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Anonymous asked: Do you think LND is ALW autotherapy, his self insert fic? I think it's quite possible, because there is a child in LND (I heard that Sarah didn't want to have a child and it was a reason for divorce) and Christine wants to be with Phantom (we all know that ALW identify himself with Phantom) and Christine died at the end (why Christine? Why not Phantom?).
I don’t really think it’s an autobiography or autotherapy. God knows both Phantom and LND has been interpreted that way a million times, because we’re talking about a composer obsessing over a young, beautiful soprano. It’s easy to connect the dots. But I don’t believe ALW sees it that way himself, and I think the similarity is accidental more than intentional.
Sarah Brightman has been pregnant a couple of times. But it’s been ectopic pregnancies and/or ending in miscarriage. She also tried multiple rounds of fertility treatments, before giving up. She’s openly spoken about this in interviews, and it appears she mourns never getting a child though she’s come to peace with it.
I agree about disliking Christine dying in the end of “Love Never Dies”, though. I’ve read several feministic interpretations of the musical, and I agree about many of the points. Whereas original!Christine takes control of her own destiny, LND!Christine ends up dying for the sins of herself and others. Where Christine is an actual love affection to both the Phantom and Raoul in the original, she is reduced to a commodity in LND - the Phantom needs her to be able to compose again, Raoul needs her to pay off his debt. And then she is shot by her best friend, now her enemy. Charming stuff.
Anonymous asked: Riddle me something: Is it true that ALW didn't wrote POTO with Sarah Brightman in mind, and that it was LND not POTO the one show that was actually personal to him? I thought he did wrote it with her in mind, but lately he has been saying the opposite. Given how he has skipped two POTO events (he was conveniently ill for Broadway Phantom 25th, and the celebration at the Tony Awards), but seemed oh so ready to run to Vienna to see the concert version of LND, I wonder if it's true.
Well… To take the health issues first, it’s definitely legit that he has been of poor health lately, both because of his cancer and following treatment, and because of a bad leg, of which he’s undergone several operations. He had those operations around the time of the 25th anniversary on Broadway, which is why he couldn’t attend. It was around the same time he decided to not attend “Love Never Dies” in Copenhagen, so I don’t think that indicates a preference of one musical.
What you SHOULD know about Andrew Lloyd Webber is that he has a selective memory and makes a new alternate story for each new project he wants to sell in. When working on a new project he talks down earlier projects, as to make the new one look better. When “Love Never Dies” opened he said thing about “Phantom of the Opera” which goes agains all previous interviews and articles. Honestly, it goes against the truth. He did for example claim that:
POTO had gotten bad reviews when it opened in West End
(which is totally not true, read the original reviews here),
POTO underwent a lot of changes during previews
("The truly staggering thing was that pretty much the entire model showing was what was presented on stage some nine months later - with hardly any alterations" production manager Martyn Hayes said in an interview when describing how Maria Bjørnson invited him to view a run through of the set models)
The role of Christine was not written for Sarah Brightman
("Sarah Brightman played Christine, a role that Andrew lloyd Webber was shaping for her, skillfully creating sweeping melodies to excercise her wonderfully pure voice" (page 68, Complete POTO). "Although Andrew Lloyd Webber has never made any secret of the fact that he composed the part of Christine with his wife, Sarah Brightman, in mind, her selection for the role was not a foregone conclusion" (page 72, complete POTO)
According to all interviews and articles written in the 80s and 90s, the role of Christine WAS written around the talents of Sarah Brigthman, and meant for her to star in. I think she’s said as much in interviews herself.
But that “Love Never Dies” was a more personal project for ALW? THAT I believe. He’s thought of the storyline and music for years and years, first collaborating with the author Frederick Forsyth to make a coherent storyline, presenting one of the songs in his 50th birthday concert in 1998, and then finally staging it in 2010. It’s been his pet project and his biggest commercial failure, and I think it’s a show he’ll always be passionate about because he put so much blood, sweat and tears into it.
When he’s ready to sell in his next project, I would not be surprised if he talks down LND, though…
Wow something we alll didn’t know about..