What’s New in 2017

I hope you’ve cleared your diary for 2017 because it already looks like it’s going to be a bumper year for musicals old and new coming into London’s West End.

Let’s start with a couple of revivals:

Opening in April 2017, a new production of 42nd Street will take audiences back to a bygone age musicals at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. With a fabulous score and even more fabulous dance numbers, the tale of a showgirl’s rise to fame will put a definite Spring in your step. Previews from 20th March 2017. Read more….

an american in paris theatre breaks in London

At the same time as 42nd Street opening will be An American in Paris which transports its Broadway stars, Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, to the Dominion theatre with previews from 4th March. You will no doubt remember the Oscar winning film with Gene Kelly and word is that this production will pick up some major awards of its own. Read more…

And on to the new stuff:

I was very excited to read that Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell the Musical is going to be coming to the London Colliseum in June 2017. If, like me, you grew up on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell album (you remember those pieces of flat black plastic, don’t you?) being number one in charts for about three years, then you will be first in line for when tickets go on sale for this new musical. It’s a story built around Mr Loaf’s most famous hits as well as a couple of new Steinman songs thrown in for good measure – I, for one, cannot wait! Read more…

Finally, news of Broadway’s historical hit Hamilton is gaining momentum with theatrical empresario Cameron Macintosh announcing that open auditions will be held for roles in the show that will open at the newly renovated Victoria Palace theatre in October 2017. One can only summmise that the character of King George III (the British monarch during the time Hamilton is set) will be played by “a name” as it’s the only role not up for grabs. Read more… 

Plus with some big shows set to close in 2017, such as In the Heights at the Kings Cross theatre, Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly theatre and the London Palladium becoming vacant after the pantomime Cinderella has closed in January, expect to see more musical magic coming into London over the next 12 months.