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Phantom Phriday – Love Never Dies: Yay or Nay?

As any Phan knows, Love Never Dies is the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. While all Phans love the original Phantom, we seem to stand divided on thoughts about LND. There are those of us who love it and those of us who hate it.

Then there are those Phans like me who are kind of in the middle ground. Let me explain. While I find the storyline for LND totally ridiculous, I absolutely love the music (all except for that ridiculous Bathing Beauty. I mean, come on, guys. Can you really see the Phantom, a musical genius, dumbing down his art, his precious music, to write such a silly song? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Lol.)

Not to mention that PHANTASTIC set! I had the pleasure of seeing LND at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, also simply referred to by us TN natives as TPAC, in Nashville, and let me tell you. It was so amazing! The props were out of this world and looked really impressive up on stage. The performance was truly one of the best that I’d ever been to – despite my qualms with the storyline.

So I’m interested in how many of my blog followers are Phans of LND. Please cast you votes in the poll below.

Also, have you seen the show performed live? If so, please feel free to share your experiences below in the comments.

Have a PHANTASTIC Phriday!

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6 thoughts on “Phantom Phriday – Love Never Dies: Yay or Nay?

  1. I’m right there with you on music v. plotline (and especially “Bathing Beauty.” Good lord above).

    I saw LND in our city and loathed the guy who played the lead (he was the alternate/swing/some damned thing, and he was dreadful). It was the first and only time I’ve ever walked out after a show *angry.* Seriously. He couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket (and I can’t even be bothered to remember his name, LOL.) My overall response was “How dare this pitchy, herky-jerky twerp think he can play a musical genius?” The rest of the cast was brilliant, and the sets were great … but overall I’m still left cold.

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  2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show!! I have seen it 17 times and have tickets for 10 more performances! Bronson Norris Murphy is phenomenal as the Phantom and the rest of the cast is stellar!! Another masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber!!!

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  3. Prefer the original London production but the sets could have been better, I saw the set from Germany. That one is stunning and the Peacock dress from Australia {not sure if they still use that or not}, I was on the floor when I saw that.

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  4. I’m embarrassed to say that I used to like the show. But as I went through college and watched it again I just noticed different the characters were and the plot dates Really don’t match up with the musical. And some of the music is so dumb down the instrumentals are absolutely beautiful that’s the only thing that I can give this stupid musical. What I really liked about the original it was the darker type of music and, I know the characters rent really developed in the original musical but you could still feel it they were real. Really don’t match up with the musical. And some of the music is so dumb down the instrumentals are absolutely beautiful that’s the only thing that I can give this stupid musical. What I really liked about the original it was the darker type of music and, I know the characters rent really developed in the original musical but you could still feel it they were real.
    Costumes are absolutely gorgeous. And as I said the instrumentals are as well I just hate the lyrics of the songs because I find them like something that a middle school he would write to his first crush LOL. And I talk to a lot of people and I’m happy to say that I’m not alone on that statement. The songs could’ve have been written better but,The only thing that gets me is the characters that’s the thing that makes me mad the most. I Kinda like Christine better in this one..I found her quite annoying in the original but I found her tolerable. But I kind of love how she took up for herself more. Her costumes are gorgeous.

    The phantom, well I always call him the emasculated version. He just doesn’t seem as dangerous as he once was sure he threatens Christine with killing the kid but he just doesn’t seem the same like he was and I know it’s been 10 years but hell he still pulling the same shit by tricking her and trying to make her love him and then he gets away with lying to her again. Basically, he’s just not the same and I really cannot stomach him basically Ben Lewis’s voice and Ramin’s made him more tolerable with their beautiful voices. Those two men had some great acting. The biggest question that I would like to ask .. hm.. Why the heck is he in a circus?! I could tell he probably wanted to be one of the freaks because that’s how he considers his self but why would he go back to something that tormented him for so many years. I found that quite mind boggling.

    Meg, I must admit I do have a spot in my heart for Meg x Erik…I know that’s not a popular couple but at least she acts more mature than Christine.. in the Original of course. I know the London version of her is way different than Her Australian counterpart but, I would’ve loved to see more of her with her struggle to make the phantom see her for who she is. I did feel sorry for her and I understood what she might have gone through and what she has sacrificed only for the phantom to act Like he does not even notice her. Personally, it broke my heart seeing her character be torn into shreds. It just didn’t seem like her. I picture her being a brave character at the ending of the original musical. And just seeing her fall apart it just didn’t sit right with me in this musical. I would’ve least have some moments where Meg and the phantom actually talked with each other…And actually see if they have any chemistry instead of this makeshift romance that she developed for him. She could’ve been developed more. But watching her sink into madness it just was just heartbreaking.
    And of course the story has some lazy Storytelling to boot. Don’t even get me started on lazy way of getting Christine with the phantom.. ah… let’s see oh yes let’s make Raoul abusive and on top of that make him a drunk and let’s gamble his money away. I know aristocrats weren’t really all that nice people back then but still, Raoul Doesn’t seem the type that would abuse someone nor drink sure he probably drinks on a few occasions. But, am I the only one that thinks that is the most laziest storytelling ever. I just hate how his character was so dragged through the mud and I do get sick of reading it in books as well. But, I know he wasn’t really much of a character in the book and he was much more of a prick yet he had a nice heart. But still I just can’t picture him using Christine the way he did. I could tell that he still loved her in Love Never Dies. And I can picture him being a little bit jealous that he cannot touch Christine in a way that the phantom did by sharing her love of music. I just can’t basically picture him like this and besides rich people were all about reputation and they weren’t openly abusive. It was all about image back then when it comes to aristocratic lives. But, there are other ways to get Christine with the phantom and I just wish this trope not used often and phantom novels and of course this musical.

    I still have a soft spot for beauty underneath. I have to say that’s where it almost feels like the original even though it does have this 80s rock feel. For being in the early 1900s LOL 😂But I do love the cinematography and of course all of the weird stuff that goes on.

    The kid, I know he has a name but I was not invested with his character because he was not really needed in the musical. I found him rather annoying and, he just did not really need to be inserted. He was just there just to quilt Christine Into being in a relationship with the phantom again..

    As I said this could’ve had so much potential but, it has a week storyline and characters Act if they have not learned her lesson from the first musical. The characters are basically other people from their Counterparts from the original. I don’t know why I keep comparing it to the original. It is rare that a sequel is good. But phantom was just fine on it’s own without having a sequel to explain what happens I like to think of it it could leave the audience to figure out what happens after counterparts from the original. I don’t know why I keep comparing it to the original. It is rare that a sequel is good. But phantom was just fine on it’s own without having a sequel to explain what happens I like to think of it it could leave the audience to figure out what happens after Christine leaves.

    This sequel is not for me and I do not have any wish to go see it live. I do hope that someone will give the phantom a sequel that it truly deserves an actually done right. Which that’s the reason why I love reading the books. Done by so many fantastic authors I know some have a lazy storytelling basically telling the same story as love never dies..But, you really have to look there are really some diamonds out there. As I said love never dies as I shit never dries or paint never dries.. it just is not my cuppa tea. I did like it when I was younger I guess that was when I was more in a sent to the storyline. But going back into it it just not hold up. I can see why other people like it calling it better than the original which I highly don’t see but we have all different opinion.

    But, I’m actually happy that people enjoy it when I cannot that they see something that I cannot see. I basically see a storyline that is utterly ridiculous and a sequel that is totally unneeded

    But I don’t regret watching it for the costumes or the instrumentals that’s the only good part. For me that is 😁😁😁😁

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    1. Thanks for your very detailed post, Carlene! 😉 🤗 I agree with much of what you say. I do love the music (most of it), the costumes and the set, though. I will agree that there is a lot wrong with the story and timeline.

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