Considering spring’s trepidation and unimpressive commitment to sun, 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 warm, spring-like delight.
The Best Musicals in London
The King & I
One of the greats from the golden age of musicals: The King & I will open next month on the West End with its original Broadway cast members including Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Previews from June 21. Opens July 3rd – September 29. kingandimusical.co.uk
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story
Theatre Royal Plymouth
After playing in the West End for over 15 years, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary next year by making a return to its original opening venue and spiritual home, Theatre Royal Plymouth. Buddy will open on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 and play for 1 week before embarking on a UK wide tour. Visit buddythemusical.com
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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