Ishared my all time favourite musicals last week, but in reality I don’t actually see that many new musicals, preferring to spend the majority of my theatre going time seeing plays. Nevertheless there are a number of musicals coming out this year in London that I am really REALLY very excited about. These are a mixture of brand new, new to London and revivals and I’ve not seen them before, but I really want to! These should be booked ASAP.
I have never seen Gypsy and it’s a classic that I am super excited about, especially following the rave reviews it received at Chichester and Imelda Staunton at the helm. I saw her in Sweeney Todd a few years ago and she was fantastic.
In a sentence: Gypsy is a Sondheim musical from 1959 based on the life of American striptease artist – Gypsy Rose Lee, though it primarily focuses on her mother Rose, the original show business mum, as she and her two daughters travel across the country with their vaudeville act.
Opens: 28th March (oooh exciting, only a few weeks away!)
Where: The Savoy Theatre
I love the movie and have loved the musical ever since we did it at school when I was 12 years old and the boy I had a massive crush on played the title role. It also saw it at Secret Cinema and it was my first Secret Cinema experience and as such the most awe inspiring, so I have very fond memories of hiding under the table with my friend whilst a mighty custard pie battle raged above us.
In a sentence: Bugsy Malone is set during the prohibition where two rival gangs (of children!) fight a turf war with custard guns and really if that doesn’t convince you, I am not sure if anything will.
Opens: 11th April
Where: Lyric (Hammersmith)
I didn’t even know there was a musical version of Carrie, in fact I’ve read the book (and all those years later, I still have a vivid memory of the first few pages, you should check it out if you haven’t) but not seen either of the movies. This is the first time the musical is showing in London since it’s original production, which was a spectacular flop. It transferred to Broadway and closed only just a handful of shows at a huge financial loss! However, I think that the Southwark Playhouse sounds like the right home for it and I am very curious to see it.
In a sentence: Carrie is a bullied teenage girl with a magical secret, and there is a lot of blood, I mean it’s Stephen King, so definitely not one for the squeamish.
Opens: 1st May (Only on for 1 month!)
Where: Southwark Playhouse (This is one of my favourite venue for off West End musicals)
Bend it Like Beckham
Oh my god, this is one of my favourite movies, one which I have seen countless of times and as such the news that it’s being made into a musical has made me super happy. Really can’t wait for this one, I have very high hopes for it and from what I’ve read it sounds like it will meet my expectations. Also, the cast is perfect!
In a sentence: Bend it like Beckham is about a girl that happens to be awesome at playing football, much to the dismay of her fairly traditional Indian family and the obstacles she has to navigate on the path to following her dreams. (Sounds cheesy, but it’s epic, trust me.)
Opens: 15th May
Where: Phoenix Theatre
I was very tempted to see this on Broadway when I was in New York last year, where it won 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, but resisted because of the news that is going to open in the West End. It sounds seriously fun. Also googling it just now I discovered that there is also a movie! With Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role of Lola! Must see this.
In a sentence: Kinky Boots is based on true events and tells the story of a man who inherits a shoe factory from his dad, to save the business he begins an unlikely partnership with Lola, a cabaret performer and drag queen.
Opens: 21 August
Where: Adelphi Theatre
Am I missing anything?! Comment and let me know!