“Love Never Dies” – and neither does this song…

So here it is, the titular tune from the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies:

Hang on a second you say – that sounds familiar! Well, of course it does. The song was first announced as a song for the The Phantom of the Opera sequel in 1998, but with the title “The Heart is Slow to Learn”. For the sake of comparison:

Of course, when the project didn’t take off back then, the song was incorporated into The Beautiful Game, as “Our Kind of Love”. Here’s a version of the song – in Hungarian, unfortunately, but you get the idea:

One of the highlights of that show, it seemed strange when it was excised from the score when the show was revised to become The Boys in the Photograph. Now I guess we all know why it happened…

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