Phantom of the Opera sequel will take place at Coney Island

Posted Thursday, October 8, 2009 10:35 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Andrew Lloyd Webber on Thursday announced a sequel to his massively successful "Phantom of the Opera" that will be set at Coney Island. Opening in London, "Love Never Dies" picks up a decade after the original's conclusion, and has the Phantom trading his hideout beneath the Paris opera house for the iconic Brooklyn amusement park known for its roller-coasters and hot dogs.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 10:48 AM

Is my calender wrong? Is today actually April Fools Day?

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 11:09 AM

Phantom 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 12:09 PM

Ha! Too bad Andrew Llyod Webber is about as revelvant to musical theatre as side friction coasters are to modern day amusment parks... Sounds like another flop though, the man should be pleased that with Cats and Phantom he had such hits, and just stick to revivals of what he did that worked.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 3:41 PM

Are you really irrelevant when you're swimming in cash being made on something you did 20+ years ago? I think the problem with having written something like Phantom is that it's impossible to duplicate that success, so everything he'll ever do will be deemed "not as good." Doesn't mean he's without talent.

I actually think the changes made for the Vegas version of Phantom (no intermission, chandelier crash in the second act) really improve the original. It feels more cohesive and logical.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 4:00 PM

This seriously has to be a prank right? The show is based on a book. How in the world would Eric have been able to escape from Paris France (with the whole city looking for him and knowing who he was) across to the US, get through Ellis Island (where one look at his face would have gotten him bounced for health reasons) and into the US.

It just sounds so stupid.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 4:22 PM

I bet you're really fun to see fantasy movies with. :)

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 4:55 PM

I love fantasy movies, because they confirm to their own reality. Gandalf coming back from the dead works because he is a wizzard, Harry Potter can do magic via a wand, etc. However Phantom is supposed to be "in the real world" Eric may be a master of skullduggery, a chemistry expert and know the theatre like the back of his hand but there is simply no way he makes it to New York as a disfigured man.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 5:06 PM

Jeff said:
Are you really irrelevant when you're swimming in cash being made on something you did 20+ years ago? I think the problem with having written something like Phantom is that it's impossible to duplicate that success, so everything he'll ever do will be deemed "not as good." Doesn't mean he's without talent.

I actually think the changes made for the Vegas version of Phantom (no intermission, chandelier crash in the second act) really improve the original. It feels more cohesive and logical.

I do realize that his successes landed him millions, but as you said, something 20+ years ago. Since Phantom and Cats he has had little success, as musical theatre as an art form really hit is peak in the late 80, early 90's at best. Then "The Mouse" took over 42nd St, and since we have been seeing animated movies turned live action productions. I would like to see success in this Phantom sequel, but I know that part of its initial success was that it was something bigger than just the music, the staged show is still one of the most complex and spectacular events on stage. It will be intersting to see how the Phantom eluded immiration, maybe he came to the US as a sideshow act, and thats how he ends up in Coney Island.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 5:14 PM

Please!!!!! A Phantom sequal??

How long before Disney makes a movie out of it?

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 5:15 PM

It wasnt just Phantom and Cats, dont forget he also did Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 5:18 PM

Okay, Dreamcoat was good, but Cats was overated.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 5:58 PM

You know, Phantom is amazing for its staging - but honestly other than a few memorable tunes I don't think the music is any great shakes. Les Miserables has the same problem; a handful of truly stand out numbers mixed in with a lot of crap.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 6:48 PM

Phantom of the Opera is still the best show Ive seen to date (Wicked and Jersey Boys are on the to do list) and I personally love the whole show's music (The Overture also has the honor of annually kicking off my Halloween park playlists.) Les Mis I have to agree with you on though. As for Joseph, I was in a local production as a kid so I could at one time sing that show start to finish, and I bet I probably still could.

This idea is still horrible though.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 7:12 PM

This past spring, I had a hand in a community theater production of the Full Monty (had a TON of fun building the sets, including a 1/3 rd scale version of an AMC Gramin).

That's a fun show to see. Even betterit got rave reviews in a pretty conservitive area.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 7:31 PM

Les Miserables was not his work.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 7:42 PM

No it wasnt, but people always compare it to Phantom since they came out close to each other.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 8:35 PM

And don't forget Evita, Jeeves, Tell Me on A Sunday, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, Aspects of Love... etc etc etc, but none were the hit he had with Phantom (and continues to have). Me personally, I would like to see Starlight Express come back, singers on skates long before Xanadu!

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 9:14 PM

somebody remember this thread the next time discussions of ACE nerds comes up.

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Friday, October 9, 2009 2:48 AM

Yes, I'm aware Les Mis wasn't Lloyd Webber, rather I was just using it as a comparison. Personally I much prefer musicals where the same theme ISN'T reused time and time again.

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