Musicals are a wonderful way to escape reality. They can provide an evening full of laughter, heartache and wild imagination. 2012 was a prime year for many new and returning musicals. From New York City to London, musicals have a way of delighting and mesmerizing its audiences all of the world
The Dominion Theatre, located in the West end of London has been the host for many popular musicals in its time. Currently, “We Will Rock You,” a musical based on the jukebox era of the band Queen, is running at The Dominion Theatre. This musical will have you up and dancing in no time with its catchy rhythmic music of that awesome rock and roll era.
Another exciting and famous musical that caught wind in 2012 is “Wicked”. This musical tells the story of what really happened in OZ before infamous Dorothy showed up. It follows the lives of both the wicked witch, Elphaba and Glinda. Wicked is a must see for ages eight and up! It will capture you with its storybook persona and amazing musical numbers. One can find Wicked playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London.
Lion King, the beloved Disney movie is also a must see in 2012. The musical is an instant classic that will delight families of all ages. The musical features dancers, singers, and actors who interpret the movie perfectly while touching in with the historical African heritage. It follows the lives of the characters of the movie, bringing out emotions in the audience. You can catch The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London.
Take a trip back in time to Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds 1953 classic “Singin’ in the Rain.” This musical is a feel good musical that takes its audience back into the transitional period of Hollywood. The catchy tunes and toe-tapping dance steps will have you singing and dancing right along with it. “Singin’ in the Rain” begins its production this November at the historical Palace Theatre in West End London.
Another must see musical of 2012 is the newest running “Matilda the Musical.” Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” tells the story about a young girl who has incredible intellect at such a young age. She finds life in reading stories from her local library and through attending school. While attending school, Matilda finds that she has psychokinetic powers which allows her to trick and punish those who mistreat her. “Matilda the Musical” is a great time for both adults and children and is currently playing at the Cambridge Theatre, London.
Head out to the west end and indulge in some of the best musicals of 2012.