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Feature: The Top 5 broadway musical Transfers You Don't Want To Miss

Posted by John Schwab on 14 Jan, 2019

Broadway is coming to London in 2019 with some heavy hitting musicals. Read our recommendations for the shows you definitely don't want to miss in 2019.

Broadway has hit a real purple patch when it comes to musicals in the last five or so years.  The behemoth that is Hamilton has, rightly so, shone so bright that many of its musical contemporaries have struggled to, coining a phrase, “rise up” to grab some of the limelight.

However, two of the most notable musicals to come on the NY scene since Hamilton won every award going are soon to make their West End debuts.  Couple this with a much anticipated transfer of one of the most popular musicals to open on Broadway pre "Lin-Manuel", 2019 promises to be a musical lover’s fantasy land...




First of the Broadway  to open in London this year is Come From Away - the remarkable story of Gander in Newfoundland Canada, a town of 10,000 residents that accepted 7,000 visitors when nearly 40 planes were forced to land after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  The show picked up Best Director of a Musical at the 2017 Tony Awards and also won Outstanding Musical at the Drama Desk Awards in the same year.

Come From Away begins previews on the 30th of January before opening at the Phoenix Theatre on the 18th of February.

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With music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles, book by Jessi Nelson and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus, this multiple award-winning show will also be the first West End musical to feature an all-female creative team.  Recent cast announcements include Katherine McPhee who will star as the titular waitress Jenna, with

Previews start on February 8 with opening night set for the 6th of March and will run at the Adelphi Theatre, taking over from another Broadway transfer Kinky Boots.

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This is possibly the biggest show to come along after Hamilton and definitely one of the most highly anticipated.  As soon as it picked up six Tony Awards (Best Musical, Book, Score, Actor, Actress and Orchestrations) all musical fans were highly aware that it would be a question of if and not when the show would make its way across the Atlantic. Open auditions are already underway for the leads, which will undoubtedly lead to one of the biggest casting announcements to be seen on the West End for some time.

No official dates have been set, but you can sign up for alerts as soon as the announcements are made here.

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Not strictly a transfer, as a UK tour went out in 2012/13, and originally on Broadway a decade ago, the West End finally gets to see the show of the film that made Dolly Parton a superstar on screen as well as behind a guitar and microphone.  When it opened at the Marquis Theatre in 2009, it starred Broadway regulars Stephanie J Block, Megan Hilty in 2009 and Allison Janney from TV’s The West Wing. Stepping into their shoes will be Natalie McQueen (fresh from Kinky Boots) as well as Amber Davies who will both be making her West End Debut.  Also joining the cast will be panto regular and television funny man Brian Conley.

Unfortunately, Louise Redknapp, who was due to join the opening night cast, suffered a fall on the way to rehearsals and is reported to by joining the cast in late March 2019.

Previews from the 28th of January and is booking until the 31st of August

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The Light in the Piazza is a lesser known musical on these shores, but one that was received well by the critics - picking up six Tony Awards with one of the richest scores hitting Broadway for decades. It’s grand, sweeping romantic musical set in Florence is sure to be popular among opera and musical fans - young and young at heart -  as opera star Renée Fleming and Disney film and television personality Dove Cameron will be making their West End debuts. To top it off, they will be in the safe hands of multiple Olivier Award-winner Daniel Evans.

This is a strictly limited season and will run from 14 June – 5 July 2019

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This list is by no means exhaustive, as it focuses on musicals coming in from the West End. But as a starting point for the biggest musicals to come from Broadway to London, you can bet that these are going to be the musicals to look out for come Olivier Award nomination time this year (and next!).

Get in there early, click on the links provided and book your tickets now.  And be sure to keep checking the show pages on for full company listings.



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