Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies [Blu-ray]
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I do not want to give too much away, but Christine is lured to Coney Island with her drunken husband and 10 year old son, to sing for a large sum of money which she really needs after her husband Raul has become an alcoholic, and lost all their money and wealth over the years, so this is Christine's chance to get back to the life she once enjoyed all those years ago.
There is Drama, love and sadness as there was in the original Phantom of the opera and throughout Love Never Dies there are afew subtle references back to the original show through the music score, When Christine sings her signature song the scene too my breath away. If you loved Phantom of the Opera, you will love, Love never dies, Keep and open mind as the story unfolds as you follow this musical and I'm sure you will not be disappointed.
I too had read negative reviews when the show opened in London, perhaps us Aussies do not pay much attention to other's views and would rather see it for ourselves before passing Judgement, I have no regrets spending my money to see this show, it was fantastic. Enjoy the dvd, feel the beautiful music score and enjoy the show.
I wonder if many people grasp that "Phantom of the Opera" is at its heart the story of the love of and sometimes obsession for music that most classical composers and performers possess. "Love Never Dies" is simply a continuation of this story line. For all its faults, in this it is successful. The transfer of the characters may be less so.
A number of reviewers have made much of the fact that the Phantom in "Phantom of the Opera" has declared himself denied the sins of the flesh and therefore would be unable to father children. I think it is reasonable to assume that he is simply referring to the repulsion that women would feel to his appearance not to some physical inability. In fact, the use of a baritone voice makes the Phantom in "Love Never Dies" even more of a masculine, testosterone driven creature fully capable of being a passionate lover. The one part of the continuation of the story that does not work though is that in "Phantom of the Opera" he was made a two time murderer. I ran into a theatre goer recently who never noticed the bodies hanging from the rafters. Perhaps the author wishes that to be the case for all of us. That Christine would love a murderer or that he would be worth loving just does not work.
In "Phantom of the Opera", I found Raul nothing but a rich, reckless, self-important jerk so I can easily go with his now being a gambler and a drunk.Read more ›
While the production is fantastically eye catching, I wouldn't really call it a sequel. Some of the characterizations weren't very true (Phantom seemed too Emo; the Girys were exceptionally greedy) or weren't believable at all (really deep character changing flaws in Raoul). And there are a couple points in the plot that are very predictable, but still enjoyable.
The costumes, makeup, sets, and music are beautiful. The costumes follow very well the change in both fashion and Old World (1895 Paris) versus New World (1905 New York) mentalities. I noticed another reviewer say that the music was average/not memorable and I completely disagree. Some of the songs seem a little forced to add atmosphere to the plot. But the core songs with Phantom and Christine are very memorable and moving. I purchased the CD the next day after seeing the production and as I listened to it, I found I even remembered some of the lyrics. And Christine's grand aria very much made me feel like it was part of the original Phantom production. The ending certainly follows the adage you either love opera or hate opera - there's no in between. The music and scene made me shed a few tears and feel deep empathy with Phantom.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Love Never Dies to any Phantom fan. I am very happy I have the DVD on pre-order. But take it more as an alternate future and appreciate it as a stand alone based on Phantom. It's not really a true sequel.
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Was a great addition to the Phantom story line. The music sticks with you and while the ending leaves something to be desired, it is not completely unseen. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Angela Atkinson
Yikes. The original Phantom of the Opera was incredible. I've enjoyed pretty much every adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber's production. This, not so much. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Angie1201
Very beautiful DVD. Sound and images are enhanced and artfully remastered. Sadly this DVD ony work in the U.S and Canada but I highly recommend. Price is a very great deal breaker.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
The plot is nonsense - this has to be one of ALW's worst ever. Not one memorable song.
He said it's not a sequel to POTO but it is and a very poor one at that. Read more
It was like watching an abortion be performed on stage, except for watching an abortion being performed on staged would have been better.Published 15 days ago by PuffyPinkCow
Not as good as the Phantom but enjoyed it for what it is. A musical by Andrew at least in my opinion is very good to see and listen to.Published 25 days ago by David W. Kinney
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