Now believe it or not but I have never been to London. In fact except for the occasional trip to visit my family in Illinois I rarely leave New York City. Now don't get me wrong. I'm sure I would love it. Probably so much that I would want to stay forever. No. I love to New York too much to do that. Now unlike Broadway where a new season begins in June following the Tony Awards and usually ends during the last week of April London doesn't work that way. A show opens when it wants too. Let's take a look.
First up is Les Miserables. Yes I know it's not a new show. In fact the show is set to celebrate it's 25th Anniversary. To mark that special occasion a special concert version of the show starring Broadway veterans Norm Lewis,Tony winner Lea Salonga,teen pop sensation Mick Jonas will play London's O2 Arena on October 3. Not only that but another production of this award winning musical will play at it's original theatre(Barbican)from September 14-October 2. Three productions of Les Miz at the same time? What is a theatre fan to do? See all three I guess.
Next up is Passion. The show which won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Musical will begin performances at the world renowned Donmar Warehouse on September 10. The theatre will also present concert version of two of Sondheim's other know works. Merrill We Roll Along and Company. Next up is Fela. The show which received ten 2010 Tony nominations including Best Musical will begin preview at the Nationals Olivier Theatre on November 6. Sahr Ngaujah who received a Tony nomination for Best Actor will cross the pond to reprise his role for the London production.
To be honest I'm not sure how London theatregoers will take to the show? However if it is as well received as the New York production expect the show to have a long run. Finally we have Flashdance The Musical. Any idea what it is based on? Why the cult 1983 movie of the same name of course. I have a feeling this one might do very well in London. Now I've been wrong before but London theatregoers loved Dirty Dancing and turned it into one of the biggest hits in years. We shall see. Sounds like London might be the place to be this fall.Who knows? Maybe I'll see you there.Until next time theatre fans.
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