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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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.Share
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