Musical lovers are always in search for the next amazing performance, and this isperfectly comprehensible since this combination of music, songs, dialogues anddance has a particular kind of magic. Musicals in London are one of the biggest attractions in the British capital, where the beautiful Leicester Square and Covent Garden at the West End are usually home for the best plays ever.Attending to them is a unique experience indeed, that is why, starting with TheLion King, they are strongly recommended this season for all those looking fora great deal of excellent entertainment.
The Magic of Disney
Disney stories are known to be a beautiful display of magic worldwide, and The LionKing is one of the most famous. Based upon Disney’s film from 1994, The Lion King (The Musical), isan amazing theatrical play with impressive stage designs along with strikingand colorful costumes from the very beginning to end. The original production was released in 1997 and ever since it has been an utter success. During itstwo and a half hours in length, it is the perfect excuse for grown ups to bring back sweet memories while accompanied by the kids to enjoy it over and overagain.
While the sun rises up on the horizon at the Serengeti, Rafiki summons all the animals from the savanna at the King’s Rock to meet the heir of king Mufasa,thus unleashing the exciting story where family defeats betrayal with hope and bravery, all surrounded by an astounding natural landscape and the wonderful soundtrack created by Elton John and Tim Rice, keeping every spectator glued tothe seat. With more than 7,500 performances up to date where more than eighty million spectators have come from all around the world to see it, and many awards in the bag, this musical has been dazzling both adults and kids since1999 and will keep on doing so for a long time yet to come because is one ofthe finest options in London.
Wicked is a wonderful musical with songs created by Stephen Schwartz and script by Winnie Holzman. This interpretation of the novel by Gregory Maguire named“Memories of a Bad Witch”, which is a parallel story to the Wizard of Oz, is amusical where the spectator finds out how, two of the most famous characters from the Wizard of Oz, the wicked witch from the west and the good witch fromthe north, came to know each other at the witchcraft school.
This musical is focused on the point of view of the witches Elphaba and Glinda, longway before Dorothy’s appearance, and leads the public to the exploration of the unusual friendship between these two odd characters, and also to find out thereasons why they turned into the good witch and the bad witch. The original production of Wicked was released on October 30, 2003 and after crossing the Atlantic, Ithas become one of the most successful plays in London for several years now,and certainly is a nice option to see with the kids, but specially with girls.
The story is a journey through the wizardly world of Oz and begins with the inhabitants of Oz, celebrating the death of Elphaba, the wicked witch from thewest. Once the good witch from the north announces the decease, everyone startsasking if Glinda was once elphaba’s friend for real; and after answering yes,she begins telling the development of a profound friendship unfolds along the performance.
Phantom of the Opera
This is without a doubt, a classic in London’s musical plays, with the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and over 70 of the most important awards, it is based on the french novel by Gaston Leroux, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. And just like the original, it unfolds around Christine Daaé, a young soprano that becomes the obsession of a mysterious disfigured composer. Under the direction of HaroldPrince and choreographed by Gillian Lynne.
It was originally released back in 1986 at the West End, and after more than 30years , it still stands today as one of the most important shows at the West End, accounting more than 140 million viewers along this time and sales over6.000 million dollars, making it the second best seller theatrical play in theentire world, just behind The Lion King. The Phantom of the Opera, asuperb story that captivates the audience and leads everyone to notice that some disfigurations are in the mind and soul. Truly, a love story like noother.
Musical play based entirely in the novel by Victor Hugo, that shows many faulty spots in society, and that sometimes flexibility is needed even when the rules stateotherwise. With the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg, original script in frenchby Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and translated to english by Herbert Kretzmer, is a Tony award winner that includes well renowned songs such as “IDreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, ”Do You Hear The People Sing?”, “Bring HimHome”, “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables”, “Master Of The House” and “Castle On A Cloud”.
Framed in the France from the Nineteenth century, Les Miserábles tells the story of Jean Valjean, an extraordinarily strong ex-con looking for redemption afterspending nineteen years in prison for stealing a mere piece of bread. Incapable of finding a decent job due to his past, Valjean works his way back home thanksto a merciful catholic bishop, who inspired him to violate his parole and starta new life under a fake identification, while a relentless inspector namedJavert, untiringly chases and harasses him for years.
Along the way he meets Fantine, an unfortunate girl who lost her job and has to make a living as a prostitute, adopting her daughter cosette after she passes away,then they move to Paris and Cosette after some years falls in love and with Marius Pontmercy, another youngster whose path inevitably crosses Valjean’s amidsta revolution in the streets of Paris, thus leading to a mind shaking final outcome.