently (spin, spin).

Does that mean the show still isn't finished?

So according to ALW logic, perhaps we shouldn't be commenting on it- and the critics should not have reviewed it yet.

It's not fair to criticize a show that isn't ready yet...
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Posted: 3/12/10 at 4:25am
It will open, but will probably close after (at most) two years

If Wicked is still running in Sydney next year, or if Jersey Boys/ Mary Poppins (unlikely) take the Capitol, Melbourne will definitely get it (that is if there is anything to get)

Regent, Her Majesties, or Princess? I'm going to say Regent.
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Posted: 3/12/10 at 7:21am
It has been announced (overseas press) as opening at the Princess in April 2011.
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#18
Posted: 3/12/10 at 8:02am
Reading the recent review in the New York Time, 'Love Never Dies' was more panned than 'The Woman in White, when the later opened on Broadway in 2005.

Some of the popular press who gave 'Love Never Dies' a poor review could of had the notion that Phantom sequel should of been reflective of a all super powerful Phantom, who still had that cold nasty streak and could still had a boxful of trick, causing havoc.

However some might have viewed the latest creation as a good Phantom, the sort of bloke you would want to marry your daughter to the juxtaposition of Raoul who is full of hard drinking, dirty gambler who woman beats turned evil.

But with Ben Brantley latest panned being aimed at mostly the book, it would be hard to bring this show to New York.
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#19
Posted: 3/12/10 at 8:53am
Riedels take on the whole episode.

Could be Jack O'Brien been knocked out by a chandelier and guess who might step through the mirror? Harold Prince.

That quip from the original Phantom's "those damn falls running my theatre".

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/webber_show_off_to_rough_start_in_ppIUFX4Nca3lULbFTAkZNN
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Posted: 3/12/10 at 9:08am
I think the show is missing Hal Prince. He would go in there and completely tear it up to brilliance.
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Will 'Love Never Dies' Open On Broadway?#21
Posted: 3/12/10 at 11:21am
Based on how Hal Prince has directed/interpreted the original show, the only way he'd be a part of this sequel would be if he was a sell-out (since he has said in many interviews that while it's very nice that the audience wants Christine to stay with the Phantom, it just can't happen...therein lies the tragedy).

I know that's blunt, but that's how I feel based on what he's said the past 23 1/2 years.
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Posted: 3/12/10 at 12:57pm
So there are more changes to be made before Broadway apparently (spin, spin).

Does that mean the show still isn't finished?


It's not spin, but Lloyd Webber's M.O. He changes every show after its premiere.

I think the show is missing Hal Prince. He would go in there and completely tear it up to brilliance.

Or not. I saw Bounce in Chicago. A total misfire in every way. Prince did not add anything new or useful to that production.
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Posted: 3/12/10 at 1:25pm
Reidel chimes in:

"Response among insiders was mixed as well. A New York investor announced, 'I can kiss my 25,000-pound investment goodbye.' Another said, 'Great score, but there's a lot of tweaking to do.' A top London producer added, 'They've got to work on the story. It's so predictable.' "

"...Andre Ptaszynski, who runs Lloyd Webber's empire, The Really Useful Group. He said, "The mention of Hal Prince is a stunner to Andrew and me. No such thing was anywhere on the radar. Why would it be? We love Jack and are very pleased with his work, though, as is often the case, there is a further mile to go. ' "

"Nobody here thinks the mixed verdict will stop Lloyd Webber from bringing "Love Never Dies" to Broadway. He's the richest composer in theater history precisely because he's thumbed his nose at the critics and gone straight to the people who matter: the paying public."
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Posted: 3/12/10 at 1:59pm
Cant imagine Prince getting involved, especially as he will be doing that new musical at the Menier then Broadway.

I did laugh at one of the comments about the article saying they need to get Michael Ball in...I mean...seriously!!

Having seen Ramins Phantom he is anything but bland, and is possibly the best since Crawford (better in my opinion) hence why so many Phans love him. But it does sound like the problem lies with how the character is now written...thank you Mr Elton. Its lost all the thriller elements, the romance, the mystery and now its sounding more like a soap. From listening to the CD there is definately a great show in there.

I do think a director of light and fluffy musicals wasnt the best way to go either