Pictured: North American Tour of LOVE NEVER DIES. Photo courtesy of Starlight Theatre.
Starlight Theatre will welcome Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES, the sequel to the record-breaking musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, August 14th – 19th as part of the 2018 Shawnee Mission Health Broadway Series.
Making its Kansas City premiere, the new touring production reflects an extensive re-working of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian premiere in 2011.
“With its soaring vocals, incredible costumes and one of the largest sets we’ve ever loaded into the Starlight stage house, LOVE NEVER DIES is a beautiful production that Kansas City audiences won’t want to miss.” Rich Baker, Starlight President, and CEO said. “We are delighted to present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel and invite PHANTOM fans and newcomers alike to experience an evening of mystery, magic, and romance under the stars.”
Directed by Simon Phillips with new set and costume designs by Gabriela Tylesova, choreography by 2011 Astaire Awards winner Graeme Murphy, lighting design by Nick Schlieper and sound design by Mick Potter, the show is one of the few instances of a major West End musical being given a complete makeover for subsequent productions.
The production begins in 1907, 10 years since The Phantoms disappearance from the Paris Opera House. Having escaped to a new life in New York, he now lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island, and it’s here that The Phantom has finally found a place for his music to soar, yet he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.
Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house. Christine’s marriage to Raoul is suffering at the hands of his drinking and gambling and they desperately need the financial rewards that America can give them.
In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, The Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son, Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island—not knowing what is in store for them.
Lloyd Webber said he knew about five minutes into seeing its first run-through that he and the new production team had achieved something special. “I have the great joy of being able to say that I think this production is probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.”
Tickets for LOVE NEVER DIES at Starlight Theatre are on sale now and start at $14. For more information visit kcstarlight.com.