The Story
Love Never Dies
Music
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Lyrics
GLENN SLATER

Book
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, GLENN SLATER, BEN ELTON & FREDERICK FORSYTH
The world's greatest love story continues... From the Gothic surrounds of the Paris Opera House to the dazzling heights of New York's Coney Island - the Phantom Of The Opera returns. This new musical reunites the masked Phantom with his only true love and musical protegee, the stunning beauty Christine Daae. With Madame Giry's help the Phantom escaped the Paris mobs to build a glittering new empire in the new world. For ten long years the Phantom has hidden himself amongst the freaks and sideshows nursing his broken heart and yearning for his true love to return. And now... Blinded by money and the bright lights of Coney Island - Christine, with Raoul and their son Gustave, is lured to America to perform one final time. But Christine soon discovers the true identity of the mysterious impresario who has tempted her across the Atlantic. As old wounds are reopened and forgotten memories unlocked, The Phantom sets out to prove that, indeed, Love Never Dies.

PHOTOS
Original London Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Ramin Karimloo performing an excerpt of 'Till I Hear You Sing' from the original London production.

MUSIC
'Til I Hear You Sing
Ramin Karimloo
Original London Cast Recording

THE STORY

PROLOGUE

At Coney Island, Madame Giry reminisces about Phantasma, the former "City of Wonders" ("Prologue"). Among the performers mentioned on posters are Meg Giry, the "Ooh La La Girl", and Christine Daa?, "the soprano of the century". Fleck, Squelch and Gangle, the freaks of Phantasma, goad Giry to "remember how it was". Giry goes into a reverie about Coney in its heyday ("The Coney Island Waltz"). Fleck blames Madame Giry for "what happened back then".


ACT ONE

Ten years after the events at the Paris Opera, a group of vacationers arrive at Phantasma speculating about its reclusive, masked owner, Mr. Y. Meg Giry, Christine Daa?'s friend from the Paris Opera, is a performer with Madame Giry at her side. She and the performers of Phantasma win the crowd over with their performance of "Only for You". Giry tells Meg how wonderfully she performed.

The Phantom is Mr. Y, the creator and owner of Phantasma ("The Aerie"). In a tower above the park he has an automaton that resembles Christine. He still longs to be reunited with her ("Til I Hear You Sing"). Meg presses the Phantom for feedback on her performance, but he dismisses her. Madame Giry is irritated by the Phantom's continued obsession with Christine after all the help she has given him over the years ("Giry Confronts the Phantom/Til I Hear You Sing" (reprise)). She and Meg smuggled him from Paris. He was hired by a sideshow and made it what it is now with money raised by Giry and Meg. When Giry exclaims how Christine betrayed the Phantom, he orders her to leave. He considers how he will get Christine back.

Three months later, Christine, Raoul and their ten-year-old son Gustave arrive in New York and are met by crowds of paparazzi. They are greeted by the freaks, who arrive by horse and carriage to take them to Coney Island (?Are you ready to begin??). Raoul is angry at the reception and upsets Gustave by not playing with him. As Raoul leaves to go drinking, Christine tells Gustave to ?Look with your heart? to try and help him understand. Gustave goes to bed, and the Phantom arrives to recount a night of passion they shared the night before her wedding (?Beneath a Moonless Sky?). They recall that ?Once upon another time? they thought their love had a chance of succeeding. Gustave wakes up screaming from a nightmare and meets the Phantom for the first time as Mr. Y ("Mother Please, I'm Scared!"). The Phantom promises to show Gustave more of Phantasma.

In the rehearsal studio for Phantasma, Meg is surprised and jealous to learn that Christine will be singing. Raoul encounters Giry and discovers that the Phantom invited Christine to sing ("Dear Old Friend"). The freaks bring Gustave to the Aerie where he is greeted by the Phantom. Gustave plays a melody on the piano that leads the Phantom to suspect he is Gustave's father ("Beautiful"). The Phantom questions Gustave and finds they are kindred spirits. He unmasks himself, believing Gustave will accept him ("The Beauty Underneath"), but Gustave is horrified and screams. Christine comforts Gustave and, when pressed by the Phantom, confesses that Gustave is his son ("The Phantom Confronts Christine"). The Phantom declares that everything he owns will go to him. Having overheard everything, a furious Giry fears all her work over the years has been for nothing.


ACT TWO

In a dingy bar, Raoul contemplates his relationship with Christine ("Why Does She Love Me?"). He is joined by Meg who tells him he is in "Suicide Hall", the place "where people end up when they don't know where else to go." Meg swims each day to wash away the stress of working. She tells Raoul that he must leave with Christine and Gustave. Raoul says he is not afraid of the Phantom, who has been behind the bar. As soon as Meg leaves, the Phantom reveals himself and they make a bet: if Christine does not sing, Raoul may leave with Christine and Gustave. Otherwise, Raoul must leave alone. The Phantom leads Raoul to question Gustave's paternity ("Devil Take the Hindmost").

The holiday makers are enjoying the last day of the season ("Heaven By the Sea" reprise) when a hot air balloon lands on the beach. Fleck, Squelch and Gangle appear to advertise Christine's appearance at Phantasma ("Ladies ... Gents!/The Coney Island Waltz" (reprise)). That night, Meg performs a strip-tease about her choice of swimming costumes, going topless at one point ("Bathing Beauty"). The audience goes crazy for Meg, but Giry tells Meg that the Phantom did not watch the performance and it was for nothing ("Mother, Did You Watch?").

"Before the Performance", Gustave explores backstage, while Raoul asks Christine to leave with him if she loves him. As Raoul leaves, the Phantom enters and tells Christine that Raoul's love is not enough and that she must sing for him. In her dressing room, Christine recalls the Opera where she had to decide between Raoul and the Phantom. Giry, Raoul and the Phantom wonder whether Christine will sing ("Devil Take The Hindmost" (reprise)). Christine performs an aria for the crowd, as Raoul and the Phantom watch ("Love Never Dies"). Raoul leaves as Christine finishes to thunderous applause. Christine is greeted by the Phantom and a letter from Raoul informing her of his departure ("Ah Christine"). Gustave is missing, and she becomes worried ("Gustave, Gustave"). The Phantom suspects Giry and threatens her. Fleck notes that she was passing Meg's dressing room when she noticed the mirror had been smashed and saw Meg dragging a small figure away. The Phantom believes he knows where Meg took him.

At Suicide Hall, Meg prepares to drown Gustave, when the others confront her. She holds up a gun so the Phantom will listen as she reveals that the resources Giry has afforded him came from Meg's working as a prostitute to influential men. The Phantom tries to get the gun, but in the confusion Meg accidentally shoots Christine. Christine reveals to Gustave that the Phantom is his father. She tells the Phantom that her love for him will never die. They have one final kiss, and she dies in his arms. The Phantom hands the body of Christine to Meg and comforts Gustave, who unmasks him. The show ends with Meg cradling Christine in her arms and Gustave accepting the Phantom as his father.

LIBRETTO

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP, ANDRE PTASZYNSKI
Direction JACK O'BRIEN
Musical Staging JERRY MITCHELL
Orchestrations DAVID CULLEN & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Scenic Design BOB CROWLEY
Costume Design BOB CROWLEY
Lighting Design PAULE CONSTABLE
Sound Design MICK POTTER
Cast
The Phantom RAMIN KARIMLOO
Christine Daa? SIERRA BOGGESS
Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny JOSEPH MILLSON
Madame Giry LIZ ROBERTSON
Meg Giry SUMMER STRALLEN
Fleck NIAMH PERRY
Squelch ADAM PEARCE
Gangle JAMI REID-QUARRELL
Gustave JACK BLASS, HARRY CHILD, TYLER FAGAN, ALEXANDER HOCKADAY, RICHARD LINNELL, CHARLIE MANTON, KAISUN RAJ
MUSICAL NUMBERS
PROLOGUE

PrologueMadame Giry, Fleck
The Coney Island WaltzThe Orchestra
That's The Place That You Ruined, You Fool!Madame Giry, Fleck


ACT ONE

Heaven By The SeaEnsemble
Only For Him/ Only For YouMeg Giry, Madame Giry, Ensemble
The AerieThe Orchestra
'Til I Hear You SingThe Phantom
Giry Confronts The Phantom/ 'Til I Hear You Sing (Reprise)Meg Giry, Madame Giry, The Phantom
Christine DisembarksRaoul, Gustave, Ensemble
Arrival Of The Trio - "Are You Ready To Begin?"Fleck, Gangle, Squelch, Raoul, Gustave, Ensemble
What A Dreadful Town!...Christine Daa?, Raoul, Gustave
Look With Your HeartChristine Daa?, Gustave
Beneath A Moonless SkyChristine Daa?, The Phantom
Once Upon Another TimeChristine Daa?, The Phantom
Mother Please, I'm Scared!Gustave, Christine Daa?, The Phantom
Dear Old FriendMeg Giry, Madame Giry, Christine Daa?, Raoul, Gustave, Ensemble
BeautifulGustave, Fleck, Gangle, Squelch, The Phantom
The Beauty UnderneathThe Phantom, Gustave
The Phantom Confronts ChristineThe Phantom, Christine Daa?, Madame Giry


ACT TWO

Entr'acteThe Orchestra
Why Does She Love Me?Raoul, Meg Giry, Ensemble
Devil Take The HindmostRaoul, The Phantom
Heaven By The Sea (Reprise)Ensemble
Ladies... Gents!/The Coney Island Waltz (Reprise)Fleck, Gangle, Squelch, Ensemble
Bathing BeautyMeg Giry, Fleck, Gangle, Squelch, Ensemble
Mother, Did You Watch?Meg Giry, Madame Giry
Before The PerformanceChristine Daa?, Raoul, Gustave, The Phantom
Devil Take The Hindmost (Quartet)Gustave, Raoul, The Phantom, Madame Giry, Meg Giry, Ensemble
Love Never DiesChristine Daa?
Ah Christine!The Phantom, Christine Daa?, Raoul
Gustave! Gustave!Christine Daa?, The Phantom, Madame Giry, Fleck, Squelch
Please Miss Giry, I Want To Go Back...Meg Giry, Christine Daa?, The Phantom, Madame Giry, Gustave

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SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original London Production
Artworks/ Posters

Ramin Karimloo performing an excerpt of 'Till I Hear You Sing' from the original London production.
Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess and the original 2010 London cast perform excerpts from the show in this promotional video.

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