Phantom of the Opera sequel revealed
Back in May of this year - well it's only this year for a short time now, after this day is through it's 2009! - I wrote about Andrew Lloyd Webber revealing that he was creating a sequel to Phantom of the Opera, now he's revealed the title and a few details behind the story.
However fans of the film version will have to wait, because first up is the stage show, and while we might not have to wait as long as we did for the first film after the stage show started, we could wait until it's mopped up on the theatre runs.
Back in May 2008 Andrew Lloyd Webber said:
"I have got my own new show coming on next year, which is my sequel to the Phantom of the Opera, which I think is going to be called Phantom: Once Upon Another Time...But that will come on in November next year, probably, if everything goes well."
Well the title has turned out to be Phantom: Love Never Dies with the story is to be set a decade after the original story and moved to Coney Island in Brooklyn, that's a fair leap from the Paris Opéra. Oh, and the object of affection Christine will return.
The big question though is who will be playing the lead? IESB who have the title, have the quote from Webber that reveals that they already have a Phantom in mind for the stage show:
“We are pretty clear who our Phantom is going to be - I can't say who”
Speculation does leap to Gerard Butler, but I can't really believe he'd take to the musical stage run for the show, but I could definitely see him reprising the role on screen should it ever come to a film, which let's face it, it will.
The plans for the stage show are to open in New York, London and some Asian city with the three companies all rehearsing at the same time and opening times running extremely close to each other.
Now think on that for a moment, it's the stage equivalent of a fast track, I wonder if they're going to race forward to the film as well?
Would you like to see the sequel adapted to film? Have someone in mind for the stage show lead, or more importantly should Butler return for the film from his memorable role in The Phantom of the Opera?