Here are just a few songs that Love London Love Culture is loving at the moment…
1. A Whole New World, Aladdin: following an afternoon with the Oscar winning composer Alan Menken, also attended by Trevor Dion Nicholas (Genie in the West End production), this is a classic song that is constantly in my head at the moment.
2. It’s a Hard Knock Life, Annie: following the news that the musical is heading to the Piccadilly Theatre in May, with Miranda Hart starring as Miss Hanigan, this song is one of the firm favourites of the musical. It perfectly captures the spirit of the orphans as well as giving an insight into their day to day lives – but there is something still joyful about it.
3. S’ Wonderful, An American in Paris: now in previews at the Dominion Theatre, the musical is filled with classic Gershwin songs – but this one is one of the most charming and memorable of all in the musical. Filled with charm, S’Wonderful oozes with elegance and is instantly recognisable from the first note.
4. 42nd Street, 42nd Street: also heading to the West End this month is Mark Bramble’s production of the classic musical. Although it is filled with many distinctive songs, the title track is the one that really sticks out in the mind and instantly start humming as you read the title.
5. And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going, Dreamgirls: following the news that the London cast of Dreamgirls have recorded an album which is due to be released in mid-April, Amber Riley’s rendition of And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going has been running through my head with excitement.
6. Big Girls Don’t Cry, Jersey Boys: closing in the West End later this month, this song is a favourite of mine, being quirky and distinctive it shows how Frankie Vallii and the Four Season’s harmonies worked perfectly together, yet created a unique sound at the same time.