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AWESOME MUSIC, VOCAL, CUSTOMS, SOUNDS AND LIGHTING.
If you have not experience broadway in Austin,
this is a must see show at the performance
Raj Wiener from East Lansing, Michigan
LOVE NEVER DIES
Blown away- voices, music, stage, cast, costumes, and venue all
superb. Still smiling and humming the tunes. So many careful details
pulled together. I highly recommend seeing this show while its here at
Wharton. You will leave awed and happy.
Juliana from St. Louis, Missouri
The songs were absolutely beautiful and anyone that listens to negative reviews and misses
this show will truly regret it!
There is a message in the music that people would be mindful to pay attention to. Really listen
to the words to “ Look with your Heart” there is a powerful message. I’m going to go see this
in two other cities I loved it so much!
from Charlotte, North Carolina
Although the stage props were fantastic, the music, especially "Love Never Dies"
performed by Christine, was mind blowing. believe she reached 6 or 7 octaves. A lot
of surprises and I can't believe it won't be back on Broadway soon. Phenomenal!
Debbie Leeus from Cordova, Tennessee
LOVE NEVER DIES
Saw in Nashville. It was beyond wonderful. Seeing
again in Memphis tomorrow.
Mary K. from Coon Rapids, Minnesota
IT'S TRUE: LOVE NEVER DIES!
Attended this afternoon's (6/30/18) performance at Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis,
MN, with my oldest daughter as my 2017 Christmas/Birthday present. It was WELL
worth the wait!
I first discovered Love Never Dies through an insert in The Phantom of the Opera at
the Royal Albert Hall DVD immediately ordering a copy, so I was familiar with it. My
daughter, not. She hoped for a different ending..
The lyrics are haunting, the cast stunning, the blue peacock dress my fav. Meghan
Picerno delivered in all respects. We were a tad disappointed that Gardar Thor
Cortes did not perform. The cast received a wonderful standing ovation. I was
delighted & blessed to have experienced it.
I'm reminded of 1st Corinthians 13: "There are in the end three things that last: faith,
hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love." Love is transformative, allowing us
to become the best versions of ourselves. Will there be a follow up sequel in the
relationship between Gustave and his father one day?
Victor L Cruz from Parker, Colorado
ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
Moved from CA to CO in June, but saw this
show back in San Jose, CA in October. I loved
it. Before my cousin passed away she took
me to San Jose Broadways 2017-18 preview
showing of this season of shows. Not
knowing the Phantom had a sequel, this
show was on my list. Before the show
arrived, I was eating/sleeping/listening to
Love Never Dies. I own the live show on
BluRay and have the album on Spotify. Don't
be me thinking all cast follow the same
script. Spotify and this tour are two different
casts. But I loved both! No complaints! I'll be
seeing it again this October is Denver! I just
wish I could meet the cast and get them to
sign my Program Book. I follow a few of the
actors on Instagram and I'm excited to see
them again. "Currently listening to Til' I hear
you sing" on repeat." If I could give them
more than 5 stars I would!
Rita from New York, NY
PICERNO SHINES IN PHANTOM SEQUEL
I caught a performance of Love Never Dies in Las Vegas while on vacation, but I
am an NYC native, so I've seen many Broadway shows. Those seeking an
extension of Phantom of the Opera may be disappointed that LND is very much
its own show. The music is lovely and the production is beautiful. The sets and
costumes are gorgeous and elaborate. The cast is exceptional. I saw Gardar Thor
Cortes as the phantom and Meghan Picerno as Christine. Ms. Picerno was the
clear stand-out of the cast. In all the shows I've been to over the years she is by
far one of the most talented singing actresses I've ever seen! Whether it be in LND
or another production, I hope to see her on Broadway very soon. She is definitely
a young star to watch. Brava!
Francis Kaspar from Costa Mesa, California
LOVE NEVER DIES
I have been to many, many performances both here and in NYC. This show is the most emotional, and musical show I have ever seen. +In the climax the female performer sings the title song and literally blows the audience to bits. Standing O's are the order of the day as the various performers do their parts. Forget the critics who somehow reason that it is vital that they find fault. See it as a devoted theater lover and enjoy the beauty and drama of the evening.
Mary Butler from Ridgely, MD
FOR THOSE MESMERIZED BY PHANTOM...
I saw Love Never Dies on its last
performance at the Smith Center. I
had followed various reviews and had
obtained a DVD of the long running
Australian production so I,
unashamedly, was already hooked.
There was no need to develop the
story or the characters, I already knew
them. This production continues the
Phantoms fascination with Christine,
of course, he still loves her. In the
days following the fire, 10 years
earlier, there was one more meeting
between them and this is actually the
beginning of the play. Had there
been more anticipation of Christine's
arrival to New York and stage time
regarding Meg and her mothers role
in the Phantoms escape from Paris,
the reviewers might have been more
satisfied. My only regret is that the
best song, I believe, opens the play
and should have closed the first act.
As its written, though, it works
because we KNOW the characters.
Loved it...recommend to true
Phantom fans. The reviewers may
not get it but you ABSOLUTELY will.
B Kirk from Chicago, Illinois
DON'T LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS!
Fabulous show. The staging was phenomenal.. The story is an enjoyable
Shakespearean type, traditional musical. Music is great. I left the show singing
the songs - to me a sure sign of a good show. Gustav was outstanding as were
the other actors.
I am not sure why some people are disappointed. My only thought is they really
just didn't want a sequel to Phantom of the Opera in the first place. If that is you,
just watch it as if it was an independent show. You will love it. I saw and enjoyed
Phantom of the Opera several times yet was not the least bit disappointed in
they show. Honestly, it was much more enjoyable than many current award
winners. I would definitely see it again.
Carol in Missouri from Chicago, Illinois
If you have seen the Phantom, you must see
this. The singing, costumes and sets were
spectacular at the Cadillac Palace in Chicago.
We had balcony seats and were pleased with
the view. Far left or right may not be as
good due to some equipment. My husband
and I absolutely recommend this for a night
out. The Italian Village Restaurant was our
choice of dining before the show and was
excellent. Make plans, relax and enjoy
dining and a great play!
Adrianne from Chicago, IL from Chicago, Illinois
OUTSTANDING!! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!
Sensational show. If you liked Phantom you have to see it. Even my husband who is
not really in to theater said it was wonderful. It ranks as one of the top shows I have
seen (and I have been going to the theater for 20 years...both in NYC and Chicago).
I was expecting it to be just okay, but it was fantastic. They did it!! The singing of
Gardar Thor Cortes (Phantom) and Meghan Picerno (Christine) moved me to tears.
Sidenote: I just read that this show has been reworked several times. I did not see
any of the earlier versions, but this version in Chicago on Feb 14th 2017 was
Albert DeGeeter from Chicago, Illinois
LOVE NEVER DIES, FEB 15, 2018, CHICAGO
Last night, a friend and I went to see "Love Never Dies" at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago. What a treat it was! The beautiful sets absolutely took my breath away - and the costumes! So colorful and elegant, I couldn't take my eyes off the stage. Oh, and the singing... you don't want the songs to end. So much heart and feeling. It's the next morning for me as I write this, and I'm at work, and I can't concentrate on work because my thoughts are still back at the theater, enjoying the show again and again. The carnival characters were astounding - especially the main three. The actors who played their roles... it was like the melody of a perfect dream when they were on stage (Squelch, Fleck and Gangle.) Really, their voices and energy... I enjoyed their segments most of all, they were so vivid and full of magical fun. They could have a spin-off show and I'd be there! This current tour needs to be seen by all - I absolutely recommend it.
Donna from Cleveland, Ohio
NOTHING SHORT OF FABULOUS!
This Play was simply amazing! Every single actor and
actress had a voice that was fantastic! Even the child!
BRAVO BRAVO!!! My 15 year old daughter has been
waiting a whole year to see this play and she
absolutely love love loved it! As did I ! We see many
many plays. This ranks very high on our list!!!
Theresa from Detroit, Michigan
I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN!
I went in thinking if it turned out to be a usual part II I
could at least get out and beat the traffic. I could not
leave my seat. The performances were great. The
songs tied in to the first Phantom. The set was
amazing. I was in tears by the performances. The
Phantom at the Pantages theater was hard to beat
but I loved it more. The Fisher theater is beautiful.
Joan Tyler from Marysville, Michigan
LOVE NEVER DIES
Love Never Dies moved me emotionally to the point of tears. Sir Andrew, BRAVO!
Estrella from West Orange, NJ
NOT TO BE MISSED
I came down from NJ to see Love Never Dies at the Hippodrome in
Baltimore. I ended up seeing it 4 times. The show is absolutely
amazing. The sets, the music, the choreography, the performances will
leave you breathless. The leads, their understudies (I saw the
understudies for the Phantom and for Christine) and the ensemble
give it their all. It's just a beautiful, beautiful show - as far as I am
concerned, it is ready for Broadway.
Toni from Utica, New York
LOVE NEVER DIES
Amazing play....voices, stage settings & talent phenomenal. Loved it!!! Should not miss it.
Fortunate we have our beautiful Stanley Theater to bring us such amazing shows. Dinner at
Ancora before show completes a NYC kind of night here in Utica.
Jeff Wilson from Los Angeles, California
LOVE NEVER DIES FALSE SHORT OF THE PHANTOM
Although the musical was well done it did not live up to the Brilliance of Phantom of the Opera. The songs over all were very nice but in the Phantom several songs were exceptional. Also the person playing Christine was hard to understand in her higher operatic register. I remember Christine's voice from Phantom being very angelic and beautiful, less operatic then the one she replaced in the story of phantom, however this Christine was more like the operatic singer from the original Phantom that Christine replaced. The boy that played Gustave was exceptional.
Jeannie Neill from Las Vegas, Nevada
LOVE NEVER DIES
I was surprised to find it a really enjoyable
show with amazing performances-production
design and costuming I definitely
Len from New Boston, NH
LOVE NEVER DIES
Attended Sat night 2/3 performance and thoroughly enjoyed it. Music was delightful. Costumes and sets, top notch. Performers were all outstanding. I looked around at the audience at the end. Th attendees I saw (myself included) were all on their feet clapping in unison as the actors came out in encore one by one. You don't see that very often. This not The Phantom! It is a delightful love story albeit with a tragic ending. It was hard to hold back tears at the end. I would definitely see it again and highly recommend it to friends. I bought my tickets right after seeing "Phantom" there last Fall and am glad I did! Ignore the critics! Go see it and judge for yourself. My only suggestion for improvement concerns the venue. I wish the Opera House had more bathrooms (not located in the basement) or, a slightly longer intermission time. I prefer a gentleman's lounge visit coupled with cocktails from the bar. There is not enough time for both. It's worse for the women attending.
Sebastian from Boston, Massachusetts
Truly fantastic. Dont think the very end was
climatic as I thought it would be, other than
that, truly enjoyable.
Jessica Gutierrez from Los Angeles, California
LOVE NEVER DIES PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Definitely strange nothing like phantom of the opera.
The story was a bit awkward, the sets were great and
so was the singing. It was an ok show, expected more.
I guess you can't match the original. Would I pay to see
it again? Probably not.
Mike from Los Angeles, California
We were underwhelmed by the story
and music. Seemed dated and not
emotionally engaging. The ending
seemed silly. Great voices and sets
couldn't save it for us
Tania from Chicago, Illinois
TWO HOURS I'LL NEVER GET BACK
This past Wednesday, my sister and I went to see the matinee of Love Never Dies at the Cadillac Palace Theater
in Chicago. Our seats were amazing, row 2 in aisle 3. At $90 a ticket, they were not cheap. For the price of the
tickets, the play was exceedingly disappointing. Love Never Dies, a sequel to Phantom of the Opera by Andrew
Lloyd Weber follows the lead of Godfather3: unnecessary. The storyline made little sense, didn’t seem to
remember crucial details about the previous work, and grasps for energy and relevance. The actors are
spectacularly talented and my dislike of the musical had nothing to do with their performances.
The characters did not connect, their relationships seemed to glide past each other. When a gun was
produced at the end, I hoped for a bloodbath as in Hamlet, but alas only one character (the wrong one) died.
The story ended abruptly and my only real feeling at the end of the play was ALW is a pompous ass in need of
funds. Save your money and time.
Peter C from Boston, Massachusetts
THIS SEQUEL IS PROMISING BUT NEEDS WORK
Second half of the play is pretty good and finale is shockingly unexpected but overall it can't hold a candle to Phantom. The first half is disjointed and confusing. Melding Coney Island circus "freaks" and the Phantom story line does not work as Lloyd Weber has done. Singing and performances were very good but I could not recommend it.
DrP from Providence, Rhode Island
GREAT SCENERY AND SINGING BUT NO WOW LIKE PHANTOM
Ok to see but disappointing in the 10 year period at
the start. Not a good setup about the opening circus
and slow to start. Finished well with great scenery
and songs. There was no WOW factor like the original
Phantom. Play theme similar to others, sequels
usually don't live up to the hype.
Joe Mikstas from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
LOVE NEVER DIES, DIED
the voices were fantastic, very disappointed with the show, no continuity, disjointed, didn't
leave with a song in my head. a lot of people left at intermission. I was so looking forward
to this show, Sad.
Mariska from Portland, Oregon
Wanted to love this play, but ended up leaving at the intermission, and we weren't the
only ones who did. While the singing was great, the story line, and music were horrible.
The plot was absurd, Christine having the Phantom's child -- please. I only gave it two
stars because the actors were fine, they were just stuck with a horrible play.
Virginia from Seattle, Washington
didn't care for it - was very disappointed- left at intermission
such a confusing story line
songs not memorable
although the singers were good - really didnt care for their tone
Phantom not a very good tone that was that enjoyable and Christine - way too
loud and shrill and operatic
not soft and engaging like Phantom original cast
Suprised Andrew Weber did this- not goo follow up
but orchestra and sets were very good
Tiffany from Seattle, Washington
SNOOZE-FEST, OFF-PUTTING STORY, OVER ENUNCIATING ACTOR
I'm a first time subscriber to the Paramount, but grew up on musicals. I've never seen
Phantom of the Opera, but was interested to see what Love Never Dies had to bring. The
first part of the show was soooooo boring. The songs weren't memorable, and it seemed
disjointed. You could see the lead actor spitting everywhere as he was over enunciating. My
friend (who loves musicals 1000% more than me), wanted to leave at intermission. I argued
that there was at least going to be some death and craziness at the end, so we should at
least get some action. Second half wrapped everything up, but honestly wasn't much better.
However, the actor who played Gustav screaming "noooo" at the end set me off in a way
that rarely happens. I couldn't stop laughing. It was horrible. I laughed for 5 minutes--full
body silent, snorting, shaking laughter as an actor was "dying" on stage. Other people
laughed at parts that weren't supposed to be funny. Overall, good laughs, but not what I
think they wanted.
G.G. from San Diego, California
DISAPPOINTING, BUT OKAY
We are season ticket holders at Pantages (have been for years). I doubt we would
have purchased tickets for this play, but they came in the packet for this season. We
love The Phantom Of The Opera and have seen it many times. This sequel doesn't
even come close to the caliber of music and story line. It has a completely
differently feeling and doesn't have the mystery and haunting feeling that the
original does. The songs and music are disappointing as well. Too bad as we were
very hopeful that we would enjoy it.
Gregg Olson from Austin, Texas
LOVE IS DEAD AND BURIED SIX FEET UNDER
Love Never Dies is the worst Broadway
Series production that has ever come to
Austin! This is the first time that I and my
party of 5 walked out at intermission and
never return. We also witnessed at least 5
others patrons doing the same.
I pity the performers as they did their best to
make something out of this monstrous
disaster created by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
It comes as no surprise this clunker never
was performed on Broadway!
Molly from Minneapolis, Minnesota
THE WORST MUSICAL I'VE EVER SEEN
I have season tickets to the Orpheum's broadway run, and let me tell you, this was
the quietest I've ever heard a Minnesota theater audience...which should tell you
something about how bad the show was. Lush costumes and large set pieces can't
mask lazy choreo and boring music.
If I hadn't read the plot ahead of time, I'd have had no idea what was going on, since
all of the exposition was done in tortured songs with canticles and over-sung notes.
We were laughing and we weren't the only ones. I wish we'd left at intermission, but I
guess we can be happy with the jokes we'll now have about this disaster of a musical.
Oh, and in all sincerity, this show should have a content warning for emotional
abuse. JFC, Raoul and the Phantom have only doubled-down on their horrific
treatment of Christine, who apparently LOVES to be grabbed, pushed, yelled at,
threatened, and blackmailed. It was gross.
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
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
Brett from Seattle, Washington
Costumes and sets were fantastic. Cast were talented. The show itself
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.)
Laurie M. from San Diego, California
LOVE NEVER DIES - BUT THIS DID
Award worthy sets and special effects - but it ends there. Worst plot possible, it felt like a
bad soap opera. I couldn't get out of there soon enough. Sappy, ridiculous and the
music was not worthy to be linked to the original Phantom. With all due respect, Mr.
Weber should have left it where New York put it - out to pasture.
Rodney Falk from Boston, Massachusetts
LOVE NEVER DIES-BUT WATCHING IT MIGHT RENDER YOU SUICIDAL
I generally like musical productions and
possibly would have liked this, except that I
would not consider the cacophony of sound to
be music. The plot was disjointed, the “music“
ghastly, and the use of a female dwarf as a
“freak” was in astonishingly poor taste. The
theater was not full, and there were six people
in our row. At the intermission, four of the six
left, including me. We were accompanied to
the door of the theater by a remarkable
number of other people whose greatest
enjoyment of the evening was to step out into
the cold and rainy Boston evening,never to
return to this excruciatingly bad experience.
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