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Andrew Lloyd Webber announces 'Phantom' followup

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Don’t call it a sequel, even though it sounds an awful lot like one: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced a followup to Phantom of the Opera, his 1986 musical that now stands as the longest-running in Broadway history. He is calling the new show Love Never Dies, refers to it as “a stand-alone piece,” although it will pick up ten years after the original, with the Phantom having moved to Coney Island. The show will debut in London in March, and reach New York by November 2010. Webber says he wrote the followup because he found the original ending — in which the Phantom’s love, Christine, goes off with “this boring guy” — unsatisfactory.