Feature: The Top Musical Revivals You won't Want To Miss
The West End has a few exciting new musicals premiering this year, with excitement of Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen to mention a few. But what about the humble revival? Well, 2019 promises to be a big year for revivals, with a hat trick from The Lord himself, but first...
Returning to the National Theatre after its hugely popular and critically acclaimed run, picking up Best Musical Revival at the Oliviers, Dominic Cooke’s production has been mooted to be heading over the pond for a Broadway transfer...if the hopeful musical fans over there are to be believed. Let’s hope that they do get to see it because this is a phenomenal production. And if you didn’t get to catch it the first time around, don’t be discouraged. Many of the original cast are returning (Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Peter Forbes are reprising their roles) with Joanna Riding, Gemma Sutton and Alexander Hanson joining the cast as Sally, Young Sally and Ben.
MAN OF LA MANCHA
This isn’t a production that pops up very often, but one worth seeing, especially in a venue as special as the ENO’s home, the London Coliseum. It’s a Broadway classic that welcomes back Hollywood star Kelsey Grammer, who obviously enjoyed his time in Big Fish The Musical at The Other Palace in Victoria last year and was praised for his performance in the show. Following on from its sell out run of Chess last year, it appears that the ENO are going to continue to draw in a different crowd from their usual patrons of opera lovers, although Lonny Price's production does straddle both lines with opera star Danielle de Neise stepping into Aldonza’s shoes. And with tickets starting at £20, it’s within reach of most budgets to see what promises to be a very popular addition to ENO’s season.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
This is the production that just won't stop. Having originally opened in the summer of 2016 at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar then went on to have a hugely successful tour in the United States before returning to its original home. Now, a transfer to the Barbican is on the cards and it gives you another fantastic opportunity to see Tom Scutt’s sumptuous design, Drew McOnie’s brilliant choreography and to hear on of the best rock musical scores brilliantly brought to life under the musical supervision of Tom Deering.
They may share a name, but rarely would you associate these two West End wonder boys. A Lord Lloyd Webber show, but not as you’ve seen it, and an atypical choice for Jamie Lloyd to direct. A slight quiver of excitement always tends to greet any announcement of a new Jamie Lloyd production, and with the announcement that he will follow up the recent Pinter season in the West End with a new vision for ALW’s Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, this was no different.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Get your three-note “Ah’s” ready! A musical you have definitely seen in a local regional theatre, local state school gym or school gym is making its way back to the West End to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. What better venue to see this classic that the glorious stage of the London Palladium. But you’re going to have to get your tickets early, as this is a strictly limited run. There have been no casting announcements yet, but with such a big anniversary at Lord Lloyd Webber’s flagship theatre, it’s bound to be a big success.