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Love Never Dies opening night Sydney, Capitol Theatre Haymarket

 

Love Never Dies opening night Capitol Theatre Sydney review and images; MiSociety
12 January 2012

Love Never Dies Sydney – hiccups, no knees up but still a wonder of wizardry to behold
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies Sydney opening night did not run to scrpt with technical problems involving the curtaining and lighting plaguing the show. Post one very long interval, show director Simon Phillips sat astride a front seat to outline very candidly to the audience, that it was not the perfect Sydney opening they had wished for.

Love Never Dies has had a chequered history with the London production dubbed ‘Paint Never Dries’ by a tabloid before it died a theatrical death. Andrew Lloyd Webber, at the Melbourne opening night in May 2011, proclaimed proudly then that the re-worked show was now, all that he had originally envisaged.

Having been at the Melbourne opening MiSociety was, at the time, a little perplexed with the opaque story line but hugely impressed by the spectacular staging, costuming and ‘colour’ of the production – particularly during the ‘Coney Island’ scenes.

The Phantom, after disappearing in the original ‘Phantom of the Opera’ years earlier, re-emerges in this production as Coney Island impresario ‘Mr Y’ (Ben Lewis). ‘Christine’ (Anna O’Byrne) re-appears now as a wife and mother of ten year old Gustave (played by Jack Lyall on opening night). Christine’s marital status does not impede ‘Mr Y’ from ardently continuing to pursue her.

Gabriela Tylesova’s set with it’s towering ‘Phantomesque’ mask is a spectacular framing for the kaleidoscope of metaphoric and gaudy installations on stage. As the monolithic transparent spheres housing strange morphed creatures whirled on stage for us we could not but marvel again at the wizardry behind this theatrical land of make believe.

Graeme Murphy’s serpentine choreography entwined with Tylesova’s ‘gaudeville’ costuming throws forth the fast flowing sequences and sequential high points of the show.

Love Never Dies is, thankfully, one of the few shows of late that is not a regurgitated take on a theme that is many, many decades old. It is also an enigma as a musical in that its finale does not entail the entire cast in a ‘knees up’ but a rather somber death scene.

Love Never Dies at the Capitol Theatre Sydney until April 2012.

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Todd Woodbridge with Beau Woodbridge who plays Gustave in Love Never Dies - Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies Sydney opening night

Todd Woodbridge with Beau Woodbridge who plays Gustave in Love Never Dies

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies Sydney opening night

Simon Phillips Director of Love Never Dies

Simon Phillips Director of Love Never Dies

Renae Leith, Michael Falzon, Rachael Beck - Love Never Dies opening night Sydney

Renae Leith, Michael Falzon, Rachael Beck

Love Never Dies opening night Sydney

Heidi Jeffes and Mick Webb - Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies Sydney opening night

Heidi Jeffes and Mick Webb

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies Sydney opening night

Jon English and Coralie Cameron - Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies Sydney opening night

Jon English and Coralie Cameron

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies Sydney opening night

Rachael Beck and Renae Leith - Love Never Dies opening night Sydney

Rachael Beck and Renae Leith

Love Never Dies opening night Sydney

Beau Woodbridge, Gustave in Love Never Dies, is a dab hand with the media - Love Never Dies opening night Sydney

Beau Woodbridge, Gustave in Love Never Dies, is a dab hand with the media

Love Never Dies opening night Sydney

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