We are both big lovers of musicals and live productions which spawns back to our first ever experience when we saw Wicked in our home town of Perth years ago. This has lead to an ever growing list of musicals that gets ticked off when we are abroad as whenever we travel to New York or London we love to attend at least one or two productions.
Are you looking for shows to add to your bucket list? Here is a list of musicals we can not wait to see, including some of our favourites performance we have seen over the years!
Musicals we’ve seen and would totally recommend
When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. After seeing this play you will forever look at The Wizard of Oz in a different light!
The Lion King
Since opening on Broadway in November 1997, The Lion King has become the most successful musical in history. This musical, based on the 1994 Disney animated feature film of the same name, is all about Simba, the young lion and son of Mufasa, who was driven away from his homeland after his wicked uncle, Scar, murdered his father to replace him as king. Years after, Simba returns to stop Scar from his evil reign and take back the throne. Full of incredible costumes and songs – The Lion King is a must see!
How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
When we were in New York back in 2011 we had the opportunity to watch this amazing production, with Daniel Radcliffe as the main role. The story concerns young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who, with the help of the book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, rises from window washer to chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Company.
Based on the 1933 film of the same name, King Kong took five years of planning and over five months of rehearsals before its opening night in Melbourne, Australia. The Musical follows the ambitious young actress Ann Darrow and courageous filmmaker Carl Denham as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the world’s greatest wonder! The animatronics and puppetry of King Kong is incredible!
Mamma Mia is one of our favourite musical movies, and now one of our favourite musical productions! Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s heart-warming tale centres around Sophie, a young bride-to-be. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. We saw this one on our honeymoon in London, and would see it again – one of our all time favourites!
Musicals still on our Bucket List
The Book of Mormon
We would be very surprised if you have not heard of the smash hit, Book of Mormon! Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the guys who created South park), this musical tells the story of two clueless Mormon missionaries who attempt to bring the good word to a tribe in Uganda. We have heard that it is full of biting satire and songs that will have you laughing out loud and blushing at the same time!
We absolutely loved the Disney adaptation of The Lion King, so when we heard that there was a Disney’s Aladdin musical it automatically made it into our bucket list! Running on the West End since 2016, the story follows the familiar tale of a poor young man who is granted three wishes by a genie in a lamp, which he uses to woo a princess and to defeat the evil sultan.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Being massive Harry Potter fans, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are dying to see the two part production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We have both read J.K Rowling’s original new story, and really want to see it come to life! The story begins nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter, who is about to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
School of Rock
Both being fans of the 2003 film of the same name, School of Rock is a rock musical we really want to go and see. The musical follows Dewey Finn, an out-of-work rock singer and guitarist who pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After identifying the musical talent in his students, Dewey forms a band of fifth-graders, in an attempt to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands contest.
Ever since we watched the film adaptation of Les Miserables it has been on our musical bucket list. The London production has run continuously since October 1985, making it the longest-running musical in the West End! The story is set in the 1800’s in France and follows the story of Jean Valjean. After spending nineteen years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread he is finally released, but his past keeps haunting him.
Whats at the top of your West End bucket list?
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