Considering winter’s doom and gloom, we are taking alternate approaches to secure that song-in-your-heart feeling of a warm spring day.
The C&TH team brings you the musicals on in London right now that will make your face flush with warmth.
The Best Musicals in London
Jesus Christ Superstar
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s multi award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR transfers to the Barbican Theatre for just 60 performances in 2019. The production won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, and played two sell-out runs at the Open Air Theatre before playing the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2018. Direction by Timothy Sheader. 4 July – 24 August. www.jcsuperstar.co.uk
At Bobbie’s (Rosalie Craig) 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and why can’t she settle down and have a family? Featuring Stephen Sondheim’s award winning songs Company, You Could Drive a Person Crazy, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive. Until 30, March 2019. Visit delfontmackintosh.co.uk
Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, Hadestown comes to the National Theatre prior to Broadway. In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust is put to a final test. Until 26 January. Visit nationaltheatre.org.uk
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
The Apollo Theatre
Sixteen-year-old Jamie lives on a council estate in Sheffield, doesn’t fit in, is terrified of what’s ahead and, by the way, is going to be a sensation. The show celebrates the support of families, friends, squelching bullies and stepping into the spotlight. Featuring John McCrea, Josie Walker, Tamsin Carroll, Mina Anwar, Lucie Shorthouse and Phil Nichol. Visit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Les Misérables by Boublil and Schönberg
This timeless piece has been seen by 70 million people and performed in 22 different languages. Who wouldn’t want to hear ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ live? After breaking parole, ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the policeman Javert. Valjean’s decision to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, puts a whole new dimension to the story in motion. Visit Les Mis.
Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda
Victoria Palace Theatre
The phenomenon has spread overseas. Lin Manuel Miranda’s jewel of a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton is not only about a revolution, but is a musical revolution in and of itself. Follow the story of the American Founding Father through song and rap in one of the most soulful, theatrical experiences to date. Now extended to 15 December Visit Hamilton.
Dreamgirls by Tom Eyen
Dreamgirls is the story of three singers – Deena, Lorrell, and Effie who begin as a group called the Dreamettes at The Apollo Theatre’s Amateur Night. Soon they will get to know what show business is all about…. How come success so often goes hand in hand with torrid affairs? Until 12 January 2019, Visit Dreamgirls.
Wicked by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Dorothy’s triumph over the Wicked Witch is only one side of the story. Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, re-imagines the Land of Oz, proposing a parallel universe to that of L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. Wicked tells a story of an unlikely, deep friendship between two young women. One blonde and one green. Visit Wicked the Musical at The Apollo Victoria Theatre
The Lion King by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
The Lion King uses breathtaking theatrical magic to tell the story of Simba’s journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands. This spectacle for children and adults alike is made all the more memorable through music by Elton John and Hans Zimmer with lyrics by Tim Rice. Visit The Lion King.
Matilda by Dennis Kelly
The Road Dahl classic Matilda is about a girl with a vivid imagination and sharp mind who, yet, is belittled by cruel parents and a brutal headmistress. Matilda and her classmate’s vitality showcases the show’s youthful, tour de force. Visit Matilda the Musical.
The razzle dazzle has returned to London and Cuba Gooding Jr. can be held, in part, responsible. The six Tony Award winning musical will run on the West End for just 14 weeks, step ball change on the gas to get to the theatre and see Gooding star in this classic. Bob Fosse’s choreography and the jazz band on stage are all the more reason. Visit Chicago.
‘Come and meet those dancing feet, on the avenue I’m taking you to forty second street. The tapping feet beneath the just-raised curtain as the show begins will give you a sense of excitement special to musical theatre. It’s the most classic dose of musical around; nowhere will you find more sequins and pounding tap-dancers on one stage. Visit 42 Street Musical.
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