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Phantom of Opera returns to haunt NY

THE Phantom of the Opera is coming back - but this time, he'll be haunting the amusement park at New York's Coney Island rather than the Paris opera house.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber yesterday announced a long-awaited sequel to his massively successful "Phantom Of The Opera," one of the world's longest running musicals.

The new production will be called "Love Never Dies." It is due to open in London in March next year.

The musical will also be staged in New York beginning in November 2010 and will open in Australia in 2011.

The musical picks up a decade after the original's conclusion, and has the Phantom trading his usual hideout beneath the Paris opera house for Coney Island, the iconic Brooklyn amusement park known for its rollercoasters and "Nathan's Famous" hot dogs.

Webber said he wanted to produce a sequel because the conclusion of the original was too boring.

The original hit musical, a longtime fixture on the London and New York stages, featured elaborate staging and songs like "The Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You."

Based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, the play has been seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and has been translated into 15 languages and staged in 25 different countries.

Producers say the sequel will be "a rollercoaster ride of obsession and intrigue." It is set 10 years after the Phantom's mysterious disappearance from Paris.

Few details were released yesterday, but a new official Website shows an early trans-Atlantic ocean liner making a voyage across the sea.


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