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Broadway debut of Love Never Dies is postponed

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel has received a mixed response

The Broadway opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Love Never Dies has been delayed until 2011 due to limitations on the composer's travel.

The 62-year-old is restricted from long flights while he recovers from surgery for prostate cancer, a statement said.

But the musician is well enough to continue appearing in the BBC's Over The Rainbow talent search show.

The sequel to Phantom of the Opera has been met with mixed reviews since it opened in the West End in March.

'Extremely frustrated'

The Broadway production was due to make its New York debut in November.

Lloyd Webber is said to be "extremely frustrated" about avoiding long flights, which have caused problems with his post-operative recovery.

"Doctors have requested that he does not take any further long-haul flights for the time being and until the problem has been investigated.

"This prevents him attending auditions and being part of the pre-production process in New York on the original schedule," said the statement from Love Never Dies' Broadway producers.

Lloyd Webber added that he would concentrate on producing his Wizard of Oz show in London and "be available for the creative process of bringing Love Never Dies to Broadway as soon as possible".

In January, the composer revealed that he had been given the all-clear after being treated for prostate cancer, but was re-admitted to hospital after developing a post-operative infection.

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