‘Phantom’ sequel gets the reviews you’d expect

I’m sorry, but I am not among the people who have been clamoring for a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, a musical in which the curtains always seemed more interesting to me than almost anything else.

So I’m clearly not the target audience for Love Never Dies, the Phantom sequel which is set in Coney Island (yes, really) and opened in London last night.

Turns out the show got the kind of critical reaction that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals usually get, which is to say all over the place. Here’s Ben Brantley from The New York Times: “this poor sap of a show feels as eager to be walloped as a clown in a carnival dunking booth.”

Read his full review here, and then others:

3 responses to “‘Phantom’ sequel gets the reviews you’d expect

  1. John DiDonna

    Oh my. – “this poor sap of a show feels as eager to be walloped as a clown in a carnival dunking booth.” – Wow. Wow. That is a line.

  2. Perhaps if Andrew Lloyd Webber hadn’t taken his score from “Aspects Of Love”and rewritten the lyrics to each song “Love Never Dies” would hold more appeal. It’s criminal to me that he continues to reuse exact melodies…. I mean, really?

    And…does anyone else think ‘Love Never Dies’ sounds more like a James Bond film than a Phantom Sequel?

    And Coney Island… Really? — Reaaally??

    God save us from this.

  3. Gee. I guess love dies after all.