There are multiple amazing shows that have never seen the light of the London’s West End! So here is my top 5 musicals that need a West End production! NOT INCLUDING MUSICALS THAT HAVE HAD AN OFF-WEST END PRODUCTION
5. BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL – Lin Manuel Miranda’s genius is not unknown in London, with In The Heights finishing a run in January, and Hamilton opening in 2017, so why not go for his third? Bring It On is based on the movies of the same name. It features Campbell, a high school cheerleader for Truman High School. When she lets a junior, Eva (fabulously played on Broadway by Elle McLemore), onto the cheer squad, she finds herself mysteriously transferred to another high school – Jackson. Jackson is round and rowdy, and it has no cheerleading squad. When Campbell finds out that Eva is now team captain and is the reason she was removed from her perfect school life, she takes it upon herself to form a cheerleading squad at Jackson. With Truman High School’s music by Tom Kitt, and Jackson High School’s music by Lin Manuel Miranda, this musical is a celebration of cheer and really deserved a West End production.
4. A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL – A Christmas Story is based on the beloved American classic Christmas movie. It centres on Ralphie, a young boy, who wants nothing more for Christmas than an official Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun with a compass and stock and this thing that tells time. He realises that it’s sooner to Christmas than he expected, and although his friends, family, teachers and even a mall Santa tell him “You’ll shoot your eye out!” He doesn’t give up determination to get what he wants for Christmas. With a beautiful score by the wonderful Pasek & Paul (my favourite composers), A Christmas Story would really work over here for a short seasonal run or UK tour.
3. HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL – Heathers premiered Off-Broadway in 2014 and has developed a huge fan base. Based on the 90’s film starring Winona Ryder, and set in the eighties, many people call Heathers the original mean girls. When Veronica finds herself in the coolest clique in school, formed up of Heather Chandler, Heather Duke, and Heather McNamara (fabulously played Off-Broadway by Elle McLemore), she realises she bit off more than she can chew and she hates her new best friend, Chandler. When she gets involved with new boy, JD, their relationship becomes a force to be reckoned with, and the pair murder Heather Chandler. This first murder spirals into something a lot more sinister, and Veronica becomes a Dead Girl Walking. Awesome rock score by Legally Blonde’s Laurence O’Keefe, this show would delight west end audiences alike.
2. FUN HOME – I’ve expressed my love for Fun Home multiple times before (see here) and would love nothing more than to see it on the West End. I’d be there every. single. performance.
1. NEWSIES – It’s a classic Disney movie adapted for the stage. And although the movie wasn’t as big in the UK as it was in the US, Newsies would surely be a huge success! It focuses on Jack Kelley, news boy extraordinaire. When the likes of Joseph Pulitzer increases the selling price of the news paper by one cent for the news boys, Jack decides to round up his newsies and form a union and go on strike! Alan Menken’s awesome score and the delightful cast of characters would really make an impact on the UK audiences.
And that’s it, those are my five.
What would your five be? Let me know in the comments!