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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Love Never Dies in Hamburg

Those who read my blog, know both my sister and I are really great fans of muscial theatre. We do have our favorites though, like Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera.

But also the sequel to Phantom is a great show. When first shown in London's West End, it closed after a year or so. I really don't know why. The story was good, the music great and the performances of Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess superb. We saw the show twice, the second time already with light changes to the original.

But then the show closed down and it took years before a team of creatives in Australia dared to put the show back on the bills. They changed the concept greatly, but I think they made a better show of it. Unfortunately, the lead characters could not convince me as much as Ramin and Sierra. And even if we wanted to see the show, Melbourne and Sydney are a bit far off... Just like Tokyo, where the show went next.

As from October of this year though, the show will come to Germany. It will be staged in Hamburg, in the north of the country. The cast has not been announced but I hope Drew Sarich will get the lead role as Phantom. Sarich has a great voice and presence, and the lyrics in German are very well made. German is a language that works for muscial theatre, unlike Dutch.

We already secured our tickets for this show, and we'll take the opportunity to discover Hamburg and its environs as well!

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