The heat in London’s West End is set to soar this summer with three BIG BIG shows opening to tantilise the theatrical taste buds.
1. Just opened is the smash hit musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane featuring 80s popstress Sheena Easton as an over-demanding actress whose star is fading on Broadway. The scorching tap dance numbers, sparkling sequined costumes, men in top hat and tails and a familiar score make 42nd Street one of the hottest tickets in Theatreland this summer.
2. Another ‘newbie’ is An American in Paris which is now on at the Dominion theatre. The two Broadway stars of the show are being put through their paces as young lovers Jerry and Lise on the London stage and it has recieved 5 star reviews from the press.
3. One of Britian’s best loved female comedians, Miranda Hart, makes her West End debut as the formidable Miss Hannigan in 1930s set musical Annie at the Piccadilly theatre which begins its previews in May. Adorable kids adorn the stage as little orphan Annie’s plight plucks at the heart-strings as she tries to find her real parents. A great score and slap stick comedy moments will make this the number one family show during the school holidays.
4. One of my favourite shows in London at the moment is School of Rock at the New London theatre. I saw it last November not expecting it to be much cop (thought the film was so-so) but had my mind completely changed when I saw the kids on stage playing their own instruments. It turned out to be one of my best theatre nights of 2016! Kids and ageing rockers will love it.
5. Watching a production at the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre is always very special. I can highly recommend the returning Olivier Award nominated show Jesus Christ Superstar which is absolutely outstanding. Also on offer this summer is the musical On the Town, A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist.