March 6, 2010
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The sequel to 'The Phantom of the Opera' premieres in London wrapped in controversy
The second part of The Phantom of the Opera has arrived in London amid the controversy raised by the staunch supporters of the first version, who consider it a "sacrilege" to give continuity to one of the most acclaimed and enduring musicals. The stalwarts of the famous piece released in 1986, who call themselves 'phans' (union between the words fan and phantom , ghost in English) are turning their anger on the Internet, where the bad reviews of the sequel, entitled Love never dies , they have not stopped for several months.
The discomfort is such that there has even been a group in the social network Facebook calledLove must die, which according to its creator is a platform of expression for those who think that the second part should never have received the green light. "It's illogical, irrational, offensive and frankly stupid, as well as damaging the original story," he says.
The animosity of the "phans" seems not to worry too much the creator of "the ghost" Andrew Lloyd Webber , whom, proud of His latest creation, the tide of blame does not affect you too much after you have recently overcome a prostate cancer.
The idea of a second part came up in 1997, when at a meal with Maria Björnson, the set designer of The Phantom of the Opera, she told him that history could not end like this. And is that in the love triangle of the first version - released in 1986 and seen by 100 million viewers around the world, Christine, played by the soprano and first wife of the musician Sarah Brightman, saddens the ghost because it goes with the handsome Raoul.
Lloyd Webber started working on the project together with the author Frederick Forsyth , who even wrote the novel The Ghost in Manhattan to inspire the new work. The collaboration was finally paralyzed because the ideas that both had developed werevery difficult to capture on stage , although in 2000 the composer resumed the project alone and released the version that opens next Tuesday.
An "autonomous" play
The sequel starts ten years later with the anonymous invitation that Christine receives to participate in a new attraction in Coney Island (New York), called "Phantasma", where, without knowing it, she will meet again with the ghost, which is the protagonist of the attraction and the one who has plotted the trap to return to see his beloved .
This time the ghost replaces his hiding place in the opera house in Paris by the Coney Island of the early twentieth century, time of splendor of this place of living uncles and roller coasters , which made it his day in "the eighth wonder of world, "according to Lloyd Webber.
For the composer, Love never dies is an autonomous work andnot a continuation of the first one, which left the bar very high when arriving at the 9,500 performances in London's West End, with what has been the musical that has endured most on the bill in the British capital, an honor that also achieved on Broadway and that happened through Madrid.