Normally I write reviews over cast albums, but for this particular post, I thought it would be fun to write my thoughts as I listen to the “Love Never Dies” London Cast Recording.
The “Love Never Dies Soundtrack has been out since 2010 and includes the vocal talents of Ramin Karimloo (Phantom), Sierra Boggess (Christine) and Joseph Millson (Raoul) as the three main characters. The recording also features Sally Dexter as Madame Giry and Summer Strallen as Meg Giry. The music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater.
While the musical is not as popular as “The Phantom of the Opera,” the score is amazing, however, some of the lyrics are laughable. So sit back and enjoy my thoughts as I listen to “Love Never Dies.”
Prologue (Love Never Dies)
I actually really like this song. It’s like in the beginning of “Phantom.” It’s slightly creepy and it leaves the audience wondering what happened that took place during the musical.
You tell Madame Giry, Fleck!
Why wasn’t this in the Australian production on DVD?
The Cony Island Waltz
I would skip this song, but the music is captivating. This is what happens when you listen to a musical by ALW.
That’s the Place That You Ruined, You Fool!
So… It’s Madame Giry’s fault?
Heaven By the Sea
This song means nothing to me.
Apparently Coney Island is extremely poplar and the Phantom is just as mysterious as ever.
Only For Him/Only For You
So, Meg wants the Phantom’s attention. HAHAHAHA!
Meg is obsessed with being a star.
This song is annoying.
Good vocals on that last, “You.”
The score is so beautiful! One of my favorite songs on the soundtrack.
This is just an example of ALW’s genius and talent.
Till I Hear You Sing
“Ten long years.”
I love Ramin’s voice.
This song is so beautiful and so sad.
Phantom just wants Christine back.
Phantom: “Let hopes pass, let dream pass. Let them die! Without you what are they for?”
Giry Confronts the Phantom/ ‘Til I Hear You Sing (Reprise)
Meg: Trying to get Phantom’s attention
Phantom: Doesn’t care
Phantom: “Careful Madame. You’re forgetting yourself.” Too late.
Madame Giry is MEAN! Stop reminding the Phantom of Christine and that she wasn’t there for the last ten years!
Phantom seems to have controlled his temper. Better to have him yell in your face than threaten or murder you.
I know this number takes place weeks later, but how many?
Raoul is a jerk.
The journalists are annoying.
Arrival of the Trio/ Are You Ready to Begin?
This song is so short, but I love the minions and Raoul needs a chill pill.
What a Dreadful Town!
Poor Gustave just wants to play with his dad.
Stop yelling Raoul.
Christine is trying so hard to save her marriage.
I feel so bad for Christine. Poor girl didn’t sign up for this and Phantom didn’t let them go just so Raoul could be a terrible husband and father.
Look With Your Heart
Aw, I love this song.
Beneath a Moonless Sky
Love the intro music!
Christine has some serious backbone when she’s dealing with the Phantom.
Um… no comment on what they’re singing about. Beautiful voices though.
I wonder if they know their kid is in the other room.
Christine: “And I loved you. Yes, I loved you. I’d have followed anywhere you led. I woke to swear my love and found you gone instead.”
Nice going Phantom.
Once Upon Anther Time
Another sad, yet beautiful song.
Phantom: “Were it still that other time, I’d make time itself somehow bend. But now I’m not that strong and time keeps moving on.”
They still love each other. It’s so sad!
“Mother Please, I’m Scared!”
I don’t think Phantom likes Gustave, since he thinks Gustave is Raoul and Christine’s child.
Dear Old Friend
Everyone hates each other, except Christine, who is the only happy one.
Nice job Madame Giry, you told Raoul the Phantom is still alive and is Christine’s boss.
Raoul: “I’ll deal with you later.”
Raoul, you JERK!
Meg: “Don’t play naïve.”
Meg is savage.
They can’t keep track of Gustave. Foreshadowing?
I love the minions.
Phantom is figuring it out.
“He plays like me.”
“He’s just ten years old.”
“Ten years oooooooooooold!”
The Beauty Underneath
I can picture Gerard Butler rocking out to this song.
Basically the Phantom and Gustave have the same mind.
Phantom is already a proud father. It’s so adorable!
Don’t show him your face, Phantom!
Based on that scream, I’m just going to say Gustave is definitely his parents’ child.
The Phantom Confronts Christine
The truth is out!
Phantom: “My own flesh and blood. And even he recoils in horror from me. Just like his mother.”
Of course the Phantom is going to give Gustave his park, I don’t know why Madame Giry thought she was going to get it.
Ok, seriously what happened to Madame Giry in the last ten years? Did living in America make her greedy?
Entr’acte (Love Never Dies)
Not crazy about this song.
*Checks social media*
Why Does She Love Me?
Raoul is drunk and pouring his soul out.
I recently read that John Barrowman was going to play Raoul in LND, but was replaced by Joseph. Another article said John backed out due to complications with ALW. Now I want to hear John sing this song, however, I love Joseph’s version.
Well Raoul if you would get off your butt, stop drinking and spend more time with your family, maybe your marriage would be fine.
This song just proves that Raoul doesn’t have that bond that Christine and Phantom have.
Ugh, he’s so greedy.
Devil Take the Hindmost
I call this song, “Men Being Idiots.”
I can’t believe they’re betting over Christine. She’s not a trophy!
Raoul: “I won her long ago…”
No, Raoul. Christine saved you and then Phantom let you both leave. YOU were nearly hung because you forgot to keep your hand at the level of your eyes.
Phantom, I don’t think you’re the right person to tell Raoul that Gustave is not his child. Not your place buddy.
Raoul doesn’t care that he’s possibly going to loose his family until the end of the song.
Heaven By the Sea (Reprise)
Why am I listening to this?
Is the excitement surrounding the park and ensemble supposed to contrast against the bleak mood that surrounds the major characters?
Ladies… Gents! / The Coney Island Waltz (Reprise)
*Skips song because I can’t stand it*
“Mother Did You Watch?”
Before the Performance
Gustave and Christine have the cutest mother/son relationship.
Christine: “Once this performance is through, we’ll spend some time just us two.”
This just makes the ending even more sad.
Raoul: “Just ask it of me.”
Too late for “All I Ask of You” references, Raoul.
Phantom comes in like, “Two can play at this game.”
Both men just want Christine and Gustave in their lives. If you both want Gustave, it’s called joint custody.
There’s no question Christine will choose Phantom over Raoul at this point. He seems to understand her on a level that Raoul doesn’t and never will. Proof that this musical is for Phantom/Christine shippers.
Love that they added “Twisted Every Way.”
Devil Take the Hindmost (Quartet)
This song is basically “The Final Lair” without the Phantom’s temper and Raoul’s life being threatened.
Phantom and Raoul: “Do it for our son.”
Seriously boys, it’s called joint custody.
Phantom, Raoul, Madame Giry: “All is on the line.”
They got that right.
Random stage manager: “And curtain.”
Love Never Dies
Long, boring intro. It goes on for over a minute, geez.
This song reminds me of the events in “Phantom.” Are they trying to excuse the Phantom’s actions, or am I just overthinking?
As much as I love this song, nothing will beat “The Phantom of the Opera,” when it comes to title songs.
Sierra set the bar high for this one.
Phantom and Christine are officially reunited (and it feels so good).
Raoul: “Romantic idiots.”
Didn’t look so idiotic in “Phantom.” Everyone is so out of character.
Phantom is in worried daddy mode.
Phantom is actually scary in this number.
Phantom: “My patence is running dry!”
Yeah, you don’t want to mess with the Phantom’s patience.
Phantom: “Gustave, Gustave, Gustave!”
Holy cow. Not going to lie, Ramin nailed those screams.
How does Phantom know where Meg took Gustave? Oh, the bar scene in “Why Does She Love Me,” when Meg was talking about the sea and Phantom was waiting to make his appearance. I can’t believe I just now figured that out.
“Please Miss Giry, I Want to Go Back…”
Let him go Meg, he’s just a kid.
She has really lost it at this point.
Phantom: “What are you saying?”
Phantom, are your mask and wig on too tight? She basically pulled a Fantine to help with your park.
Phantom: “We can’t all be like Christine.”
*Face palm* Nice going Phantom.
Christine: “Your real father.”
LND, a musical “Star Wars.”
Is ALW trying to say that Phantom and Christine can never be together?
I feel so bad for Phantom. Christine is dying, he’s now a single father to a child he just met a few days ago and he was only happy for a few minutes.
I would turn this song off, but the score is so pretty.
Okay, it’s over now and I’m sad.