As is fairly obvious, I am a massive fan of musical theatre. So, to celebrate the new year, I am going to share my top 10 musical theatre moments to watch in 2016, in no particular order. So, without further ado, lets begin.
(Before I begin, I have to mention, closing in February 2016 is Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway. If you can get a ticket to see that you absolutely must!)
You’d have to have been living under a rock to not have heard of this one by now. After a sell out run at the Public Theatre, Hamilton moved to Broadway in August 2015. I wrote a blog about it here if you want to read more.
2. The Color Purple
The Color Purple’s revival first played at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013 before moving to Broadway in December of 2015. Although having only just opened, it has received amazing reviews and is set to be a big contender at 2016’s Tony Awards.
3. Sheridan Smith
Although Sheridan Smith appeared on the West End in Legally Blonde years ago, she’ll be back in 2016 as Fanny Brice in the revival of Funny Girl. In 2015 it opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where it will continue to play to sell out audiences in early 2016 before moving to the West End in April.
4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
This is a bittersweet one, as Hedwig and the Angry Inch closed on Broadway in September. However this is because it is making plans to come to London in the near future! Yay!
5. School of Rock
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of the hit movie School of Rock opened on Broadway in 2015. It is planning to open at the London Palladium too, in late 2016.
6. Spring Awakening
Deaf West Theatre’s revival of Spring Awakening, which incorporates sign language into the original show, opened on Broadway in 2015. Although it is a strictly limited engagement, it is wowing audiences every single night.
7. Newsies on tour
Despite having closed on Broadway, Newsies continues to tour around the USA, and in late 2015 a new cast began doing just that. But what I want to know is, when is there going to be Newsies in the UK?? 🙂
8. The King and I
A revival of The King and I opened on Broadway in 2015, starring Kelli O’Hara and Hoon Lee. It picked up a fair few Tonys at the 2015 awards, and looks like it’ll run for a lot longer yet. It’s a show with lots of memories for me, from when I played one of the King’s children in the 2012 UK tour.
9. Finding Neverland
Another screen to stage adaptation, Finding Neverland opened on Broadway starring Glee’s Matthew Morrison. It did not receive any Tony nominations, but it is still selling out and stunning audiences.
Beautiful has been playing on Broadway for a while now, and this year Chilina Kennedy replaced Jessie Mueller in the starring role of Carole King. In 2015 it opened on the West End and its a show I’d love to catch at some point.
So there you have it! My favourite musical theatre moments to watch in 2016 🙂
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