London Theatre: Top 10 Musicals to see in 2020

  • by Siman Pankhania
  • Posted on Feb 12, 2020
  • Musical

Get ready for 2020 with some of the best musicals coming to the West End stage this year:

The Prince of Egypt
Where? Dominion Theatre
When? From 5 February 2020
What? Experience the epic emotion and soaring music of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT at the Dominion Theatre, London from February 2020. The extraordinary new musical from three-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked).

Sister Act! The Musical 
Where? Eventim Apollo
When? 21 July – 29 August 2020
What? Academy® Award winning actress Whoopi Goldberg is back as Deloris Van Cartier with BAFTA award winner Jennifer Saunders in the role of Mother Superior & Oliver Award winning Clive Rowe as Eddie Souther as the newly adapted, smash-hit musical SISTER ACT comes to the Eventim Apollo in summer 2020.

Pretty Woman
Where? Piccadilly Theatre
When? 13 February – 2 January 2021
What? One of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time is now coming to the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre! Aimie Atkinson (Six, In the Heights) will play Vivian Ward and Danny Mac (White Christmas, Sunset Boulevard) will play Edward Lewis in the smash hit PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL.

Hello, Dolly!
Where? Adelphi Theatre
When? August 2020
What? Imelda Staunton is back where she belongs in HELLO, DOLLY! at the Adelphi Theatre in 2020. This brand new production re-unites Imelda with Director Dominic Cooke following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre.  Meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried ‘half-a-millionaire’ Horace Vandergelder, but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.

City of Angels
Where? Garrick Theatre
When? 6 March 2020 to 5 September 2020
What? The Donmar Warehouse’s Olivier Award-winning production of CITY OF ANGELS hits the West End and transfers to the Garrick Theatre. Josie Rourke’s “ingenious, stupendous revival” (The Telegraph) premiered in 2014, when it was hailed as “a blissful evening” (The Stage) that’s “smart, seductive and very funny” (Evening Standard). With a swinging score by Cy Coleman and David Zippel and a brilliantly witty book by Larry GelbartCITY OF ANGELS is a musical love letter to the glamorous world of old Hollywood and film noir.

Sunday in the Park with George
Where? Savoy Theatre
When? 5 June to 5 September 2020
What? Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award® winner Annaleigh Ashford star in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE coming to London for a strictly limited run at the Savoy Theatre. Originating at New York City Centre, the subsequent transfer dazzled audiences and praised by critics, was one of the fastest selling musicals on Broadway. Destined to be the theatrical event of 2020 – be there to witness the musical about the art of making art – this is not your ordinary Sunday.

The Drifters Girl
Where? Garrick Theatre
When? 1 October 2020 to 13 February 2021
What? The Queen of British Soul and West End leading lady Beverley Knight stars in the world premiere of a brand new musical – THE DRIFTERS GIRL, coming to Garrick Theatre.
Coming to the West End Autumn 2020, discover the remarkable story of THE DRIFTERS GIRL, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them. With an unbelievable soundtrack of some of the most iconic songs in history, including Save the Last Dance for MeUnder The BoardwalkKissin’ In The Back Row Of The MoviesStand By MeCome On Over To My Place and Saturday Night At The MoviesTHE DRIFTERS GIRL is one musical you will never forget.

Where? London Coliseum
When? 23 April 2020 to Sunday 30 April 2020
What?Look who’s back! Don’t miss Michael Ball reprising his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY at the London Coliseum! Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Can she make it on the local TV dance show, win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin and bring everyone together – whatever their colour, size or hairdo? Well if you want a change, you’ve really got to shake things up!

Be More Chill
Where? The Other Palace
When? From 12 February 2020
What? BE MORE CHILL is the new musical sensation that’s about to invade your brain… in the best way. An unprecedented international phenomenon, this original and hilarious show exploded onto the musical theatre scene and electrified audiences during its runs off- and on Broadway. Featuring a Tony Award®-nominated score bursting with addictive ear worms, BE MORE CHILL is a mind-bendingly fun hit about the competing voices in all of our heads.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Where? London Palladium
When? 2 July 2020 to 6 September 2020
What?Following a triumphant sold-out season this year, we are thrilled to announce that the new, smash-hit production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will return to the London Palladium for a strictly limited season of just 77 performances in summer 2020. Released as a concept album in 1968, the stage version of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT has become one of the worlds most beloved family musicals. The multi-award-winning show, which began life as a small scale school concert, has been performed hundreds of thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway, international number one tours, and productions in over 80 countries from as far afield as Austria and Zimbabwe and from Israel to Peru. The show features songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including Any Dream Will DoClose Every Door To Me, Jacob and the Sons, There’s one more Angel in Heaven and Go, Go, Go, Joseph.

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