November 10, 2009

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Volume 80, Issue 6

'The Phantom of the Opera' sequel

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ sequel

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ sequel

Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of many loved musicals including "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita," and "Cats" is creating a sequel to one of his more well-known musicals, "The Phantom of the Opera."

It's sequel is entitled "Love Never Dies." The story of the Phantom continues in New York City versus Paris. Yahoo News says, "The Phantom, who has left his lair at the Paris Opera House and, 10 years later, is haunting the fairgrounds of New York's Coney Island." states, Christine Daaé, the main character from the original show, also ends up going to Coney Island to perform. The Web site also states, "This new show is a rollercoaster ride of obsession and intrigue ... in which music and memory can play cruel tricks ... and The Phantom sets out to prove that, indeed, love never dies."

"The Phantom of the Opera" originally debuted in 1986 and is the longest running Broadway show in history, says Carly Rehac, a junior at SUNY Buffalo stated that Andrew Lloyd Webber shouldn't mess with a classic like "The Phantom of the Opera." She says, "A sequel would likely cheapen the excellence of the original and overdo the concept." Eric Militello, a junior at SUNY Buffalo disagrees with Rehac in that, "the movie has already done that."

Amy Grabau, a Niagara University alum, says, "Andrew Lloyd Webber is a true artist and has the power to make (the sequel) a success. Maybe it won't have the same success (as the original) but I'm sure it will still be entertaining."

Adam Harris, a Niagara University senior, says that he felt skeptical about the sequel after hearing about it a year or so ago. He adds, "˜The Phantom of the Opera' is a legendary show in the theater world, and it seems like a sequel of the infamous show may just ruin everything. I'm just not sure it's going to work. It's like having a sequel of Les Miserables or Rent. I guess we will see how it goes, but I am not entirely sold on anything yet."

The sequel is said to premiere in New York and London theaters in 2011.


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