London is globally recognized as being a host to some of the most dazzling musical theater performances to date. Staple West End productions such as Les Miserables and My Fair Lady have enchanted thousands of spectators over the years. Here are some upcoming musicals that are worth keeping an eye on.
This November, the musical production of The Bodyguard, the American film featuring the late Whitney Houston, will grace the stage of the Adelphi Theater. Directed by award-winning Thea Sharrock, the musical will be starring Heather Headley, a Broadway performer and Grammy-winner hailing from Trinidad, and Lloyd Owen, best known for playing Paul Bowman-MacDonald in BBC drama Monarch of the Glen. Featuring irresistible hits and an undeniably talented cast, the production has all the tools to be a success.
Once, the stage adaptation of the 2006 Oscar-winning film featuring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, will be taking up residence in London’s Phoenix theater in the Spring. The intimate and minimalistic Broadway version of the show having been beyond successful, its British adaptation was quasi-inevitable. The raw emotional quality of the songs combined with a powerful storyline will surely make for an unforgettable West End production.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
London’s West End will be welcoming the musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, the musical spawned by Roald Dahl’s novel will be starring Tony award-winning Douglas Hodge as the wondrous Willy Wonka, eccentric chocolate-maker. Spectators of all ages will embark on a familiar yet riveting musical journey, featuring choreographies by Peter Darling and music by Marc Shaiman. The show, produced by Warner Bros, will start previewing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane mid-May.
Book of Mormon
In March, the Broadway hit Book of Mormon musical production will be playing in London’s Prince of Wales Theatre, where the smash hit Mamma Mia! will be ending its run. Irreverent and outspoken, Book of Mormon is South Park directors Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway debut. The satirical musical centres on teenage Mormon boys sent on a mission to Uganda in order to teach their faith. Refreshingly truthful, the musical will most certainly be a delight.