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Gerard Butler Presents Love Never Dies Reviews: In Pictures

LOVE Never Dies is the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom Of The Opera. the name is drippy, the kind of sentiment printed inside a 70th birthday card decorated in watercolour flowers. It’s already got a nickname: Paint Never Dries. Gerard Butler went to see it. Which was nice.

The critics also went to see it. That’s them in the aisle seats leaving before the curtain call. That’s them with their carrier bags and little pens and little hands and little feet. We’ve got pictures from the first night at the end of this post.

The verdicts:

Ben Brantley – New York Times

This production keeps such a straight face, it’s as if the slightest smile might crack it. It never acknowledges that in a musical in which no one could exactly be described as animated, it might be a mistake to introduce your leading lady in the form of an automaton in her image. Or that it’s probably not a good idea to have your hero, in his first solo, sing “the moments creep, but I can’t bear to sleep” to a melody that moves like a sloth in quicksand.

Charles Spencer – Telegraph: 4 Stars

“What I have no doubt about whatever is that this is Lloyd Webber’s finest show since the original Phantom, with a score blessed with superbly haunting melodies and a yearning romanticism that sent shivers racing down my spine.”

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Posted: 10th, March 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comment