Heading across the pond soon and want to see a show? Well are you in luck theatre fans. As we speak there are over seventy plays and musicals playing in the West End. Now while I have never had the pleasure of visiting London it is definitely something I am dying to do. I'm just afraid that I will love it so much I might never want to leave. Sorry New York. The big question of course is what to see while you are there. With that many shows there sure are a lot to choose from. So let's start with the most popular ones first and go from there shall we?
First up is Miss Saigon. Growing up in Illinois I wasn't exposed to a lot of theatre except the ones I starred in during high school and of course community theatre. Had to get my culture somehow. Thankfully I had a great choir teacher who introduced us to such shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and of course Miss Saigon which ended up becoming my favorite. Cut to a few years later I was living in New York and I got the chance to see it. So was it all I hoped it would be and more? I'll be honest while I did enjoy finally hearing the music sung live for the first time it was a little over produced at some points.
Of course so is Wicked and it's still one of Broadway's most popular shows. Oh well. Not all shows are perfect. Doesn't mean they aren't entertaining right? After all that is what theatre is supposed to do. Anyway back to Miss Saigon. The show which first premiered in London almost twenty-five years ago is back and hotter than ever. In fact it was announced recently that this new production set a new world record for opening day ticket sales. Looks like it's going to do well.
Next up is one of London's most popular show's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which of course is based on the 1964 book by Roald Dahl and is now in it's second year at the Drury Lane Theatre with tickets currently on sale thru May 2015. Now of course just like Broadway there are a slew of long running shows that you can see as well such as Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Mamma Mia and Matilda. But what if musicals aren't your thing? Well don't worry because when it comes to plays London has it covered. One of the West End's most successful and long running plays is The Mousetrap which believe it or not first premiered in 1952.
Or how about The 39 Steps which played here in New York for almost four years. Not only that but you have five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury in a revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit as well as Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra. You see that? There truly is something for everybody. New plays. Exciting revivals. Ground breaking new musicals. London has it all and then some. Better yet we here at Applause sell all of them. So why not give us a call and see what we can do for you. Until next time theatre fans.
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