LOVE NEVER DIES |
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s
Love Never Dies
By: Diana Brang-Scott
After years of anticipation Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spell binding sequel to his mega-smash musical, "The Phantom of the Opera," opens here in the US for the first time and at Detroit’s own Fisher Theatre! "Phantom," which premiered in London in 1986, became an international sensation with its soaring enchanting music, the crashing chandelier, and the romantic 19th-century plot in which soprano Christine Daae becomes the object of obsession of a mysterious figure who terrorizes the Paris Opera House.
In Love Never Dies the stage is set for year 1907 and it has been 10 years after the Phantoms disappearance from the Paris Opera House. Unknow to anyone the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the noisy carnival rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.
Christine is now one of the world’s finest sopranos, and she assumes the Phantom has died. She accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house because she and her family desperately need the money that only America can give them. She is married to a man named Raoul and their relationship is suffering due to his drinking and gambling.
In a final attempt to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and underworld of Coney Island’s Phantasma - not knowing what is in store for them.
I recently spoke with ALYSSA GIANNETTI she is a classically trained singer and actor originally from Bloomfield Hills, MI. She attended Andover Highschool at that is where she fell in love with music and the theater. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Voice & Opera Performance, as well as a minor in Choral Music Education and a certificate in Musical Theatre Performance. Alyssa is beyond thrilled to be making her professional debut with Love Never Dies she will be part of the ensemble and playing the part of a swing character, (which means she needs to learn all the lines and choreography for 8 female roles including Christine) Alyssa will need to be ready at a moment’s notice to fill in for any of the roles.
I asked Alyssa if the audience needed to see the Phantom first in order to follow this story? (We laughed because we can’t imagine anyone who loves the theater who hasn’t seen the Phantom, but just in case I asked) She said, “It’s the same main characters from The Phantom, but a completely different story. There are a lot of story lines that get filled as the show goes along, but the main thing the audience needs to know is that there was a love triangle between, the Phantom, Christine and Raoul. My challenge for the Phantom fans is to listen for the beckoning back to the Phantom in the score. So, you don’t need to have seen the first one to fall in love with this show, but if you haven’t seen The Phantom you should when you get the chance.” She went on to say, “The Music in Love Never Dies is just marvelous! If you thought the first one was good, this one is just amazing, it’s almost an opera. The melodies that Andrew Lloyd Webber has created are just haunting-they will stick with you. It’s just a gorgeous show from all the elaborate sets to the magnificent costumes!”
We continued to chat, Alyssa is a delightful bubbly young woman who is filled with an infectious optimism and positive energy, I didn’t even need to finish my cup of coffee that morning. I asked her if there was a message for the audience in this show? She said, “Definitely yes! The character Christine has a line about ‘Looking with your heart and not with your eyes’. I feel that right now with everything that is going on in the world we really need to hear that, and understand it. We need to not see people who are different than us with only our eyes and judge their outward appearance; we need to celebrate all our differences and see each other for what’s on the inside and what is in our hearts.”
Alyssa is excited to come home and spend some time with family and friends while she’s here on tour. She is eager to see all the new developments and restaurants in Detroit that have opened since she moved to New York. She is ecstatic to be performing at The Fisher Theater with the cast from Love Never Dies, “I have seen so many shows at the Fisher growing up and now I get to be on that stage, and back stage, it is just incredible!” she said. I asked Alyssa if she had any advice for younger actors who want to follow in her footsteps. She said, “Don’t let anyone tell you no. Keep working hard, hard work does pay off. There will be many early mornings and late nights, but keep going and you will end up where you need to be.”
Since its premiere in 2010, Love Never Dies has enjoyed productions worldwide in London, Australia, Denmark, Japan and Germany, as well as multiple recordings including a concept album and a London cast recording. A DVD release of the Australian production has delighted fans globally, and now the North American tour brings the musical to the US for the first time.
Love Never Dies will open its North American Tour at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre on October 17 with performances through October 29. Tickets for Love Never Dies are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 and online at or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at The Fisher Theatre Box Office.