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Re: “Love never dies, but many terrible musicals have: Sitting through Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel.

The music was decent but honestly the plot stunk, a lot. So much so that I have trouble enjoying the musical score as much as I should. The plot felt like a fan fic of the original. I hated how they "Edward Culenfied" the Phantom. He's supposed to be a villain and a monster. Yes, he had some humanity and human magnetism but honestly they just turned him into something else entirely. The exploration of the phantom's character could've been excusable if the writing wasn't so terrible. The characters are shallower and the plot is essentially, 'oopps... the phantom should've ended up with Christine and let's forget about the fact that he's pretty much a sexual predator and a murderer. Oh and let's make Christine's husband a drunk and an a-hole to make it ok'. Overall it spits on the original and not even the musical score can redeem it. To be fair I listen to the music frequently but I can't sit down and watch it from beginning to end. The music is great IMO,its just the story that comes short.

Now if they just changed one character, and not all of them, it would've been ok and not terrible. What bothers me the most is this musical rewrites all of the characters to the point it essentially nullifies the depth of the original story. Heck it would've been cool if it was a prequel with a similar plot but with different characters (perhaps the first woman he loved?), and if it expounded on the phantom's back story. Or if it was a sequel with a different love triangle. New characters would've been great. *sigh* there was so much potential but it fell far short of the original. To be honest it's a money grab with a good soundtrack and a disappointing plot.

Love may never die but this musical should..

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ben There Twice on 07/11/2015 at 11:57 AM

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