Shows We’d Like to See Return to the West End
We all have our favourite childhood musical classics that we’d love to have had the opportunity to see performed live on stage. And whilst some still return for special occasions and tours, such as Funny Girl and the upcoming Sunset Boulevard and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, there are some revivals we’re still secretly hoping will one day return to the West End.
My Fair Lady
We’re sure many would agree that the award-winning musical by Lerner and Loewe is one of the most famous of all time, and has been adapted for both on and off the stage. The Broadway musical first opened at London’s Drury Lane Theatre in 1958 to triumphant reviews, starring Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins and Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle. After playing in London for over five and a half record breaking years, Warner Brothers bought the rights to the film. Released in 1964 with Audrey Hepburn in the starring role, the film took home eight of its 12 Oscar nominations.
There has since been two London revivals including a limited run at the Adelphi Theatre in 1979 followed by the National Theatre revival in 2001 under the direction of Trevor Nunn. The latter opened at the Lyttelton Theatre before later transferring to Drury Lane where it ran for two years. The Cameron Mackintosh and National Theatre production won a number of awards for its run including five Olivier Awards.
Whilst many will get to enjoy the familiar sounds of the musical’s unforgettable songs when Dame Julie Andrews directs a 60th anniversary production of the musical at the Sydney Opera House in 2016, we’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed that it will one day make its way back to its West End home.
The King and I
Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical tale of a governess named Anna and King Mongkut of Siam is filled with dazzling sing along songs such as “Getting to know you” and “Shall we dance?”, all of which we’d love to see make their way back to the West End stage.
Despite there being a glimmer of hope after rumours of a West End transfer surfaced earlier this year, the Tony-Award winning Broadway production never did confirm whether or the musical was destined for London. The last time the musical played in the capital city was when it opened at the London Palladium in 2000 before closing in 2002, followed by a brief stint at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and a UK tour during 2011-2012.
Chicago is officially in full swing on Broadway but will it ever return to the West End? Since its final run in November 2011-September 2012 at the Garrick Theatre we have been holding our breaths in anticipation for news of when it may once again return. With draw-dropping musical numbers such as “All That Jazz” and “Cell Block Tango”, not forgetting of course its memorable characters like Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, there is a lot to love about the spectacular, sassy show.
The current Broadway production has welcomed a number of well-known faces to the stage to play the various leading roles including Rumer Willis as Roxie and Real Housewives star Nene as Matron "Mama" Morton.
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