Earlier this week (Monday 10 March), Andrew Lloyd Webber visited the Nissay Theatre in Tokyo, Japan for the Japanese premiere of Love Never Dies. He was joined by the cast, led by Masachika Ichimura in the title role and Ayaka Hirahira as Christine, on stage at the curtain call. The roles of The Phantom and Christine will be alternated throughout the show’s run with Takeshi Kaga and Megumi Hamada respectively.
Love Never Dies received its world premiere in the West End in 2010. Subsequently it has been produced in Melbourne, Sydney and Copenhagen, as well as Tokyo. Directed by Simon Phillips, Love Never Dies has a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Book is by Lloyd Webber, Ben Elton, Glenn Slater and Frederick Forsyth. The show is produced in Japan by HoriPro.
The Really Useful Group is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre producing and rights licensing company and controls the theatrical rights for all of his works, including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Sunset Boulevard. The Really Useful Group reached over 20 million people across the globe last year from live theatre and concert audiences, cinema goers, television viewers and music fans, to social media and art lovers.
2014 will see The Really Useful Group continue to work across film, television and theatre as it produces and develops new projects and partnerships worldwide alongside its ongoing work in education, amateur licensing and music publishing.