With so many brilliant musicals closing this month, and many theatres going into refurbishment periods, we took a sit down and decided what musicals we’d like to see take to the West End stage in the next few years.
There hasn’t been an official announcement as of yet, but judging by the Twitter buzz and several underhand comments, it’s pretty much a go. Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye tweeted that the show will be in the West End in late 2020, while Lloyd Webber Theatre’s on their website say that a big Broadway transfer will make its way to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane around that time, when it re-opens after a £45m refurbishment.
It’s unclear if the Broadway cast will make their way across the pond, but several people have noted they’d like to see current Wicked stars Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans take on the roles of Elsa and Anna.
When: Late 2020, in time for Christmas
Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Only opening on Broadway in 2018, hot new musical Mean Girls is the latest musical audiences are clamouring to be flown to the West End. After the success of Heathers: The Musical (the rightful predecessor of Mean Girls), it wouldn’t be surprising if it arrives sooner than we think.
Broadway Cady Erika Hennigsen has stated interest in coming to London, and we think Carrie Hope Fletcher and Jodie Steele would make an excellent Janis and Regina.
When: Late 2019/Early 2020
Where: Savoy Theatre (after 9 to 5) or the newly-refurbished Dominion Theatre.
Ever since the short run at the Old Vic in 2016 before heading to Broadway, the acclaimed musical written by Tim Minchin is always hot on people’s wish lists. We all just want to see it again (and again, and again, and again)
When: End of 2019
Where: Hopefully at the Old Vic again, or, for a longer run at the Piccadilly
Bridget Jones the Musical
We would love for this musical, with music penned by Lily Allen and based on the beloved collection of 90s film, to see the light of day. At one point, Sheridan Smith, Bertie Carvel, and the late Victoria Wood were involved, but news on the show has been pretty quiet recently. This classic rom-com would be perfect for the stage – can you imagine a kick-ass dance number after Bridget marches out on Daniel Cleaver?! We can!
When: Soon. Please.
Where: The Noel Coward or Gielgud
After the recent triumphant revival at the Hope Mill Theatre, we see no reason as to why the show can’t transfer into the West End. After all, we’re in need of a rebellious teen musical after the likes of Bat Out of Hell and Heathers have left London.
When: Autumn 2019
Where: Perhaps the Ambassadors after The Twilight Zone?
I’m surprised this show hasn’t made its way over this side of the pond yet, especially because it’s about Shakespeare! This musical comedy would fit right in to the West End and surely have audiences in stitches.
When: There have been rumours since 2015, so it’s anyone’s guess!
Where: Adelphi Theatre, or imagine if Shakespeare’s Globe staged a musical?!
Next to Normal
The American rock musical enjoyed two years on Broadway from 2009-11, winning three Tony Awards and since then has grown a cult UK following. The show covers some tough subjects, from grief and mental illness to drug abuse and suicide, but has some gorgeous musical numbers. The New York Times called the show a “brave, breath-taking musical” and a “feel-everything musical”
When: Hopefully by 2020
Where: Harold Pinter Theatre
This delicious musical based on a French-Belgian film about chocolate graced the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse in the 2017/18 winter season. The show received positive acclaim from critics and audiences alike, and with lead actors Marc Antolin (Little Shop of Horrors) and Carly Bawden (Sylvia) being huge rising names in musical theatre, we should get them back to the show whilst we still can!
When: Easter 2020
Where: The Noel Coward or London Coliseum
After a hugely successful run last summer at the Young Vic, this musical surely deserves a West End transfer. Telling the true story of cartoonist Alison Bechdel and her coming to terms with her sexuality, and unlocking the mysteries surrounding her father. It’s a beautiful, heartfelt show, and was the first Broadway musical to have a female team win the Best Original Score Award.
When: Summer 2020
Where: Aldwych or Ambassadors
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
A mixture between gig-theatre and musical, the show has already had a long life. As a collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre, it has been performed in Edinburgh, at the NT in London, on a UK tour, and at the Duke of York’s in 2017. We’d love to see this show featuring six sassy, hilarious, and adventurous teens make its way back to the West End.
When: Spring 2020
Where: Duke of York’s
What other musicals would you like to see in the West End? Perhaps it’s a Broadway transfer, or maybe it’s an old favourite you’d like to see revived? Tweet us @TheatreOfficial