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The Phantom of the Opera
Spoilers ahead. Whether through novel, play, or film, The Phantom of the Opera has captivated fans for years with its compelling tale and resounding soundtrack. We enjoy juxtaposing the twisted romance of the Phantom and Christine with the pure love between her and Raoul.
The story concludes with the Phantom setting Christine free after realizing his folly, and she leaves together with Raoul. Despite this fairly happy ending, many fans sought for the Phantom and Christine to ultimately choose one another. After all, Raoul and Christine's romance bloomed almost out of nowhere, while she and the Phantom had kindled a long (albeit manipulative) history. Still, this pairing will forever remain an unfulfilled dream . . . right?
Love Never Dies
Perhaps not. Unbeknownst to many, Phantom's story continues in the musical sequel Love Never Dies. Mixed reviews explain the sequel's obscurity, but despite its flaws, I enjoyed discovering the ultimate fate of the characters from Phantom.
Raoul de Chagny
In The Phantom of the Opera
Raoul, a young and handsome noble, romances Christine and helps separate her from the Phantom. After she enlightens the Phantom about the wrongs of his actions, Raoul and Christine flee together, presumably to live happily ever after.
In Love Never Dies
Of all characters, Raoul changes the most. In the original story, he and Christine essentially fell in love at first sight and stay such throughout the story. Here, Raoul and Christine face turbulence in their marriage and grow more distant as the tale progresses. Raoul's new love for alcohol further complicates things, and by the end, Christine makes it clear she truly loves the Phantom, not Raoul.
Raoul doesn't end up with Christine, and likely has Gustave taken away as well (see below), but he's now free to pursue a new romance—and hopefully develop it before attempting marriage.
In The Phantom of the Opera
Depending on what media you're experiencing, Christine's situation and feelings drastically change. In the original novel, she's largely an unwilling victim involved in a one-sided romance. Contrastingly, many stage productions and the 2004 film hints towards genuine affection between her and the Phantom. Nonetheless, she and Raoul are together by the story's denouement.
In Love Never Dies
Reunited with the Phantom and given the opportunity to perform once more, Christine must once again decide between Raoul and the Phantom. Raoul tells his wife that if she truly loves him, she'll refuse to sing for the Phantom, and instead leave with him; however, she goes through with the performance after seeing the Phantom's newfound kindness. The two fall in love and share a passionate kiss.
Unfortunately, in the climax Christine is accidentally shot as the Phantom tries to calm a crazed Meg Giry (who you may remember as Christine's opera friend), jealous of the affection the Phantom bestows upon Christine. Christine dies in the Phantom's arms after declaring her love for him will never die.
The Phantom (Erik)
In The Phantom of the Opera
In the aftermath of his debut, the Phantom is either dead or alone (depending on which version you see). Nonetheless, he learns love is earned with appropriate actions, not taken with brute force.
In Love Never Dies
Christine's accidental death devastates the Phantom, but before she dies she reveals Gustave is actually his son, not Raoul's. This revelation not only changes our view of their relationship in the previous story, but provides an outlet for Christine and the Phantom's love to continue even after her death—through their child.
While mourning Christine, the Phantom and Gustave share a tender moment where Gustave touches the Phantom's scarred face, an act of acceptance and hope for the future. And that's exactly where the story ends. Considering their bond and blood connection, it's likely the Phantom takes Gustave under his wing.
What Your Vote Means
So, depending on your perspective, Love Never Dies is either an unnecessary sequel or a pleasant conclusion. For fans unsatisfied with the original's finale, it offers an alternate ending. While still bittersweet, we see the Phantom progress into a character capable and worthy of true love. After all, in both productions, the Phantom and Christine do not end up together, but now the cause is death, not choice.
Let me know whether you feel this improves or detracts from the story, and I'll see you at our next review!
Questions & Answers
Question: How can Christine die in the original story at the age of 63, and get shot (while younger) by Meg in Love Never Dies?
Answer: Like many fans, you're more familiar with the movies and certain stage adaptations. However, based on other endings, including the original novel's, Christine lives through the first story.
Then again, the original novel also had the Phantom die, so clearly, the characters' various fates have twisted and turned throughout different tellings.
Question: Why make the sequel to Phantom of the Opera?
Answer: Why not? Phantom proved a popular book, movie, and play. One of the easiest ways to make money is to make a follow-up to a popular series since you already have a sizable fandom.
Question: Is this article about a real sequel to Phantom of the Opera?
Question: Does Love Never Dies have a sequel?
Answer: I don't believe so, though it may have received one if it had gathered better reviews.
Question: Do you know if there is a Love Never Dies book? I absolutely LOVE the musical.
Answer: I didn't find one, so I don't believe it exists.
© 2017 Jeremy Gill
Revan on May 12, 2020:
Love never dies’ music is incredibly touching! Loved it! 8.9/10!!!!
Angelica on April 22, 2020:
I would have prefered for Christine to end up with the Phantom in the original. hate Rayol for giving up Christine when they were young only because she didn't have much money.
Jeehyun Kim on April 21, 2020:
To the question about novel, the Phantom of Manhattan is a close book.
Globalman on February 16, 2020:
I have seen the Phantom 6 times total in London and New York. I think the ending is what it should be for the storyline. The mysterious Phantom disappears never to be seen again.
Sally Scheef on September 24, 2019:
The sequel is an unnecessary addition. The stage musical has one of the most effective endings in musical theater, and the audience is left to imagine what comes after in any way that suits them,
LND distorts and plays free and loose with the characters. The Phantom, for instance, hasn't learned anything or changed because of what happened in the Final Lair. He is just as selfish and manipulative as he was before he realized what love really was and unselfishly let Christine go in the Lair. Will discovering he is a father change him? Maybe.
ALW should have left well enough alone.
Shannon on June 29, 2019:
I actually preferred Phantom to be honest. It was left to our imagination where both men still loved her after her death as evidenced by the visits to her grave. Love never dies doesn't really make a lot of sense in the context of the original. It's more an alternative than a continuation since Christine died in her 60's in the original.
Also, Raoul wasn't just a random love at first site. He was someone from her past that she's likely always had feelings for. When together, they're recalling the "Little Lottie" story, a source of affection between them. They've only been separated for 6-8 years at the end of the day. It's totally plausible to me that childhood best friends would fall in love. That's why I've always rooted for Raoul. The relationship between them was real.
The Phantom was a predator preying on a 16 year old girl, and had been preying on her for years. His interest in her wasn't healthy. lol.
Ally on May 06, 2019:
Actually, I think Christine was just unconscious
Many people kind of forgot about this, but in the 2004 movie, Christine is said to have died when she was 60 something.
Love Never Dies happens 10 years after Christine slept with the Phantom
So I'd say, it happens 11 or 12 years after she married Raoul.
Christine was born in 1854, and the action in the movie happens in 1870, so she was 16. Let's say, she got pregnant at 18. That'd mean, she was 28 when she was shot.
Do you get what I'm hinting at? Maybe she was unconscious, but survived the shot, and didn't bleed out.
TwistedRose on March 24, 2019:
I always prefered the Phantom. The death upsets me though.
Gabriel-San on January 14, 2019:
Something that I have hoped would happen is to have Gerard and the fellow cast members from the film adaptation reprise their roles in Love Never Dies. I wonder if that will ever happen...
Phantom phan on November 11, 2018:
I will always luv you, Phantom. S
the real christine daae on October 18, 2018:
i wish phantom could be here now and hold me because i have a megger crush on him for two years now .
aka gerard butler as phantom
Jazchord on September 19, 2018:
I wish christine and the phantom could've lived happily ever after not boom she's dead (the actor isn't really dead but you know what i mean) But then i suppose there'd be yet ANOTHER movie...:)
Stacie on August 30, 2018:
I love the sequel. So much more than original. Its beautiful and moving!
Fantom on November 01, 2017:
interesting, want to learn more about Love Never Dies