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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Casting News for Phantom Sequel Reveals More Plot

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 22:49

phantom.jpgPlaybill announced today that Broadway stars Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess will star as The Phantom and Christine (respectively) in both the West End and Broadway productions of the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom: Love Never Dies). Andrew Lloyd Webber seems to be excited in the casting of The Phantom and Christine: “I personally feel that what will now happen is that Sierra and Ramin will open in London early next year and then go to New York in the autumn of 2010. I think once the album comes out, hopefully before Christmas, a lot of singers will come out of the woodwork and we’ll find new Christines and Phantoms for the other productions.”Perhaps even more interesting, however, is a little more revealing information on the plot, which may have changed slightly as Webber has meticulously worked on the sequel. According to Playbill, “In 1907 New York, the mysterious ‘Maestro’ who runs the theatre at Coney Island announces a one-off concert by legendary Parisian soprano Christine Daaé. Her arrival in New York with husband Raoul, Victome de Chagny and son Gustave, and their subsequent meeting with the ‘Maestro,’ bring the cataclysmic events of 10 years earlier at the Paris Opera crashing back into all their lives.” The Phantom: Love Never Dies should be making its way to a Broadway debut in about a year. Exciting news, indeed.

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