Sunday, April 23, 2017

Drop the Curtain on Webber — Fast

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Love Never Dies
Decca records

Andrew Lloyd Webber may have already established his status as a musical-theater great, but “Love Never Dies” — the sequel to his massively successful “Phantom of the Opera” — has definitely helped to wear out his welcome. Even if we ignore the cringe-inducing plot, in which the Phantom (Ramin Karimloo) relocates to Coney Island to stalk Christine (Sierra Boggess), the soundtrack’s emo baggage is a lesson in quitting while you’re ahead.

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