Love Never Dies,
the anticipated sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's global smash The Phantom of the Opera, will open in London in March 2010, followed by a New York bow the following November.
Oct. 8 marks the on-sale ticket date for the world premiere London bow at the Adelphi Theatre, which begins performances Feb. 20, 2010, prior to an official opening March 9. According to an Oct. 8 press announcement, Love Never Dies
will arrive on Broadway Nov. 11, 2010 at a theatre that has already been booked but is still to be announced, according to the show's director, Jack O'Brien. It will also premiere in Australia in 2011; and Lloyd Webber did not rule out other territories and cities receiving productions around the same time.
Lloyd Webber's production company, The Really Useful Group, also announced that the album for Love Never Dies
was completed in September and will be released on March 10, 2010, following the London premiere.
The score is written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the lyrics are by Glenn Slater (currently represented in London by his lyrics to Alan Menken's music for Sister Act, and who also previously collaborated with Menken on additional songs for Broadway's The Little Mermaid), and the book is jointly the work of Lloyd Webber, Ben Elton and Slater, with director O'Brien also making contributions.
At a press event held Oct. 8 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, where the original production of The Phantom of the Opera
celebrates its 23rd birthday Oct. 9, Andrew Lloyd Webber introduced the two leads of Love Never Dies,
Ramin Karimloo (who is currently playing the title role of The Phantom in London, through Nov. 7, and will play the same role again) and Sierra Boggess (who will play Christine, a role she previously played in the premiere of Phantom – the Las Vegas Spectacular in 2007). Karimloo introduced a song from the show, "Till I Hear You Sing Once More."