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The sequel to AndrewLloydWebber's sensationally popular ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. It takes place on Coney Island, [[TimeSkip approximately ten years after]] the end of ''[[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Phantom]]''. Madame Giry and her daughter, Meg, helped the Phantom to escape to America after the events of the first show, and from there made it possible for him to open up a lavish amusement park on Coney Island. Then, without telling either of the Girys, he lures Christine -- now married to Raoul -- to come sing at his park. Craziness ensues. Music was done by Andrew Lloyd Webber, while the book was written by him, as well as Ben Elton, and Glenn Slater.

The show ran from 2010-11 in the West End while plans for a Broadway production were lost to DevelopmentHell. A revised Australian production ran from 2011-12 and was filmed and released on [=DVD=]. A staging in Denmark opened in 2012.

Compare and contrast with ''Literature/ThePhantomOfManhattan'', the novel derived from Lloyd Webber and FrederickForsyth's ideas for a sequel in TheNineties.

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!!''Love Never Dies'' contains examples of:

* AdaptationalVillainy: Meg, who was Christine's friend in the original musical, [[spoiler:shoots and kills her out of jealousy]]. Raoul suffers this, too; although not really a villain, he became TheAlcoholic and picked up a gambling problem that makes him a less-than-ideal husband to Christine, while neither trait was present in the original book or play.
** In the revised production, [[spoiler:Meg tries to commit suicide, and Christine is accidentally shot as the Phantom tries to wrest the gun away.]]
** Madame Giry as well. In the original musical she pretty skillfully maintained a neutral force between the Phantom and the others. Here, she is a bitter hag who is only helping the Phantom for the reward and goes so far as to [[spoiler: pimp out her daughter]].
* TheAlcoholic: Raoul.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The Phantom once was, of course, a psychopathic murderer, yet Christine is still attracted to him.
** Meg Giry counts as well, her love for him the result of being brought up by Madame Giry to serve him, and the poor girl trying to find a sense of validation for [[spoiler: the time she spent as a prostitute to help him]]. Too bad he doesn't know any of that...
* AmusementPark: Phantasma.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: The pre-{{Retool}} prologue was set a few years after the play's main action, with Phantasma a mostly-abandoned ruin inhabited only by its freaks.
* ArcWords: "Leave the ____ behind".
** "Beautiful".
* AscendedExtra: Meg, who did next to nothing in the original musical (singing one song, singing bit parts in other songs, and finding the Phantom's mask at the end), is now a major character and [[spoiler: the main antagonist]].
* TheBet: The Phantom bets Raoul that Christine will stay and sing that night. [[spoiler:Raoul loses.]]
* BigApplesauce
* BigNo: Two characters each get one in the same sequence: [[spoiler: Gustave when the dying Christine reveals that the Phantom is his real dad]], and [[spoiler: the Phantom himself as she expires]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Meg kills Christine.]] However, [[spoiler: she dies in the Phantom's arms, and Gustave is willing to accept him as his father in the final moments]].
* BrokenBird: With all the time and effort she's spent on the Phantom, and pining for (and being ignored by) him, [[spoiler: it's Meg Giry who]] seems to be the most pitiable character in the show, oddly enough supplanting his role in the last show.
* CanonDiscontinuity: One has to wonder if Lloyd Webber completely forgot about the prologue to ''Phantom'' when writing this sequel. Either that, or Raoul is simply stalking dead Christine when purchasing the music box. Though, while not explicitly mentioned in the stage version, the female bidder is intended to be Mme. Giry, and ''Love Never Dies'' would explain why she and Raoul have no personal interaction.
* CheerfulChild: Gustave is sweet, loving, and excited and curious about the world of Coney Island; the only real concern he has is that his father doesn't care much about him or his mother.
* CostumePorn: As per its predecessor.
* CrowdSong: "Heaven by the Sea", before it was dropped; its purpose and status as a crowd song is filled in the Australian production by "The Coney Island Waltz" via incorporating the lyrics from the show's original prologue. Some of its music appears in "Only for You" as well.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: In the original London prologue (and the cast album), Fleck explains Phantasma's ruined state as the result of "the fire that destroyed everything". The audience never learns what caused the fire.
* CutSong: The original prologue (later incorporated into "The Coney Island Waltz" in Australia), "That's the Place You Ruined, You Fool!" and "Heaven by the Sea".
* CymbalClangingMonkey: The music box from the original ''Phantom'' reappears as an automaton at Phantasma in the Australian version of "The Coney Island Waltz".
* DarkReprise: As with the original, positive melodies later reappear in darker forms, most obviously and extremely "Bathing Beauty" in the final scene.
* DerailingLoveInterests: Raoul, so that the possibility of Christine and the Phantom getting together can be raised again.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Poor Christine, right in the arms of the Phantom after Meg fatally shoots her.]]
* DistractedByTheLuxury: The Phantom gives Christine a necklace during "Before the Performance", probably hoping that by reminding her that he is wealthy now (as opposed to the near-penniless Raoul) he can invoke this trope and ensure that she will sing for him again.
* DrowningMySorrows: Raoul does this at the start of Act Two at a Coney Island bar, wondering in song "Why Does She [Christine] Love Me?" Meg even asks him "Drowning your sorrows?" when she arrives.
* TheEdwardianEra: The temporal setting.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: The title song.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: Meg Giry's stage career in America seems to benefit from this trope; she is billed as "The Ooh-La-La Girl" at Phantasma.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: See CymbalClangingMonkey above.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: In the London production, Christine's gown for the concert.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: The Phantom gives Christine a dazzling necklace as part of "Before the Performance".
* FluffyFashionFeathers: For Meg and her fellow Phantasma dancers.
* FreakyIsCool: Gustave thinks so, as established in the songs "Beautiful" and "The Beauty Underneath".
* TheGamblingAddict: Raoul de Chagny, which leaves the family TrappedByGamblingDebts and thus accepting the lucrative offer extended to Christine to perform in the U.S.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: [[spoiler: The Phantom. Despite his running out on Christine ''immediately'' after conceiving Gustave, staying away for ten years, and showing no evidence that he could ever make a decent parent, we're [[EsotericHappyEnding supposed to be happy]] when he ends up with the kid.]] At least he's not an alcoholic...
* GoldDigger: Madame Giry, in "Ten Long Years", accuses Christine of being this -- why else would she have rejected the Phantom for Raoul?
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Most of the characters are either members of the upper crust or performers at a lavish amusement park, so this is a given.
* TheHecateSisters: Meg (maiden), Christine (mother), and Madame Giry (crone).
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Meg Giry is this to the Phantom.
* IncestSubtext: As described on the YMMV page.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:It's Raoul who]] makes this decision.
* IWantSong: "Till I Hear You Sing".
* LastKiss: It is shared between [[spoiler: the dying Christine and the Phantom]].
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Fleck, an aerialist, is also a little person in the Australian production. (In the London version, she's of average stature but "half-bird, half-woman".)
* LoveDodecahedron: Christine must once again choose between Raoul and the Phantom, and then things are further complicated with Meg Giry's interest in the Phantom, as an IgnoredEnamoredUnderling.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Meg Giry.]] "I gave what they would take. I gave it for your sake!"
* [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather: The Phantom is Gustave's real father.]]
* MeaningfulName: Originally, Christine and company came to the U.S. on the ship '' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persephone Persephone]]''; this was subsequently changed, but the detail turns up on the soundtrack album. And why didn't she and Raoul suspect anything was amiss when she was asked to perform at a park called ''Phantasma''? (The Australian version changes this plot point -- she comes to the U.S. because she's been hired by Oscar Hammerstein, but the Phantom does some arm twisting to convince her to sing for him instead.)
* {{Melodrama}}: As per its predecessor, the characters get themselves into a lather over every little thing. Gustave desperately pleads with his father to look at a ''music box'', and the Phantom entering Christine's room is scored with music that would be more appropriate for a tragic ''ending'' to a show than the halfway point of Act One.
* MoneyDearBoy: [[invoked]] Christine is performing at Phantasma solely to earn money to pay off Raoul's gambling debts.
* MonsterClown: Subverted in the Australian version with Gangle and the other clowns -- they and their fellow Phantasma performers ''are'' working for the Phantom and come off as strange and menacing in the way they beckon visitors to their stomping grounds, but are not actually bad people.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Raoul asks himself this when he realizes that he might not win his bet with the Phantom.
* NiceHat: Christine has two of these, as per upper-class fashion of the time period.
* ObliviousToLove: The Phantom doesn't realize that [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] is in love with him because he's preoccupied with Christine.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: The music box the three freaks give Gustave upon arrival plays the opening strains of "The Point of No Return", alterting Christine to the danger she and her family are walking into. (In the London version, it only played a cheerful march at first, but then "Point of No Return" just before the Phantom enters Christine's room.)
* OpeningBallet: After the prologue comes "The Coney Island Waltz" in the London version. The Australian version turned it into a full song for the Phantom's lackeys and the chorus and set it after "Till I Hear You Sing", which was moved to the top of the show.
* PapaWolf: After Christine sings the title song and returns to the dressing room, she discovers Gustave is missing. Needless to say, his father is livid. He is ready to use every bit of his influence to stop [[spoiler:Raoul de Chagny]] from leaving Coney Island and to manhandling and/or murdering [[spoiler: the Girys]] to get back his son.
* PimpedOutDress: Christine has one for her Coney Island concert.
* PowerTrio: Fleck, Squelch, and Gangle, a trio of "freaks" who serve as the Phantom's lackeys.
** BigThinShortTrio: In the Australian version, Squelch is big (he's a strongman), Gangle is thin (he's a barker), and Fleck is short (she's a little person).
* ProperLady: Christine strives to be this, and works hard to present a proper face to the world despite Raoul's flaws making her and Gustave's life less than ideal. [[spoiler: The fact that she betrayed her fiance and still pines for a deranged killer proves she isn't this.]]
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Before kidnapping Gustave, [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] destroys a dressing room mirror.
* ReclusiveArtist: The Phantom became this over the ten years separating the two shows -- everyone in New York City knows about the amazing "Mr. Y", but very, very few see him.
* TheReveal: The show pivots on three big reveals: one, [[spoiler: the Phantom and Christine had a one-night stand]], two, [[spoiler: he's Gustave's father]], and three, [[spoiler: the Phantom's dreams could never have been realized if Meg hadn't been forced into prostitution]].
* RightBehindMe: As Meg leaves the bar, Raoul shouts after her that the Phantom isn't as powerful as she thinks he is, and that he's no more than a "circus freak". Then he turns and sees the Phantom has just arrived...
* SanitySlippage: At the end, [[spoiler: Meg undergoes this]].
* SceneryPorn: The London version indulges in video effects for this (particularly for scene transitions), but the Australian version is no less lavish.
* SequelEscalation: In a fairly clever CallBack to the original, which had [[CleolindaJones The Chandelier Of Doom And Exposition]] reassemble itself and rise above the audience during the overture, LND has ''Coney Island itself'' go from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WwCPrDuk_I&feature=related decrepit wreck to dazzling midway]] while the chorus sings about its heyday.
* SetSwitchSong: "Invitation to the Concert".
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: The reprise of "Devil Take the Hindmost".
* StageMom: Madame Giry for Meg.
* {{Stripperific}}: Meg's costumes.
* TenorBoy: Raoul, though he's not much of a boy anymore...
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Guys]]: The freaks, Fleck, Squelch, and Gangle. Miss Fleck sort of stands out more due to being a woman and (in the Australian production) a little person.
* TitleDrop: Christine does this several times, and not just in the title song.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: The de Chagnys, thanks to Raoul.
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: The show's most harped-upon message, down to the song titles "Look With Your Heart" and "The Beauty Underneath".
* TrueBlueFemininity: Christine's dress for the concert in the Australian version; its coloring is modeled after a peacock's, and the stage backdrop of peacock feathers even serves as an extension of her gown.
* TrueLoveIsBoring: There's little indication given that Christine and Raoul have ever been happy since they got married.
* WhamLine: "That boy... that music.... he plays like me!"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So what happens to [[spoiler: Meg? We spend all this time watching her heartbreaking descent into madness, she kills Christine, and....no closure on her character]]?
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Meg Giry seems to be an uncharacteristically young example of this trope; back in Paris she had a "promising" ballet career ahead of her -- the stage musical even presents her as the lead of the corps de ballet -- and now she's a burlesque stripper.
* WomanInBlack: Madame Giry.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] tries to kill Gustave in the climax.
** In the revised version, Christine refuses to sing for the Phantom until he threatens to take Gustave from her. [[spoiler:He ends up having a Villainous Breakdown at the end of the first act when he realizes Gustave is his child.]]
* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Madame Giry]] claims as much. This takes on a darker cast when the audience learns [[spoiler: that she prostituted her ''adult daughter'' for years]].
* WritersCannotDoMath: The sequel, set in 1907, is supposed to take place ten years after the original. Whether you go by the stage version (set in 1881) or the movie (1870), this doesn't add up. The opening text on the filmed version of the Australian staging says the original's events took place in 1895!
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Christine slept with the Phantom the night before her and Raoul's wedding...and based on that alone can conclude Gustave is the Phantom's son. While possible suspicions of infidelity would explain Raoul's change in character, this is never suggested; when the Phantom raises the question that Gustave isn't his, Raoul's genuine surprise implies he's had no reason to be suspicious of Christine.]]
* YourSonAllAlong: The Phantom realizes at the end of Act One that Gustave is his son, not Raoul's.
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The sequel to AndrewLloydWebber's sensationally popular ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. It takes place on Coney Island, [[TimeSkip approximately ten years after]] the end of ''[[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Phantom]]''. Madame Giry and her daughter, Meg, helped the Phantom to escape to America after the events of the first show, and from there made it possible for him to open up a lavish amusement park on Coney Island. Then, without telling either of the Girys, he lures Christine -- now married to Raoul -- to come sing at his park. Craziness ensues. Music was done by Andrew Lloyd Webber, while the book was written by him, as well as Ben Elton, and Glenn Slater.

The show ran from 2010-11 in the West End while plans for a Broadway production were lost to DevelopmentHell. A revised Australian production ran from 2011-12 and was filmed and released on [=DVD=]. A staging in Denmark opened in 2012.

Compare and contrast with ''Literature/ThePhantomOfManhattan'', the novel derived from Lloyd Webber and FrederickForsyth's ideas for a sequel in TheNineties.

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!!''Love Never Dies'' contains examples of:

* AdaptationalVillainy: Meg, who was Christine's friend in the original musical, [[spoiler:shoots and kills her out of jealousy]]. Raoul suffers this, too; although not really a villain, he became TheAlcoholic and picked up a gambling problem that makes him a less-than-ideal husband to Christine, while neither trait was present in the original book or play.
** In the revised production, [[spoiler:Meg tries to commit suicide, and Christine is accidentally shot as the Phantom tries to wrest the gun away.]]
** Madame Giry as well. In the original musical she pretty skillfully maintained a neutral force between the Phantom and the others. Here, she is a bitter hag who is only helping the Phantom for the reward and goes so far as to [[spoiler: pimp out her daughter]].
* TheAlcoholic: Raoul.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The Phantom once was, of course, a psychopathic murderer, yet Christine is still attracted to him.
** Meg Giry counts as well, her love for him the result of being brought up by Madame Giry to serve him, and the poor girl trying to find a sense of validation for [[spoiler: the time she spent as a prostitute to help him]]. Too bad he doesn't know any of that...
* AmusementPark: Phantasma.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: The pre-{{Retool}} prologue was set a few years after the play's main action, with Phantasma a mostly-abandoned ruin inhabited only by its freaks.
* ArcWords: "Leave the ____ behind".
** "Beautiful".
* AscendedExtra: Meg, who did next to nothing in the original musical (singing one song, singing bit parts in other songs, and finding the Phantom's mask at the end), is now a major character and [[spoiler: the main antagonist]].
* TheBet: The Phantom bets Raoul that Christine will stay and sing that night. [[spoiler:Raoul loses.]]
* BigApplesauce
* BigNo: Two characters each get one in the same sequence: [[spoiler: Gustave when the dying Christine reveals that the Phantom is his real dad]], and [[spoiler: the Phantom himself as she expires]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Meg kills Christine.]] However, [[spoiler: she dies in the Phantom's arms, and Gustave is willing to accept him as his father in the final moments]].
* BrokenBird: With all the time and effort she's spent on the Phantom, and pining for (and being ignored by) him, [[spoiler: it's Meg Giry who]] seems to be the most pitiable character in the show, oddly enough supplanting his role in the last show.
* CanonDiscontinuity: One has to wonder if Lloyd Webber completely forgot about the prologue to ''Phantom'' when writing this sequel. Either that, or Raoul is simply stalking dead Christine when purchasing the music box. Though, while not explicitly mentioned in the stage version, the female bidder is intended to be Mme. Giry, and ''Love Never Dies'' would explain why she and Raoul have no personal interaction.
* CheerfulChild: Gustave is sweet, loving, and excited and curious about the world of Coney Island; the only real concern he has is that his father doesn't care much about him or his mother.
* CostumePorn: As per its predecessor.
* CrowdSong: "Heaven by the Sea", before it was dropped; its purpose and status as a crowd song is filled in the Australian production by "The Coney Island Waltz" via incorporating the lyrics from the show's original prologue. Some of its music appears in "Only for You" as well.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: In the original London prologue (and the cast album), Fleck explains Phantasma's ruined state as the result of "the fire that destroyed everything". The audience never learns what caused the fire.
* CutSong: The original prologue (later incorporated into "The Coney Island Waltz" in Australia), "That's the Place You Ruined, You Fool!" and "Heaven by the Sea".
* CymbalClangingMonkey: The music box from the original ''Phantom'' reappears as an automaton at Phantasma in the Australian version of "The Coney Island Waltz".
* DarkReprise: As with the original, positive melodies later reappear in darker forms, most obviously and extremely "Bathing Beauty" in the final scene.
* DerailingLoveInterests: Raoul, so that the possibility of Christine and the Phantom getting together can be raised again.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Poor Christine, right in the arms of the Phantom after Meg fatally shoots her.]]
* DistractedByTheLuxury: The Phantom gives Christine a necklace during "Before the Performance", probably hoping that by reminding her that he is wealthy now (as opposed to the near-penniless Raoul) he can invoke this trope and ensure that she will sing for him again.
* DrowningMySorrows: Raoul does this at the start of Act Two at a Coney Island bar, wondering in song "Why Does She [Christine] Love Me?" Meg even asks him "Drowning your sorrows?" when she arrives.
* TheEdwardianEra: The temporal setting.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: The title song.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: Meg Giry's stage career in America seems to benefit from this trope; she is billed as "The Ooh-La-La Girl" at Phantasma.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: See CymbalClangingMonkey above.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: In the London production, Christine's gown for the concert.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: The Phantom gives Christine a dazzling necklace as part of "Before the Performance".
* FluffyFashionFeathers: For Meg and her fellow Phantasma dancers.
* FreakyIsCool: Gustave thinks so, as established in the songs "Beautiful" and "The Beauty Underneath".
* TheGamblingAddict: Raoul de Chagny, which leaves the family TrappedByGamblingDebts and thus accepting the lucrative offer extended to Christine to perform in the U.S.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: [[spoiler: The Phantom. Despite his running out on Christine ''immediately'' after conceiving Gustave, staying away for ten years, and showing no evidence that he could ever make a decent parent, we're [[EsotericHappyEnding supposed to be happy]] when he ends up with the kid.]] At least he's not an alcoholic...
* GoldDigger: Madame Giry, in "Ten Long Years", accuses Christine of being this -- why else would she have rejected the Phantom for Raoul?
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Most of the characters are either members of the upper crust or performers at a lavish amusement park, so this is a given.
* TheHecateSisters: Meg (maiden), Christine (mother), and Madame Giry (crone).
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Meg Giry is this to the Phantom.
* IncestSubtext: As described on the YMMV page.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:It's Raoul who]] makes this decision.
* IWantSong: "Till I Hear You Sing".
* LastKiss: It is shared between [[spoiler: the dying Christine and the Phantom]].
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Fleck, an aerialist, is also a little person in the Australian production. (In the London version, she's of average stature but "half-bird, half-woman".)
* LoveDodecahedron: Christine must once again choose between Raoul and the Phantom, and then things are further complicated with Meg Giry's interest in the Phantom, as an IgnoredEnamoredUnderling.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Meg Giry.]] "I gave what they would take. I gave it for your sake!"
* [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather: The Phantom is Gustave's real father.]]
* MeaningfulName: Originally, Christine and company came to the U.S. on the ship '' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persephone Persephone]]''; this was subsequently changed, but the detail turns up on the soundtrack album. And why didn't she and Raoul suspect anything was amiss when she was asked to perform at a park called ''Phantasma''? (The Australian version changes this plot point -- she comes to the U.S. because she's been hired by Oscar Hammerstein, but the Phantom does some arm twisting to convince her to sing for him instead.)
* {{Melodrama}}: As per its predecessor, the characters get themselves into a lather over every little thing. Gustave desperately pleads with his father to look at a ''music box'', and the Phantom entering Christine's room is scored with music that would be more appropriate for a tragic ''ending'' to a show than the halfway point of Act One.
* MoneyDearBoy: [[invoked]] Christine is performing at Phantasma solely to earn money to pay off Raoul's gambling debts.
* MonsterClown: Subverted in the Australian version with Gangle and the other clowns -- they and their fellow Phantasma performers ''are'' working for the Phantom and come off as strange and menacing in the way they beckon visitors to their stomping grounds, but are not actually bad people.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Raoul asks himself this when he realizes that he might not win his bet with the Phantom.
* NiceHat: Christine has two of these, as per upper-class fashion of the time period.
* ObliviousToLove: The Phantom doesn't realize that [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] is in love with him because he's preoccupied with Christine.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: The music box the three freaks give Gustave upon arrival plays the opening strains of "The Point of No Return", alterting Christine to the danger she and her family are walking into. (In the London version, it only played a cheerful march at first, but then "Point of No Return" just before the Phantom enters Christine's room.)
* OpeningBallet: After the prologue comes "The Coney Island Waltz" in the London version. The Australian version turned it into a full song for the Phantom's lackeys and the chorus and set it after "Till I Hear You Sing", which was moved to the top of the show.
* PapaWolf: After Christine sings the title song and returns to the dressing room, she discovers Gustave is missing. Needless to say, his father is livid. He is ready to use every bit of his influence to stop [[spoiler:Raoul de Chagny]] from leaving Coney Island and to manhandling and/or murdering [[spoiler: the Girys]] to get back his son.
* PimpedOutDress: Christine has one for her Coney Island concert.
* PowerTrio: Fleck, Squelch, and Gangle, a trio of "freaks" who serve as the Phantom's lackeys.
** BigThinShortTrio: In the Australian version, Squelch is big (he's a strongman), Gangle is thin (he's a barker), and Fleck is short (she's a little person).
* ProperLady: Christine strives to be this, and works hard to present a proper face to the world despite Raoul's flaws making her and Gustave's life less than ideal. [[spoiler: The fact that she betrayed her fiance and still pines for a deranged killer proves she isn't this.]]
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Before kidnapping Gustave, [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] destroys a dressing room mirror.
* ReclusiveArtist: The Phantom became this over the ten years separating the two shows -- everyone in New York City knows about the amazing "Mr. Y", but very, very few see him.
* TheReveal: The show pivots on three big reveals: one, [[spoiler: the Phantom and Christine had a one-night stand]], two, [[spoiler: he's Gustave's father]], and three, [[spoiler: the Phantom's dreams could never have been realized if Meg hadn't been forced into prostitution]].
* RightBehindMe: As Meg leaves the bar, Raoul shouts after her that the Phantom isn't as powerful as she thinks he is, and that he's no more than a "circus freak". Then he turns and sees the Phantom has just arrived...
* SanitySlippage: At the end, [[spoiler: Meg undergoes this]].
* SceneryPorn: The London version indulges in video effects for this (particularly for scene transitions), but the Australian version is no less lavish.
* SequelEscalation: In a fairly clever CallBack to the original, which had [[CleolindaJones The Chandelier Of Doom And Exposition]] reassemble itself and rise above the audience during the overture, LND has ''Coney Island itself'' go from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WwCPrDuk_I&feature=related decrepit wreck to dazzling midway]] while the chorus sings about its heyday.
* SetSwitchSong: "Invitation to the Concert".
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: The reprise of "Devil Take the Hindmost".
* StageMom: Madame Giry for Meg.
* {{Stripperific}}: Meg's costumes.
* TenorBoy: Raoul, though he's not much of a boy anymore...
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Guys]]: The freaks, Fleck, Squelch, and Gangle. Miss Fleck sort of stands out more due to being a woman and (in the Australian production) a little person.
* TitleDrop: Christine does this several times, and not just in the title song.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: The de Chagnys, thanks to Raoul.
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: The show's most harped-upon message, down to the song titles "Look With Your Heart" and "The Beauty Underneath".
* TrueBlueFemininity: Christine's dress for the concert in the Australian version; its coloring is modeled after a peacock's, and the stage backdrop of peacock feathers even serves as an extension of her gown.
* TrueLoveIsBoring: There's little indication given that Christine and Raoul have ever been happy since they got married.
* WhamLine: "That boy... that music.... he plays like me!"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So what happens to [[spoiler: Meg? We spend all this time watching her heartbreaking descent into madness, she kills Christine, and....no closure on her character]]?
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Meg Giry seems to be an uncharacteristically young example of this trope; back in Paris she had a "promising" ballet career ahead of her -- the stage musical even presents her as the lead of the corps de ballet -- and now she's a burlesque stripper.
* WomanInBlack: Madame Giry.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] tries to kill Gustave in the climax.
** In the revised version, Christine refuses to sing for the Phantom until he threatens to take Gustave from her. [[spoiler:He ends up having a Villainous Breakdown at the end of the first act when he realizes Gustave is his child.]]
* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Madame Giry]] claims as much. This takes on a darker cast when the audience learns [[spoiler: that she prostituted her ''adult daughter'' for years]].
* WritersCannotDoMath: The sequel, set in 1907, is supposed to take place ten years after the original. Whether you go by the stage version (set in 1881) or the movie (1870), this doesn't add up. The opening text on the filmed version of the Australian staging says the original's events took place in 1895!
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Christine slept with the Phantom the night before her and Raoul's wedding...and based on that alone can conclude Gustave is the Phantom's son. While possible suspicions of infidelity would explain Raoul's change in character, this is never suggested; when the Phantom raises the question that Gustave isn't his, Raoul's genuine surprise implies he's had no reason to be suspicious of Christine.]]
* YourSonAllAlong: The Phantom realizes at the end of Act One that Gustave is his son, not Raoul's.
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* YourSonAllAlong: The Phantom realizes at the end of Act One that Gustave is his son, not Raoul's.
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11th Apr '13 4:28:11 PM Xtifr
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Compare and contrast with ''ThePhantomOfManhattan'', the novel derived from Lloyd Webber and FrederickForsyth's ideas for a sequel in TheNineties.

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Compare and contrast with ''ThePhantomOfManhattan'', ''Literature/ThePhantomOfManhattan'', the novel derived from Lloyd Webber and FrederickForsyth's ideas for a sequel in TheNineties.
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* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] is this to the Phantom.

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* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] Giry is this to the Phantom.



* LoveDodecahedron: Christine must once again choose between Raoul and the Phantom, and then things are further complicated with [[spoiler: Meg Giry's]] interest in the Phantom.

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* LoveDodecahedron: Christine must once again choose between Raoul and the Phantom, and then things are further complicated with [[spoiler: Meg Giry's]] Giry's interest in the Phantom.Phantom, as an IgnoredEnamoredUnderling.
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* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] is this to the Phantom.


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* LoveDodecahedron: Christine must once again choose between Raoul and the Phantom, and then things are further complicated with [[spoiler: Meg Giry's]] interest in the Phantom.


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* ObliviousToLove: The Phantom doesn't realize that [[spoiler: Meg Giry]] is in love with him because he's preoccupied with Christine.
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The show ran from 2010-11 in the West End while plans for a Broadway production were lost to DevelopmentHell. A revised Australian production ran from 2011-12 and was filmed and released on [=DVD=]. A staging in Denmark is planned for 2012.

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The show ran from 2010-11 in the West End while plans for a Broadway production were lost to DevelopmentHell. A revised Australian production ran from 2011-12 and was filmed and released on [=DVD=]. A staging in Denmark is planned for opened in 2012.
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* TrueLoveIsBoring: There's little indication given that Christine and Raoul have ever been happy since they got married.
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The show ran from 2010-11 in the West End; an Australian production with a revised book, some changes to the music order and lyrics, ran from 2011-12 and was filmed and released on [=DVD=]. A staging in Denmark is planned for 2012. As for an American production, that is currently in DevelopmentHell (it was supposed to open on Broadway in Fall 2010).

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The show ran from 2010-11 in the West End; an End while plans for a Broadway production were lost to DevelopmentHell. A revised Australian production with a revised book, some changes to the music order and lyrics, ran from 2011-12 and was filmed and released on [=DVD=]. A staging in Denmark is planned for 2012. As for an American production, that is currently in DevelopmentHell (it was supposed to open on Broadway in Fall 2010).\n
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