Opinion: Broadway Shows We Would Love to See

As much as we love London, Broadway has plenty of shows we would love to see – so here’s five that we have on our list….

Some Like it Hot, Shubert Theatre: as a film, it was one of the very first films from classic Hollywood that I remember watching, so I couldn’t help but feel excited about a musical based on it – particularly when it is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (Dreamgirls, Elf the Musical) who always knows how to handle popular stories and bring them to the stage. Take a look at what critics had to say here. From images that I have seen it look as though visually it is as classy as you would hope it would be.

Sweeney Todd, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre: beginning performances on the 26th February, this new Broadway revival is set to star Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford – what is not to love? Plus it has to be said if there is a Stephen Sondheim score I can get on board with it is this one! With songs such as ‘Johanna’ and ‘Pretty Women’ – I find it one of the most interesting musicals that he was involved with. The musical hasn’t been seen on a Broadway stage since 1980 – which means it would be a real experience to see.

New York, New York, St James Theatre: its always exciting when a new musical heads to the stage and when it features music and lyrics by Tony, Emmy & Grammy Award winners and Academy Award nominees John Kander & Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) as well as additional lyrics by Lin- Manuel Miranda, you know it is going to be edgy and compelling. This on top of the fact that Susan Stroman (Young Frankenstein) is directed and choreographing, there is much to look forward to about this production which begins previews on the 26th March.

A Doll’s House, Hudson Theatre: I’m really saddened that this Jamie Lloyd production is not being seen by audiences in London (it was originally part of a trilogy of plays he was staging at the Playhouse Theatre during 2020…), which is why this production is on my wish list to see. As a director, Jamie Lloyd comes up with creative ways in which to offer a new perspective of a play and I can’s help but wonder what his approach is here. Let’s hope it comes to the UK at some point!

Lerner & Lowe’s Camelot, Lincoln Center Theater: the only time i have experienced this musical is in a concert production a few years ago. The music is wonderful, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the book and plot – however I do feel it does deserve another chance and why I would like to see it on stage if I was in New York! This combined with the fact it is being directed by Bartlett Sher (who did such a wonderful job of Lerner & Lowe’s other famous musical My Fair Lady) gives me a sense that it is going to be spectacular when it takes to the stage from the 9th March.

By Emma Clarendon

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