Two West End Musicals to Close This Year
Two high profile and popular west end shows are to come to an end in coming months as Top Hat reveals it will close in October 2013 and A Chorus Line will also close, a little earlier, in August.
Both shows are relatively recent additions to Theatreland, compared to long-running shows like We Will Rock You and Les Misérables at any rate, and have proven popular for those picking up tickets. However, both will be making further appearances in the United Kingdom as they will both embark on tours.
Top Hat is a well known musical that follows Broadway star Jerry Travers as he travels to the West End in London to appear in a musical from the well known Horace Hardwick. However, when he arrives he meets Dale Tremont and attempts to woo her but she is horrified as she mistakes him for the married Hardwick. He will not give up though and he pursues her across Europe so that she can be his, with musical numbers along the way that include Isn’t It A Lovely Day To BE Caught In The Rain and Cheek To Cheek, among others.
The production opened in May 2012 and will continue at the Aldwych Theatre until Saturday 26th October 2013.
Meanwhile, A Chorus Line is a Broadway musical that became hugely popular on the other side of the Atlantic both in its original run and during its revival in 2006. It made its way to the West End in February 2013 and proved to be as popular as ever.
It tells the story of an array of Broadway dancers that attempt to join a chorus line in New York, subsequently auditioning and hoping to rise to the top. During the course of the show we delve into the different personalities and explore their reasons for joining this industry. IT stars Scarlett Strallen and John Partridge, among others, and is directed by Bob Avian (the choreographer of the original production).
A Chorus Line will now bow out at the London Palladium on Saturday 31st August 2013. The next show announced for the venue is I Can’t Sing – The X Factor Musical, which opens in 2014.