Latest News Updated February 3, 2018
“It turns out “Love Never Dies” is a highly stylish, colorfully rendered mess...The numbingly rhyme-drunk lyrics...are trite. Mainly, the whole thing is just schmaltzy and preposterous.”
Broadway World Boston
“I doubt that this show would ever have come about if not for the original. Either way, I'm still shaking my head and asking why.” Read More
“Too bad they didn’t follow their own advice as spelled out in “Why Does She Love Me?” That’s when Meg counsels Raoul, “You should have never come to America/It’s not a place for people like you and Christine.” Amen to that.” Read More
News-Herald Morning Journal
“In the final, climactic moments of “Love Never Dies,” a woman holds a gun to her head and threatens to end it all. While some audience members may root for her to do just that — and wish they had the same option earlier in the evening” Read More
“The optimism faded with the opening number, and unfortunately never returned...The story was predictable and not particularly interesting, the setting seemed silly, the song lyrics were not convincing, and the performances were exaggerated...” Read More
“Webber should have quit while he was ahead. For his much touted sequel to “Phantom of the Opera,” is an embarrassment, an overblown tearjerker whose tawdry finale is just too painful to watch.” Read More
“It was like watching a telenovela with the extreme over acting and totally unnecessary characters. All of the charm from the original has been wiped clean.”
“'Love Never Dies' is a maddeningly misguided sequel to 'Phantom of the Opera'...skip out on this fatally flawed follow-up. ”
“...still missing, despite the rewrites and the four librettists now listed in the show's credits, is a gripping narrative, notably at the start.”
The Oakland Press
“Love may never die, but it’s time for this tale to be put to an eternal rest.”
Love Never Dies draws its last breath
Most reports state Webber blames his prostate cancer for the failed production. This article states LND was “unable to shake off the stigma of its trouble opening”... we disagree on both fronts.
It turns out Love does die after all
“Webber’s production has been the centre of controversy since it opened, with Phantom of the Opera fans creating a Facebook group and website, loveshoulddie.com, criticising the show.”
Love Never Dies (but the West End Musical has)
“Love Never Dies, which has divided fans and critics throughout its brief history, will close in London's West End in August after just under 18 months playing at the Adelphi Theatre.”
Phantom Sequel to Close in London
Love Never Dies was “...revised and re-revised but never caught fire like its predecessor, which is about to celebrate 25 years in the West End.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber show to shutter
“Love Never Dies...has failed to live up to its title. The London show will shutter Aug. 27 after just 18 months.”
Love Never Dies to close in August
Love Never Dies, “...after substantial rewrites...failed to perform at the box office”
Love Never Dies to Close in London
A new theatre production to take over at the Adelphi in November. “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show will close - the cast will be given details over the next few days...”
Love Never Dies...but it’s hurting
Is the end in sight? “Love Never Dies running in the West End, even though it has lost £4million and stands little chance of recouping its costs.”
Bitterness lives on over Love Never Dies
Original director for Love Never Dies Jack O’Brien confirms bad blood with Webber. When asked if LND will arrive in NY he responds: “Over my dead body!”
Shadow over Phantom Sequel - Campaign Exposed?
A plot to derail the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera has been exposed in Melbourne. Producer is up in arms!
Love Should Die fans get their wish!
The New York Times reports Love Should Die fans will "get their wish" to see Love Never Dies close..."for a few days anyways".
A Love-Hate Relationship with Phantom
Canadian press weigh in on the Love Should Die campaign after speaking with several members of the internal LSD Team
Charles Heart to join the failing creative LND team
Daily Mail reports Charles Heart ‘has tinkered with some of the lyrics in Love Never Dies” while “Bill Kenwright will help put right some of its problems, which include the much-troubled ending.”
Love Never Dies to close for 4 days for revamp!
Webber confirms LND will close for 4 days in November 2010 in order to incorporate new direction from a new creative team. New lyrics are also being introduced. No mention of plot changes.
Phantom fans say Love Should Die
“The Victorian Government's decision to bring it to Melbourne has left some wondering why taxpayers should fund a stage show that no-one else wants.”
Toronto & Australia Theatre Patrons Next Victims!
Webber confirms script will be rewritten for Toronto & Australian productions. Two different creative teams will be hired to spearhead the revamped show. Best production moves to NY.
No ‘Love’ Lost on Broadway
"Lord Bonkers" will NOT bring Love Never Dies to Broadway! The feud between O'Brien/Mitchell and ALW continues while the production fails in London.
Trouble at the Coney Island Box Office?
Speculations about Love Never Dies not planning on coming to Broadway for the 2011 season.
The Timmons and LSD Team issue statements
Responses to the DAILY TELEGRAPH article that the Really Useful Group has chosen to bring to the attention of its followers via Facebook and Twitter
Phans targeted by Webber in the hopes of disabling LSD
RUG feeling threatened by the LSD Campaign, targets loyal Phantom of the Opera phans in a public smear campaign
Webber receives flack for shamelessly advertising!
More outcries from the general public upset with the BBC and Webber for advertising LOVE NEVER DIES on public paid TV.
Broadway Cast recognize the absurdity of the sequel during a live performance!
LND cast upset with pre-opening negative fan buzz!
"How can they feel such passionate hatred for something? If they use their resources and energy for something useful, think of what could have happened."
Webber fined £20,000 for LND paint job
Illegally painting the Adelphi Theatre black. Article also mentions LND "opened last month to some of the most sour notices in theatre history."
Meg Toplessness is A-OKAY?
Summer Strallen justifies Meg Giry's toplessness in LOVE NEVER DIES thus: "The boys love it and it gives them a little treat."
False Advertisements for LND!
Critic notes quotation "the theatrical event of the year" used on LOVE NEVER DIES' recent advertisements is "nowhere to be found.”
Media recognizes Phans causing BWAY delay!
Media report, "general discontent expressed in the online postings by "Phantom" fans" is causing the delay in the Broadway release of LND.
NYTimes speculates reasons behind BWAY LND Delay!
ALW "reported feeling well and did not complain of post-treatment problems" last month. NYTimes believes LND is delayed so ALW could overhaul it.
LND Creative Team talk negatively about the show
It obviously looks as if they know something is a miss. Choreographer Mitchell states, "Now I'm working...on Love Never Dies, which some might say is a step down for me..."
Webber contradicts himself: Not Phantom? Is Phantom?
LND "doesn't have any reference to the old phantom of the opera other than the 4 characters." Moments later, he states he didn't use "very much from the old show"... Shall we remind him? 4 characters, the plot references and all those song samples. Beyond that, utterly stand-alone - right?
Trouble on Coney Island?
ALW threatened to shut down LND during previews and he had some "dark days" after the "devastating" reviews...
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