When you think of top 10 London Musicals most likely what comes to mind is a list of shows that have been around for a long time in the West End due their popularity. Of course there is a reason these shows are constantly listed at the top 10 London Musicals - they sell tickets! Year after year, visitors flock to London from all over the world to see a West End musical.
Current Top 10 London Musicals list are Olivier audience award winners We Will Rock You, Lion King, Chicago, Phantom, Love Never Dies, Wicked, Mama Mia, Billy Elliot, Thriller Live and Les Miserables. Dirty Dancing has also had phenonemal success as has Stomp.
However here is an alternative Top 10 London Musicals list and why you should try out these shows! In reverse order:
10. Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre. The story: the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. The incredible score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.Reason to go see this show: The reviews say "Devastating. A masterpiece. If you haven't seen it, go. If you have, go again!" - News of the World , "Gripping, gritty and superbly hummable, it's a must"- Mail on Sunday. On stage in it's 24th year - it is a hugely popular show that has huge discounts available by booking Blood Brothers tickets online.
9. Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud TheatreThe story: Set in 1934 Cleveland, Ohio an Opera House Manager books the world's greatest tenor Tito Merelli to sing for one night and take care of all his financial problems through inflated ticket prices, but after apparently "dying" before the performance, theatre assistant Max, who fancies himself as an opera singer, impersonates Il Stupendo. He carries it of perfectly, fooling everyone but when Tito suddenly resurrects, true farce takes over with mistaken identities and ensuing chaos with the help of a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department!Reason to see this show: This comedy musical was nominated for best musical in a regional theatre after playing in Plymouth's Theatre Royal to nightly standing ovations. Book Lend Me A Musical tenor tickets online for a no booking fee offer.
8. The Tiger Who Came To Tea at the Vaudeville TheatreThe story: It tells the tale of Sophie and her mummy who, just as they are about to have their tea, hear the doorbell ring. To their surprise, they discover a large tiger, who promptly waltzes into their house and sits down at the table. Unsurprisingly, mayhem ensues, as the tiger eats them out of house and home and drinks all the water from every tap, meaning Sophie can't have her evening bath.Reasons to see the show: Based on best selling author Judith Kerr's much loved story, this adaptation is by David Wood, the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children, the tale now includes catchy sing-along songs and is sure to spellbind younger audiences and is a inexpensive option for keeping your kids entertained this summer.
7. South Pacific at the BarbicanThe story: Set during World War II, South Pacific is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war.Reasons to see this show: Do you need a reason to see a Rogers & Hammerstein classic? This production featuring those well known songs comes from the Lincoln Centre on Broadway where it won 7 Tony awards including Best Male lead for acclaimed Metropolitan Opera star Paulo Szot who is reprising his role.
6. Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello TheatreThe story: It is 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.Reasons to see this show: Featuring a great British cast, this is Cameron Mackintosh's first new musical in 10 years based on the story by Alan Bennett and star of the show is the amazing (and costly) Betty the Pig! The critics have loved this show and it has just extended.
5. Million Dollar Quartet at the Noel Coward TheatreThe story: tells the electrifying story of the night Elvis Presley, Jonny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis came together to make music, and ended up making history on 4 December 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis.Reasons to see this show: This Tony award winning show was a smash hit on Broadway and features over 20 classic hits from 4 of the greatest musicians of that era that are bound to have you singing and dancing. Book Million Dollar Quartet tickets online for discounts until the end of July.
4. Ghost the Musical at The Piccadilly TheatreThe story: A timeless story about the power of love, Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with his girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer.Reasons to see this show: Premiering in the West End this month, pre-west end reviews have been fantastic of this loved Oscar winning film adapted by the film's write for the stage. Music and lyrics are by Dave Stuart, this show is bound to become a West End classic.
3. Legally Blonde at the SavoyThe story: College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law!Reasons to see this show: A hit Hollywood, this fun musical adaptation won Best Musical at the Laurence Olivier awards as well as acting awards. With a fresh new cast including musical star Lee Mead joining the show, now is the time to book Legally Blonde tickets online to take advantage of top price tickets reduced!
2. Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury TheatreThe story: In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s.Reasons to see this show: A huge hit in the US, celebs flock to this show to rock out to the 80's. Tom Cruise is a huge fan and is making a feature movie along with Catherine Zita Jones, Alex Baldwin, Russell Brand to name a few. See it first from September starring X Factor winner Shane Ward!
1. Fela! at the Sadlers Wells TheatreThe story: A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), Fela! reveals Kuti's controversial life as an artist and political activist. Reasons to see this show: You only have 5 weeks to see one of the most amazing musical shows staged. As a National Theatre production the show was nominated for 3 Olivier awards, a huge hit on broadway and winner of 3 Tony Awards. Critics and 400,000 theatre goers so far love this show with the New York Times critic saying: ‘There should be dancing in the streets. There has never been anything like this.’ Don't miss out of this exciting musical only on a limited run in the West End.
The London West End is bursting with great new shows as well as long running classics so get out there and explore. Maybe you will be surprised and will make your own Top 10 London Musicals