(David Lister’s article appeared in the Independent, 2/26.)

The man behind the mask: Andrew Lloyd Webber on his new musical Love Never Dies

The Phantom of the Opera is back in the musical Love Never Dies. Andrew Lloyd Webber tells Edward Seckerson how he came up with the story, composed the music and takes criticism

The Lord works in mysterious ways. For years now Andrew Lloyd Webber has nursed the idea of a sequel to his most successful show, The Phantom of the Opera; for years Phantom fans have pondered what might have become of him after that "final exit". Nightly he vanishes from his subterranean lair deep in the bowels of the Paris Opera House (aka Her Majesty's Theatre in London) leaving only his iconic half-mask as a reminder of his continuing omnipotence on stages throughout the world: 149 cities across 86 countries.

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