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Love Never Dies cancelled

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Love Never Dies
Catherine Ashmore

The London production of Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s follow-up to his über successful Phantom of the Opera, will shutter on August 27 after only 18 months, according to Variety. The musical — which takes its main character from a Paris opera house to the Coney Island fairground — opened in March 2010 to mostly scathing reviews (our critic called it “a rehashed parade of pastiches and throbbing crashing chord melodies”) and low sales, but trundled on despite having to close for four days for a quick retooling.

The Broadway incarnation, which was first scheduled to open in November of last year, was delayed until spring of 2011 due to Webber’s struggle with prostate cancer. Months later, it was postponed indefinitely. No word yet on the fate of the $9 million Australian production, which opened on May 28 to better reviews, and is reportedly significantly different than its English sister.