Broadway’s best Shows destined for London West End Theatre
Groundbreaking musicals and theatre have originated both sides of the Atlantic. For every Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, there’s a Coward, Minchen and Lloyd Webber. It’s not so long ago that Idina Menzel in Wicked was only a newspaper headline and now we’re lucky enough to have had the show in London for over a decade. It’s great news when those landmark shows make the voyage across, we can reveal that this trend is set to continue for London’s West End Theatre for many years to come.
Of course, come October 2017, everyone will be talking about the arrival of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, due to open at the Victoria Palace with its original Broadway Cast. This astonishing and original historical musical has garnered Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys (the coveted EGOT) and it even earned composer Miranda a Pulitzer Prize. Tickets will be like golddust.
In the meantime though, to whet your appetite, School of Rock starring Alex Brightman, is set to premiere at the London Palladium at the beginning of next year. According to The Stage’s Mark Shenton, it’s Lloyd Webber’s most “youthful” show since Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat— he was “totally blown away.”
You might also have heard the news that Mark Rylance is bringing his comedy New Fish to the Harold Pinter Theatre this November. We’ve not been so excited to see Rylance back onstage again since he stole the show in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem back in 2011. This one he’s co-written and it’s also directed by his wife Claire van Kampen.
There’s plenty of rumours of other Broadway hits that might be heading our way. Nothing confirmed yet but keep an eye out for Sleepless in Seattle, the musical, based on the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie. 42nd Street, which is already winging its way to Paris, may make its next opening in London. All set backstage, about a young dancer looking to make it big in the city, you might recognise the song ‘We’re in the Money’ that originated with it. And proclaimed as the most successful show alongside Hamilton, the musical Waitress, composed by Sara Bareilles is rumoured to be looking for a West End venue.
One things for certain, exciting times lie ahead for London West End Theatre, we cannot wait.