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Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

28 May 2011 Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party photos and story; MiSociety

Love Never Dies - Andrew Lloyd Webber praises Australian Premier production for fulfulling his dream
Christine Daae is now ten years older and so is the rest of the world including those who witnessed her first encounter with ‘The Phantom’.  Ten years on the plot has thickened with Christine now an unhappy wife and but dotting mother of a ten year old boy.  The Phantom is now the master of a freakish circus show with his undying love for Christine stronger than ever.

‘Love Never Dies’ has composer Andrew Lloyd Webber interweaving into this bazaar storyline some extraordinary stage wizardry, loads of ‘Phantomy’ musical orchestrations and fantastical costumes as the sequel to the global box office megahit ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

Gabriela Tylesova designed sets and costumes transported us from the Regent Theatre to somewhere in time between a warped reality and a dark and fractured dream.  Stage-set upon stage-set swept us back and forth from Christine’s dressing room, to Madam Giry’s office, up upon towering balconies then into the realms of blazing colour and the crazy energy of this unusual circus.

Anna O’Byrne, as the torn and tortured Christine Daae, by her performance in ‘Love Never Dies’, has confirmed her place as a rising star of note.  Ben Lewis, as the disquieting ‘Phantom’ mark II, was admirable in conveying the grand scale of the character and with time will likely settle to make this role his own.

‘Love Never Dies’ on this opening night drew a standing ovation with the cast curtain call headed by an emotional….

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Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Anna O'Byrne (Christine Daae)

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Adam Rennie (cast member) and Chrystal De Grussa - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Adam Rennie (cast member) and Chrystal De Grussa

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Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Anna O'Byrne (Christine Daae)

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Barry Humphries and Geoffrey Rush - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Barry Humphries and Geoffrey Rush

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Ben Elton Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Ben Elton

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Bill Stephens (Showbuzz) and Robyn Lucas Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Bill Stephens (Showbuzz) and Robyn Lucas

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Cirque Mystique Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Cirque Mystique

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Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

Coney Island carousel

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Dean Drieberg with Clint Drieberg (2UE Sydney) - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Dean Drieberg with Clint Drieberg (2UE Sydney)

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Ellen Simpson (cast) and Liz Stiles - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Ellen Simpson (cast) and Liz Stiles

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Felicity Selkirk with Tim Holding, Shadow Treasurer of Victoria - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Felicity Selkirk with Tim Holding, Shadow Treasurer of Victoria

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Jon Nichols and Gerry Connolly - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Jon Nichols and Gerry Connolly

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Kylie Clarke and Rachael Preobrajensky - Love Never Dies wigmakers - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Kylie Clarke and Rachael Preobrajensky - Love Never Dies wigmakers

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Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

Love Never Dies banner

Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

Marina Santos and Veronica Castro - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photos Marina Santos and Veronica Castro

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Nick Christo, Theresa Famularo (amazing feathered tie) Will Sheehan - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Nick Christo, Theresa Famularo (amazing feathered tie) Will Sheehan

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Premier of VIC, Ted Baillieu with his wife Robyn Baillieu - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Premier of VIC, Ted Baillieu with his wife Robyn Baillieu

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Kristy Mackenzie (cast) - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Kristy Mackenzie (cast)

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Ruby Bourne with her dad Shane Bourne - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Ruby Bourne with her dad Shane Bourne

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Sam Lemann - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Sam Lemann

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Tod Strike (cast) and Kirby Burgess - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Tod Strike (cast) and Kirby Burgess

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Wonder Wheel atLove Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Wonder Wheel

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Tod Strike (cast) and Kirby Burgess - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Tod Strike (cast) and Kirby Burgess

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Lisa Robbins, Geoffrey Devine, Sue Wilkinson, Liam Quinn, David Hunt (Joy Radio) - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party Melbourne

photo Lisa Robbins, Geoffrey Devine, Sue Wilkinson, Liam Quinn, David Hunt (Joy Radio)

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Kurtis Papadinis and Trent Heath who both play Gustave - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Kurtis Papadinis and Trent Heath who both play Gustave

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Emma J Hawkins (Fleck) and Stephanie Grigg (cast) - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Emma J Hawkins (Fleck) and Stephanie Grigg (cast)

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Coney Island trapeze artist - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Coney Island trapeze artist

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Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Coney Island jazz band

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Barry Humphries - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Barry Humphries

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Derryn Hinch and Chanel Hinch - Love Never Dies Opening Night and After Party

photo Derryn Hinch and Chanel Hinch

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Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Webber wholeheartedly declared “this was the finest production of any work of mine I have ever seen” going on to admit that “unlike the previous production in London this show fulfills my original dream for ‘Love Never Dies’. The Lord Webber then called for an Immigration Lawyer from the audience as he jovially contemplated making Australia home.

Love Never Dies After Party at the Sofitel Melbourne
Coney Island plays a major role in ‘Love Never Dies’ so what better themed backdrop for a huge shindig for the 1500 invited guests to party at.

Amazing giant and garish circus posters from a faded past lined the walls here as carousel ponies mechanically whizzed by, cavorting circus acts mingled and a daring lady on a flying trapeze whirled overhead. A jazz band trumpeted up the crowd in one space while in another huge area live honky tonk music set the scene there. Fairy floss, paper bagged fish and chips, pies, hot dogs and ice creams delighted the big kids and proved good fillers to help soak up the fizz.

Melbourne’s who’s who party crowd descended for this do including several politicians, AFL players, musicians, actors (and a few would be ones) along with a surprising number of familiar Sydney ‘spies’. Stunning show and a humdinger of a ‘bigtop’ party.

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