Sunday, 22 August 2010

There's no business like show business.

I have, for as long as I can remember, been in love with the theatre. My Granddad took me to pantomines every year without fail and it has since progressed from there. I particularly love musicals because the audience becomes more involved. It makes the atmosphere much more electric, especially if they are west end shows!

I try to go as often as I can but west end theatre shows are pricey. I always manage to go a couple of times a year though. This week in London lots of theatre shows are putting on one off free performances to try and entice more people to fall in love with the theatre. So I want to share with you some of my favourite shows and, if you can, one day go and see them!

We Will Rock You - Ever heard of the British rock band Queen? Well this show is based on all their songs. We had front row seats and all I wanted to do was get up and dance with them. The script was cleverly written and their costumes were so eccentric! A must must must see!

Mamma Mia - I wish I had seen this before the movie came out because on stage it plays out exactly like the film so I knew what was coming. However, having the cast sing live was immense and made it so much better than the film. There were also some really funny one liners. We had front row seats for this as well and the orchestra were below us. I loved watching how they played their instruments. I developed a genuine appreciation for their talent.

The Sound of Music - Where do I start?! The Sound of Music is one of my all time favourite films and the stage version did not disappoint. We had really rubbish seats but I still really enjoyed it. The set was out of this world! The singing was beautiful and Connie Fisher who played Maria brought a real sense vulnerability to her character. This is one of very few shows I would see over and over again!

Hairspray - It is quite rare nowadays for modern musicals to be successful but this one is BRILLIANT!!! I know all the songs off by heart and one of my favourite aspects is that it based during the Civil Rights Movement which is one of my favourite parts of history. It has a really powerful message. You can be big and beautiful, you can be white and black, you can sing or you can dance but we are all equal in this life.

February 2010.

Grease - Need I say more? It is the most popular musical out there I think. I really enjoyed the stage version but think I preferred the film a little bit more. The film has more adventure and I guess it's more believable. Some of the scenes in the film are really hard to make authentic on stage but still a good watch!

The Lion King - I cried, I laughed and I cried some more! This was amazing and so brilliantly designed, acted and choreographed. The choir who sang all the background music were immensely talented. The way they designed the animals - wow! I have never had so much admiration for a show. It was more 'adult' than the Disney version but totally worth every penny. The whole team deserved the 10 minute standing ovation at the end.

Waiting for The Lion King - February 2007.

Dirty Dancing - I actually happened to see this on the day that Patrick Swayze passed away of  cancer. I have been so used to seeing musicals I kept expecting them break out into song but had to keep reminding myself it was a play. In saying that, I really enjoyed it. The cast got the audience involved in the finale and they read a dedication for Patrick Swayze at the end. I am quite happy to not see this again but would recommend it any Dirty Dancing fan!

Have any of you guys seen these? I really want to see Wicked, Sister Act and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (*cough* Laura, Ruth and Carolyn *cough*) next. They have had rave reviews!


a life of color said...

I would love to see Grease!

Colette said...

The Sound of Music is one of my favourite movies; I'm so gutted I've never managed to see the musical.

I saw Mamma Mia earlier this month and I really didn't like it. I haven't seen the film yet so I was looking forward to the story and I was so disappointed. Esp because I quite like Abba.

I did LOVE The Lion King though, I'd recommend that to anyone. We Will Rock You was amazing as well, I was totally in love with the costumes and the sets, esp the tube station.

You HAVE to see Wicked, it's just amazing. I love the story, I think it's so clever.

Jersey Boys is AWESOME, you have to try and see that, I wasn't sure I was going to like it but it's up there with The Lion King and Wicked for me.

I really want to see Dirty Dancing and Legally Blonde, but persuading my boyfriend to go see them might be a toughie.

I really wouldn't recommend Chicago or Billy Elliot, I didn't really enjoy either of them. Blood Brothers is fantastic as well, is it still running in the West End?! I can't remember.

Janet said...

I am a sucker when it comes to musicals! I have collected all the CD's including the ones you've mentioned as well as Mary Poppins, Evita, Oklahoma! Hubby and I are going to see Evita at the theatre on the 5th Sept! Another one I went to see, not knowing what to expect, but enjoying the controversity of it, was Rent! Each one is special and nothing nicer that singing along!

Tara said...

I LOVE Dirty Dancing! I actually grew up in the town where that was filmed! That's probably why I love it so much, but the dancing is also amazing!

myuncensoredlife said...

I'm going to come visit you so we can go! :-) I've only been to two theatre type shows because we don't really have that here....

I saw Mama Mia and Lion King though and they were both AMAZING :-)

Sounds like you are having a blast!

Holly said...

Yay for theatre! Especially pantomimes and Wicked and the Sound of Music! :D

a life of color said...

I hope you are having a wonderful time! I left you a blog award on my blog for when you return :)

Anne said...

I love, love, love theater! Hubby took me to see Wicked on New Year's Eve a couple years ago in Chicago and it was sooo awesome!

I didn't know Dirty Dancing was a stage show -- I'd definitely a fan of the movie!

Steph{anie} said...

Hairspray is one of my favorite musicals ever! I really want to see it on Broadway .

Rachel said...

Ummm, this is my first time to check out your blog, and I'm already in love because your header has a picture of the Eiffel Tower in favorite place in the entire world! :) LOVE!

Mere said...

You have WONDERFUL theatrical taste :) Hairspray ROCKS and I'm so glad you enjoyed it as I did.

Love, Mere

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