Once again, I’ll be combining the challenge with Music Monday.
Your Opinion of Love Never Dies
Frankly, it’s complicated. I hate the source material, Frederick Forsyth’s Phantom of Manhattan, with the flaming passion of a thousand white-hot suns. To this day, it remains the only book I’ve ever thrown across the room in disgust.
On the other hand, the voice in my head that said “If you think you’re so much better than the gifted novelist who wrote The Odessa File and Day of the Jackal, why don’t you write your own Phantom book?” resulted in In The Eye of The Beholder. So.
I bought the cast album and, honestly, thought its performers were far better than much of the material, especially the leads (Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess). There were a couple of songs that I liked, but that was as far as it went. Then, the Australian production was filmed; they put the songs in a different order and suddenly the plot was more coherent. I still wasn’t crazy about it, to be honest; we saw it in our local theatre, so I had something to go on. Still, it made better sense than the original version.
We have tickets to see the show as part of our theatre season next month, and I am trying very hard to reserve judgment. This is, after all, the show I’ve been calling Paint Never Dries for quite a while.
With all of this in mind, here is one of the two songs I thought stood out from the show: Ramin Karimloo’s “‘Til I Hear You Sing.”