Webber confirms sequel to musical
The Phantom will be back.Andrew Lloyd Webber confirmed he’ll write a sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” his 1988 mega-tuner that last year surpassed the composer’s “Cats” as the longest-running show in Broadway history. In a short video post on his website dated March 9, Lloyd Webber said only that he’d decided to go ahead with the project and that it would be set in New York City. The sequel has been gestating, in one form or another, for years now. Composer had previously collaborated with novelist Frederick Forsyth (“The Day of the Jackal”) on a sequel, but that project was dropped. However, in 1998 a new song purportedly from a developing sequel was performed at a 50th birthday celebration for Lloyd Webber at Royal Albert Hall. And the next year Forsyth came out with the novel “The Phantom of Manhattan” — a sequel to “Phantom” set in Gotham.