I was flipping channels over the weekend when I saw Love Never Dies on HBO. I remember hearing about it being the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera so I decided to watch it.
The story happens years after Phantom and is set in New York. In the sequel Christine and Raoul are now married and have a son named Gustave. She is invited to sing in a New York amusement park and there encounters the Phantom again, who was smuggled into the US by Meg and her mother Madame Giry from Paris years before and was the reason behind the invitation to perform in New York.
It is revealed that Gustave is actually the Phantom’s son and not Raoul’s but because the boy is scared of him, the Phantom asked Christine not to tell their son the truth. Raoul, upon finding out the Phantom’s involvement in the amusement park, decides to leave and asks Christine to go with him. She however makes her choice and stays to sing for the Phantom.
Meanwhile, upon finding out that her love for the Phantom was unrequited, Meg takes Gustave and tries to drown him. The Phantom and Christine go after them and in the struggle Christine is shot. As she lays dying she reveals to Gustave that the Phantom is his real father and she dies. The musical ends with Gustave and the Phantom looking at each other face to face.
While it was nice to see what Andrew Lloyd Webber envisioned for the story of the Phantom and Christine, I was a little disappointed because it lacked the magic that the original musical had. Something felt missing. I think this may have been the reason that the Broadway version was postponed and that this did not get the run that was originally planned elsewhere.
The performers were really good, the production was beautiful and the music was amazing but there was still something missing. Maybe it's the story...maybe it just felt short for me. I don't know for sure. It was just lacking in some parts that I can't describe.
If you watched the original, you may want to watch this sequel. If not, you would probably not understand where these characters are coming from. Then again, if you loved the original, you may be a little disappointed because it just cannot compare to it.
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