RYT from Seattle, Washington
WORST MUSICAL I'VE EVER BEEN TO.
I've been going to musicals for around 20 years now. This is the first one that I seriously wanted to leave at intermission. The entire play was just sung dialogue with music that had no particular melody. Not a single song that was memorable or worthy of being on a Broadway stage.
Andrew S from Seattle, Washington
70 MINUTES I'LL NEVER GET BACK
Anyone remember that episode of Friends guest-starring Gary Oldman as an established actor teaching Joey the key to being an actor? "When you enunciate, YOU SPIT." Christine and Gustav were pretty bad, but as off-key and overacting as the Phantom was, the sheer volume of saliva he flung out on everyone made me think I was at a Gallagher concert. Bring an umbrella, you will get wet on this ride. He was so bad, by about 20 minutes we were no longer wincing and we were actually trying to hold back laughter. I'm fairly certain half the theater was in the same boat as we were, as there were about a dozen moments when people erupted in laughter, and I'm convinced these were supposed to be serious moments. We couldn't even stomach the second act. During intermission when we were finishing our drinks, we had to wave the ushers who kept trying to get us back in our seats away. There's no way we were going to subject ourselves to another hour of that.
Emily from Seattle, Washington
ONE OF THE WORST SHOWS I'VE EVER SEEN
I've seen a lot of shows, and this one is not good. The set and costumes are wonderful, a macabre coney island. The songs are boring and forgettable, the story is terrible and tries to rewrite the original Phantom. People in my row were laughing, and half of the people in my seating area left at intermission. I felt embarrassed for the cast.
Mel from Seattle, Washington
It started out bad & never got better. The phantom was so out of tune, flat throughout his opening number & flat during his duet with Caroline. We didn't stay beyond that because it was shear torture. Slow moving, difficult music, just awful. The only highlights were Caoline & her son's solos. They had beautiful voices.
Brett from Seattle, Washington
Costumes and sets were fantastic. Cast were talented. The show itself was rubbish.
Bogart Canine from Los Angeles, California
LOVE NEVER DIES IS DEAD
Just saw Love Never Dies in Hollywood ( Pantages Theater) on national tour. I have seen about 100 musicals and this is the worst I have ever seen. Ridiculous story line, bad songs and coney island staging belongs on coney island. Saying that this play is bad is being very very generous. No wonder no producers would invest money to put it on Broadway, no wonder it failed in London and in Australlia. Anyone who says it is a good play are like the peasants in the Emperor's New Clothes. they just wont admit what is the real truth or they are uneducated in musical theater.
Michael Kape from Palm Springs, CA
LOVE NEVER DIES—LOUD, BORING, AWFUL
If you're expecting Phantom of the Opera in this sequel you will be sadly disappointed. THIS SHOW IS BORING. Over-amplified and loud, but boring. A ridiculous plot move the story to Coney Island 10 years later. Phantom has a son with Christine (he doesn't know it) though they never had sex in the original. Raoul is a drunk. It's a complete waste of time, with bland music and a horrible book. Over- produced with garish sets (not attractive) and really badly directed throughout. In the UK they call this show "Paint Never Dries," because that's how unexciting it is. I'm really questioning the judgment of the Pantages' artistic director for adding this to the season. Then consider next season—the worst one ever, dominated by revivals, one flop, and one moderate success. Bringing back Wicked (ugh!) is no inducement to subscribe. LND was a horrible mistake. Run as far from the Pantages while it's there.. (I'm sure this site won't allow a bad review of LND, but here it is; live with it.)
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