Top West End musicals of all time
If you enjoy nothing more than watching your favourite actors belt out a timeless tune on the big stage, the West End is the place to be. This glamorous part of London – home to some of the world’s oldest and most beautifully sculpted theatres – has played host to many spellbinding shows but while some come and go without making much of an impression, others leave a lasting legacy.
Here are some of the best:
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent musical Evita first opened at the Prince Edward Theatre on 21st June 1978 and closed on 18th February 1986 after 3,176 performances. It hit the Adelphi Theatre in a London revival back in 2006 and is currently enjoying a highly successful UK tour. In a recent interview with information site www.wow247.co.uk, Madalena Alberto described what it is like to follow Elaine Paige as the show’s leading lady, Eva Peron stating: “It’s a very challenging score. She is on-stage most of the time and it’s a sang-through piece, so vocally there isn’t much rest. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to write in some quite acrobatic, belting numbers. So, vocally, it’s always a challenge.” Evita tells the story of the extraordinary persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron and is definitely a must-see.
An emotive tale of love, broken dreams, war, sacrifice and hope, it’s easy to see why Les Misérables is one of the most-popular and longest-running musicals of all time. Not only has it been seen by more than 65 million people in 42 different countries but it has also been performed in over 22 languages across the globe – now that’s impressive. Despite being in its 29th-year, it continues to break box-office records and is sure to tug on the heartstrings of anyone who watches this tumultuous tale unfold. Featuring hit songs including I Dreamed A Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day More, On My Own and Do You Hear The People Sing? Les Misérables will have you singing for days and is currently showing at the lavish Queen’s Theatre London, so why not see what all the fuss is about for yourself?
The Phantom of the Opera
Currently in its 28th year at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, The Phantom of the Opera is one of the West End’s biggest shows. With a mesmerising score penned by the one and only Andrew Lloyd Webber, a breathtaking set and an array of special effects, it’s no wonder this timeless musical is still going strong. A legendary love story, with songs that are perfectly designed to tell this heart-warming yet often disturbing script, the Phantom of the Opera follows a disfigured man who hides within the shadows of the Paris Opera House. His infatuation for beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is enduring and it’s this that makes for an unforgettable show. Musical numbers include Angel of Music, The Music of the Night and, of course, Phantom of the Opera.
Many musicals enjoy a stint on the West End stage, but the very best live on forever!
Disclosure: This is a guest post by Debbie Fletcher. She is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of difference magazines and news publications.