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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Love (really) Never Dies

Good news for those who love the musical theatre! It's just been announced that Lloyd-Webber's Love Never Dies is not to die a silent death. Early 2014 a UK Tour will start and theatres have already been booked. If the show is succesful on tour, it will return to London and most likely to North America and parts of Europe.

I had the chance of seeing this show twice in 2010, the year it was first performed in London. The first time was in April, with Tam Mutu as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. The second time was in August, and this time the Phantom was played by Ramin Karimloo. Oh boy! When he sang 'Till I hear you sing again' the entire auditorium got the goosebumps! What a voice this guy has! And also Sierra is very good as Christine. When she sang the role of Christine in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Phantom of the Opera, I equally got the goosebumps when she sang.

I always thought the show was great, and I don't understand what the critics found fault with. Did they not understand the story?

It's all about the jealousy Meg Giry has for Christine. At first they were friends, but soon she finds out Eric only wants Christine. Even when her mother and she help Eric escape the furious crowd in the Paris Opera House and find him passage to America, and do everything to help him find his way there (among which paving the way by sleeping with rich businessmen), he stilll only thinks of getting Christine back into his life.

No wonder Meg feels hurt. She also knows her voice is not as good as that of Christine. All these factors lead her to kidnap Christine's (and Eric's) little son and in the end she shoots Christine. But the show ends on a positive note: Gustav finally accepts Eric as this father and even gets him to put off his mask...

I'll certainly go and see the show once more when it's on tour (most English towns are not too far off for us) and I hope they'll ask Ramin once more to play Phantom.

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