By Wendell Scott

Set ten years after the Phantom ravaged the opera, life and love sets us in the heart of Coney Island where he has created a life where he can be completely himself…but, something (or someone) is missing.

 

 Theatre Talk: Love Never Dies

Gardar Thor Cortes (“The Phantom”) and Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) star in Love Never Dies. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

This was my first time seeing Love Never Dies, and I must say, I don’t know what took me so long. This opera was completely beautiful. One of my favorite theatrical pieces is The Phantom of the Opera. It is hard to top that musical for me, but Love Never Dies almost did. To see an entirely new story with characters that we know and love all too well was a triumph. The passion and drama between Christine and the Phantom remains the same, and makes us want even more. The thing I love about Love Never Dies is that it wanted to be its own piece. Separate from Phantom of the Opera, but still ringing true to the story so well.

If you’ve seen Phantom of the Opera, you know that the set design is a tad gaudy and fills the entire stage with worlds unimaginable. With Love Never Dies, think of that times five. I felt like I was in Coney Island. I felt like I was in Christine’s dressing room (in a non-creepy way, of course). This show gives its set life…literally! I felt as if the set was a character in the show. It’s melodic movements and seamless transitions accompanying the actors onstage was impeccable! It even gave me the feeling of the Phantom’s ever-watching eye. You’ll see what I mean when you see the set. It just astounded me how we could be at the entrance of Coney Island at one instance, then onstage watching Meg (Mary Michael Patterson) perform a musical number, then down at the bar with Raoul (Sean Thompson)! It was breathtaking and I have to say, this show masters set design.

Please take a moment and step back in time with this wonderful story. The amount of sheer talent makes you feel as if you are at the Opera, and it is a fantastic feeling. Be sure to grab your tickets here, and see Love Never Dies now through December 3rd!

 

–Wendell Scott

 

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