PBS today announced that LOVE NEVER DIES is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning June 2, 2012 (check local listings). LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's follow-up musical to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, is based on the book by Ben Elton and features the new Australian production filmed in Melbourne.
In this production, described by Lloyd Webber as "one of the finest productions I've ever seen of my work, anywhere," the audience is transported to New York's playground Coney Island. There, the masked phantom has been hiding amongst the freaks and side shows for 10 long years, yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé. Lured by the bright lights and financial rewards of Coney, Christine and her family flee Manhattan to perform on stage for one last time, but Christine soon discovers the true identity of her mysterious impresario and that all is not what it seems.
LOVE NEVER DIES features a 21-piece orchestra and a cast of 36, including Ben Lewis as the Phantom and Anna O'Byrne as his ChristinE. Lewis has a long history on the Australian stage and has starred in a number of successful stage musicals, including the smash hit Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Monty Python's Spamalot. Anna O'Byrne's big break came when she was cast in the Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera, where she covered and performed the role of Christine Daaé opposite Anthony Warlow's Phantom. She is also an experienced performer in many operatic productions.
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