Saturday, November 26, 2011

101 in 1001 #44

Last night, I managed to cross another task off my list. One of the perks of unemployment - nothing but time to cross things off your Day Zero list!

Anyway, task #44 was to see a musical that I hadn't seen before. Last night, I went to see Love Never Dies. Now, if you've never heard of it, I'm not particularly surprised. It's Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to Phantom of the Opera. It premiered in London last year, and didn't do particularly well. The rumour goes that it was meant to open on Broadway after it finished in London, but instead they shipped it out to the colonies Melbourne as a test run. Whether or not that's accurate remains to be seen...

The music was, by and large, pretty good. I wasn't a huge fan of the main song that Christine sings. (Yes, Christine and Raoul are back, as are the Phantom, Meg and Madame Giry) It seemed a little repetitive to me. That said, it's still stuck in my head 24 hours later!! Other than that, the story was pretty good (other than a couple of bits that were just plain weird), the costumes were stunning, and the set is incredible.

I'm kind of intrigued as to how differently it would have been received if it had been set in Paris again rather than setting it on Coney Island...

Anyway, if you get the chance it's worth seeing for the set alone. (Especially as it's finishing in Melbourne soon and all A Reserve tickets are $69!)

Has anyone else seen it? What did you think?

K xx


  1. Jealous. I really wanted to go and watch this but the timing just didn't work for me. I'm glad I have your review though. Which venue did you end up watching it at?

  2. I soooo wanted to see this but it means going to London which is very expensive!!

  3. @Vanisha - it was at the Regent Theatre, which is GORGEOUS!
    @Celeste - Yeah, travelling internationally to see a musical would be rather expensive!

  4. Congrats on crossing off another 101 item!

  5. I saw it quite a while back and I was somewhat underwhelmed, but I think that may be because it was sandwiched amidst the awesomeness of Wicked, Hairspray and Mary Poppins (geez, busy theatre year! I have one word for you: EBay). You're right though, the set was fantastic.

  6. @Kathy - thanks!
    @Nessa - Yeah, I can imagine that it fades into nothing when compared to Wicked and Hairspray...


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