Phantom Sequel To Open On Three Continents
In an article in Times Online, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed his intention to open the sequel to the most successful stage musical of all time, The Phantom of the Opera, simultaneously on three continents; a feat unheard of in the theatre industry.
To be titled “Phantom: Love Never Dies”, the show will be set a decade after the time-frame of the original production on Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, where at the time Lloyd Webber notes “people who were freaks and oddities were drawn towards it because it was a place where they could be themselves”.
Lloyd Webber will premiere the Phantom sequel at the end of 2009 with three casts performing in London, New York and an Asian city, rumoured to be Shanghai.
Casting and theatres are yet to be announced, but the question on everyone’s lips is who will play the Phantom, or should we say Phantoms? Leading contenders include Gerard Butler who played the role in the 2004 film adaptation and People Magazine’s sexiest man alive Hugh Jackman, who won a Tony Award for his work in the musical The Boy From Oz.
My bet’s on Hugh Jackman, hopefully on Broadway, supported by just a little bit of Aussie patriotism 🙂