Anyone who knows me, knows that my favourite type of theatre is musical theatre. I have seen my fair share over the years and decided to explain my 5 favourites.
Jersey Boys – My favourite jukebox musical to come out of the West End. The musical follows the story of Frankie Valli and the Four seasons. My favourites songs included the famous ‘Sherry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’. I loved the mixture of their hits with the story of how they came to be, starting off in the wrong part of the tracks in New Jersey, to spells in Jail, to hitting the big time with each of the members getting a say and telling their side of the story. The sense of perspective is what I really like about this musical.
The BodyGuard – This one stands out for me because of the star power of Alexandra Burke. She really knows how to belt out a tune and Whitney Houston no less! Her star power carries the show and it really is a brilliant play. Frank Farmer is played perfectly by Stuart Reid. The pair had me laughing, crying and mesmerized by their sterling performances and amazing chemistry. Burke does a stellar job of performing the Houston classics and had the whole crowd on it’s feet at the end of I Will Always Love You.
Lion King – One of the most visual productions in this list, the Lion King has been adored for years in the West End before heading on tour which is where I was lucky enough to see this amazing production. The sets and the costumes are breathtaking and with the Circle of Life added into the mix you can’t help but feel moved by the score. Tim Rice and Elton John’s original songs frame the story perfectly and you are transported to Africa for the night.
Gypsy – I saw this last year in the Savoy Theatre for my birthday and it was phenomenal. Imelda Staunton is a force to be reckoned with and definitely deserved every standing ovation that she received throughout the run; it is by far the best performance from an individual I have seen in ages. My favourite songs are Everything’s Coming Up Roses and Roses Turn. Peter Davidson and Lara Pulver completed this cast Herbie and Louise and along with the ensemble were seamless. I even rematched it when it was broadcast on BBC4.
Wicked – This is by far my all time favourite musical. Even from the early days I loved the Broadway cast recordings of Indina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth singing away to Defying Gravity and For Good. The singing is always brilliant no matter who is in the roles and the songs are so inspiring and make you feel good but emotional at the same time. It teaches people about acceptance and being true to yourself.
So that is a round-up of my all time fave musicals – what are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below
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