London Theatre: Top 10 Musicals to see in 2017

London Theatre: Top 10 Musicals to see in 2017

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Get ready for 2017 with some of the best new musicals coming to the West End stage this year:

    The Girls
    Where? Phoenix Theatre
    When? 28 January - 30 September 2017
    What? A brand new British musical comedy by Gary Barlow (Let It Shine, Take That, The X Factor) and Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots), who grew up in the same village in the North of England, and have been friends for 25 years. Telling the true story of the Yorkshire Calendar Girls, a group of ordinary ladies of the Women Institute who achieved something extraordinary when they posed for a charity calendar.

    42nd Street
    Where? Theatre Royal Drury Lane
    When? 20 March - 20 October 2017
    What? Come and meet those dancing feet! Broadway’s biggest show returns to the West End in a brand new production starring Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton, with Tom Lister (Emmerdale, Calamity Jane) and Clare Halse (Gypsy). The song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway, featuring the iconic songs "42nd Street", "We’re In The Money", "Lullaby of Broadway", "Shuffle Off To Buffalo", "Dames", and "I Only Have Eyes For You".

    An American In Paris
    Where? Dominion Theatre
    When? 4 March - 30 September 2017
    What? Prepare to be swept away by the breathless romance and dazzling spectacle of Broadway’s triumphant, Tony® Award-winning hit musical as it comes to London with the original stars, Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony® Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, this stunning reimagining of the Oscar® winning film starring Gene Kelly, includes the timeless music of George & Ira Gershwin including "I Got Rhythm", "'S Wonderful" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me".

    Bat Out Of Hell
    Where? London Coliseum
    When? 5 June - 22 August 2017
    What? The world premiere of Jim Steinman's epic rock and roll theatrical fantasy, inspired by one of the most iconic and successful albums in history. This breathtaking new musical that features 17 of Meat Loaf's greatest hits including "I'd Do Anything for Love", "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)", "Dead Ringer For Love", "Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad" and "Bat Out of Hell".

    Where? London Coliseum
    When? 7 April - 13 May 2017
    What? Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe will star for the first time together in the West End in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic musical, directed by Lonny Price (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sunset Boulevard). Fifteen years after getting caught up in an armed robbery and taking his own life, the charming carousel barker Billy Bigelow gets a chance to return to earth and make amends. Discovering that his daughter Louise has grown into a lonely, troubled teenager, haunted by her father’s legacy, Billy vows to restore pride to his family, in the musical voted by Time as the greatest of the 20th Century.

    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Where? Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
    When? 11 August - 16 September 2017
    What? Last year's critically-acclaimed, sell-out production returns to the Open Air Theatre this summer, celebrating 46 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal musical first hit the stage. With a legendary score including "I Don’t Know How to Love Him", "Gethsemane" and "Superstar", directed by Timothy Sheader and choreography by Drew McOnie, experience epic storytelling in the remarkable surroundings of the Open Air Theatre.

    On The Town
    Where? Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
    When? 19 May - 1 July 2017
    What? "New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!" The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre stages its biggest dance musical yet, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie (Jesus Christ Superstar, In the Heights, The Wild Party, Strictly Ballroom, Bugsy Malone). Made into a classic movie musical in 1949 starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, with an incredible Leonard Bernstein score, books and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on a concept by Jerome Robbins.

    The Wild Party
    Where? The Other Palace (formerly St James Theatre)
    When? 11 February - 1 April 2017
    What? Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Misérables, Starlight Express, Chicago, Pippin, Piaf) stars in the inaugural production at newly opened The Other Palace; the UK premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical, with direction and choreography by Drew McOnie. Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, the relationship between a Vaudeville showgirl and stage clown is marked by vicious behaviour and recklessness. In an attempt to salvage their toxic union, they decide to throw a party to end all parties.

    The Wind In The Willows
    Where? London Palladium
    When? 17 June - 9 September 2017
    What? Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic is now a major new musical comedy, reuniting Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Rufus Hound (RSC's Don Quixote, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, One Man, Two Guvnors) stars as the amazing Mr Toad, whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, bringing an explosion of anarchy, humour and heart to the world famous Palladium.

    Girl From The North Country
    Where? The Old Vic Theatre
    When? 12 July - 7 October 2017
    What? Cheating slightly as this is a play with music, but oh, what music! The world premiere of an electrifying new work from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Night Alive), with classic songs from Bob Dylan. Set in Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression, sees a family adrift, their future on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drifting through rooms of their guesthouse. But Nick Laine thinks he’s seen a way out…

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