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http://www.reallyuseful.com/news/love-never-dies-australian-cast-announcement
It seems that Christine and the Phantom have both been cast... Ben Lewis and Anna O’Byrne. Both very unknown, I wonder what this will have for the musical. Hopefully they'll be stunning!


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More of the casting was in a small story in the paper yesterday. Sharon Millerchip as Meg, Maria Mercedes as Madame Giry...And I've forgotten the name of Raoul...


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The role of Roal is to be played by Simon Gleeson. and I have my ticket for June 3rd(my Birthday)


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I'm going next Tuesday! Very excited! :3


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So the musical has opened in Australia, and reviews are ticking in. As a general rule, they're all immensely proud of how the Australian production is a vast improvement on the London one. The design is what makes it an eventual hit. The Aussie cast is also highly praised. However, they all point out the weak storyline and the bad lyrics, and some even pick on the score. The unmotivated change in the character's personality is also very much commented upon.

So basically, same as in London: a nice spectacle over thin material. This is what 90% of the London reviewers said. Why wasn't this fixed for Australia? Why wasn't the lyrics re-written? Why wasn't the story seriously overhauled? C'mon, ALW... If you're serious about this musical going to Broadway, you need to kill your darlings. It's not just "a handful of sad phans" who points out these flaws, it's also professional reviewers on three continents (no-one has forgotten the butchering from the US press, right?). Get real. Now.


At its heart, Love Never Dies has no heart. It is a hollow spectacle, grandly distracting but unengaging, lacking depth, drama and genuine emotion. As The Phantom sings at one point, “Diamonds never sparkle bright/If they aren’t set just right.” Here the setting is perfect, but the diamond is revealed to be glass.
http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-artic ... ies-184155


When I wrote about the show earlier this year, I said that there needs to be severe script and music revisions for the show to work. It is almost beyond comprehension that with all the great technical and direction work that has gone in to the show, the actual script, songs and structure of the show remains much the same. (...) Likewise the paper thin story and the utterly unconvincing melodramatic and ridiculous final scene (which brought giggles from many people around me) is still there and the actors excellent as they are, can only serve the hysteria of this scene.
http://www.aussietheatre.com.au/index.p ... &Itemid=58


An inspired, often ravishing production for sure, though of a sequel that doesn’t make a strong enough musical or narrative argument for its own existence.
http://eightnightsaweek.blogspot.com/20 ... -dies.html


The best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies is still a missed opportunity. It toys half-heartedly with domestic melancholia. (...) Love Never Dies provides several of those rush moments, but doesn't quite connect the starry dots.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/ar ... 6065084717


“In my mind I hear melodies pure and unearthly, but I find I can’t give them a voice without you,” the masked one seethes in the opening scene. He is grotesquely mortal now, stripped of the alchemy, the hypnotic allure, of the original. Much like this sequel.
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/curtaincall/ ... eedfetcher


Whatever the problem was with the original Love Never Dies in London, Andrew Lloyd Webber has fixed it. The Australian production is spectacular. (...) It will be interesting to see how the Australian theatre critics write-up ‘Love Never Dies’ over the coming week. Theatre purists that I spoke with after the show were the most critical but casual theatre goers who generally attend rock concerts absolutely loved it.
http://www.undercover.fm/news/14910-and ... never-dies


It's something easily forgotten, but a key strength of Andrew Lloyd Webber's original production was the storyline adapted from Gaston Leroux. The basic plot of the Phantom and his love for the talented ingénue Christine is a timeless mix of horror and romance (...). As evidenced even in this brief synopsis, Love Never Dies has placed a creative bet each way. The characters have literally moved on from the world of Phantom, but the story still strives to push them into situations that will replicate the winning formula. This might have worked if the characters were as strongly motivated as before, but instead they feel driven by the needs of a sequel (...), it looks suspiciously like Love Never Dies is simply cannibalising its parent.
http://www.au.timeout.com/melbourne/the ... never-dies


A bigger problem is the unsatisfying story. There are unnecessary red herrings and too many villains. Madame Giry's role in the tale keeps changing, Meg's jealous rage is surprising -- even unlikely -- and there is little evidence of any history of love between Raoul and Christine. A duet for the couple is sorely missed. (...) While Love Never Dies sets a visual design standard that will be difficult to surpass, it is disappointing that the narrative and music fail to reach the same lofty heights.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainme ... 6065442883

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I wonder if they will do a cast recording? There are supposed to be a number of new songs and changes.


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No word has been said on a cast recording, Erin James said one was unlikely to occur.


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