After more than a decade of development and pre-production, Andrew Lloyd Webber's much anticipated sequel to the global phenomenon that is Phantom of the Opera is set to open in London next Spring.
There had been much speculation that the show would be titled 'Phantom in Manhattan' or 'Phantom: Once Upon A Time' but Lord Lloyd Webber has settled on the James Bond-esque, Love Never Dies.
In the musical, the story moves from Paris to New York's Coney Island (where else?) where the Phantom haunts the legendary fairgrounds. A bit like Tom Hanks in Big when he goes looking for that arcade game.
The success of the original Phantom is virtually without parallel. The London run recently marked its 23rd birthday and worldwide album sales have passed the 40 million mark. Global openings of the sequel will follow on Broadway on 11 November 2010 and then in Australia in 2011.
The show previews in the West End from Saturday 20th February until Monday 8th March 2010. Tickets for this sure-fire West End hit are available now, starting at £24.25.