The New York Times
October 22, 2010
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‘Phantom’ Sequel Going Underground While Changes Are Made
Detractors of the “Phantom of the Opera” sequel, “Love Never Dies” — it has a few — who would like to see that Andrew Lloyd Webber musical shut down are about to get their wish, for a few days anyway. The West End production of “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi Theater will close from Nov. 22 through Nov. 25 while its producers make changes to the show, the Web site Official London Theater reported.
In a statement at that site, Mr. Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group says, “Some changes were written up over the summer and destined for the Australian production, and as they make improvements to the show we’d be mad not to put them into the Adelphi.”
The statement did not describe those changes, but The Daily Mail of London reported that the lyricist Charles Hart, who worked with Mr. Lloyd Webber on the original “Phantom” as well as “Aspects of Love,” reworked some lyrics for “Love Never Dies,” and that the theater producer Bill Kenwright “will help put right some of its problems, which include the much-troubled ending.”
The Australian production of “Love Never Dies” is scheduled to open in Melbourne in May; its Broadway production has been indefinitely postponed from spring 2011.