The Phantom of the Opera fans who can’t make it to London for opening night of the musical’s new “sequel,” Love Never Dies, will still be able to hear the new Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Glenn Slater (lyrics) score for the show, which will be released on CD on March 9. The Decca Broadway cast recording (featuring The Little Mermaid‘s Sierra Boggess as Christine and Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom) will be released in both regular and deluxe editions. Both versions are full two-disc sets, but the deluxe will also include a bonus DVD with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, as well as a 40-page booklet. Love Never Dies is expected to open on Broadway in November 2010.
The original motion picture soundtrack to Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of the musical Nine is now available to be purchased and downloaded online. The actual CD will be released in stores on December 22. The 16-track recording features several songs from the original Broadway score, including “Guido’s Song” (sung by Daniel Day-Lewis), “A Call From the Vatican” (Penelope Cruz), “Be Italian” (Fergie), “My Husband Makes Movies” (Marion Cotillard), “Cinema Italiano” (Kate Hudson), and “Unusual Way” (Nicole Kidman). There are also a couple new songs that composer/lyricist Maury Yeston wrote specifically for the movie, as well as four bonus tracks. The film Nine, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a troubled Italian movie director, opens nationwide on December 25.