Must-see Musicals in London
Yes, musicals. A story told through songs. I think for most of us, Disney is the reason we all just love musicals, because almost every Disney movie is practically a musical. Of course, one of the most popular musical at that time was High School Musical, because it’s totally normal for the whole school to break out in a dance.
Now that we’re all somewhat adults (who don’t exactly know the art of adulting) who have watched our favourite musicals over 100 times, we’re always looking for a new experience that can bring back the nostalgia, and my recent trip to London has fulfilled that experience I was looking for:
Musicals, but with real people on stage. Here are my top 5 picks (so far):
The Lion King @ Lyceum Theatre
Can you feel the love tonight? If it’s my love for Disney and musicals, I’m definitely feeling it. This musical is an adaptation of Disney’s first original movie, The Lion King, and it features music from none other than Elton John. The musical is suitable for all ages, and booking is only available until September 2018.
Aladdin @ Prince Edward Theatre
It’s a whole new world when Aladdin is given the promise of three wishes from a genie in a lamp. Aladdin is another musical adapted from a classic Disney movie that’s loved by all. The stage props and effects really just took my breath away, and it’s very much different from a film, because when it comes to theatre, everything is perfected through practice, and it really comes out in the performance.
The Phantom of the Opera @ Her Majesty’s Theatre
During English Literature, the Phantom of the Opera really caught my attention compared to the other choices, though in my state they chose the Prisoner of Zenda. I went ahead to read the Phantom of the Opera anyway, and fell in love with the story. It has everything; love, mystery, jealousy, tragedy, all in one timeless classic. With the support of mesmerising music and special effects, this is a definite must-watch.
The story got more known after its movie debut in 2012, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, but before that, back in the 19th century when the book was written, it was considered one of the best novels of all time. Called “The Miserable Ones” in English, it tells the story of a prisoner who, on parole, vows to be a better person.
The plot for Mamma Mia serves as a background for songs from ABBA. It tells a story of a young woman who was about to get married. She found three possible men who could be her father, and wanting to find out who her real father is, she invites all three to her wedding without her mother’s knowledge. Throughout the musical, the story of how her mother meets the three men will unfold.
What other musicals have you watched? C’mon, share the joy!