Planing a trip across the pond in the near future? Well have I got great news for you. The theatre season in London is heating up right now with several high profile projects on the horizon. First up is one of this season's most highly anticipated shows in years. I am of course talking about Love Never Dies,the sequel to Broadway's longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera. The show which has been in development for several years now is set to beginning previews on February 20 at London's Aldelphi Theatre, with an official opening set for March 9.
Leading the cast are Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess(Ariel from Broadway's The Little Mermaid) as the Phantom and Christine. According to a production source Love Never Dies,"Is set ten years after Phantom ends, The Phantom has moved from his lair in the Paris Opera House—to the fairgrounds of Coney Island. Talk about a change of scenery! It's Phantom of the Cyclone. All the major players are back, including Christine, Raoul and Madame Giry. And, taking a tip from the title, it's a good bet that the Masked One's feelings for Christine have not dimmed."
The show is expected to open this fall on Broadway with the rumored theatre being the Neil Simon. Will lighting strike twice? We shall see.
Last week I posted a blog about the glowing reviews that Legally Blonde The Musical received from the London critics. Who knew the Brits would be charmed by a smart and perky blonde from California? I sure didn't. As of right now the show is on sale thru the end of June but I expect it to be a round for the foreseeable future.
Also getting a lot of buzz is the return of Academy and Tony Award winner Jeremy Irons in The God's Weep. The show which opens on March 17 will mark Mr. Iron's first time on a London stage in twenty-three years. The show is only running thru April 3.
Quite a season so far huh? Don't forget that Applause sells tickets not only to the three shows I mentioned but every show in London. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to London and see for yourself. Who knows? You might even like it. Until next time theatre fans.
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