A new Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical
I think it was 1982 when I saw "Evita" in London, my first 'big' musical and I remember being totally overwhelmed. Especially those by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. "Cats" is my favourite musical to this very day. I don't know how many times I've seen it, studied the score or listened to the cd. I wasn't as impressed with "Song and dance" and "Starlight Express" (even though both contain some good songs), but I still remember the excitement when "The phantom of the Opera" was announced... Along with "Evita", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Cats", this musical has had a profound impact on my writing style. But after "Sunset Boulevard", I kind of lost touch with his work. So now I came across this announcement on BroadwayWorld.com:
Andrew Lloyd-Webber is to write a sequel to "The phantom", and I don't know what to think of it. It seems like an enormous risk to take: it will in all ways be compared with the original. Musically, it can't of course be too different, because people expect a sequel, not a new musical idea; but it can't be too alike as well. I'm afraid this will one be too easy for critics to shoot down and I'm curious if they can withstand the temptation to do so. Anyway, I'll just wait and see, and in the mean time give the original a spin.