With so many unmissable new shows hitting the West End in 2013, we’ve decided to bring you the Superbreak top 5 as part of our three-part series of 2013 trends…
Here at Superbreak Towers we’re a lucky bunch. Not only do we get to write about our fab short breaks and attractions all day long, but we’re also the first to get tipped off about the hottest new shows to hit London’s West End. As a massive lover of all things theatre, this can often prove somewhat tempting (and financially dangerous) for me as every time we put a new show on sale…I get an overpowering urge to snap up the first tickets. In fact, there are so many good shows on at the moment, I can’t keep up. The Bodyguard and Viva Forever debuted back in the final months of 2012, and despite copious hints to the parents, no theatre tickets ended up under my Christmas tree. I know…*sad face*
But it’s onwards and upwards and a new year sees a knock out line up of ‘new kids on the block’ arriving in Theatreland. I’ve rounded up my favourite five new shows for 2013 which I predict are going to be huge. And if you decide to snap up any tickets for opening night and see an overly excited girl dancing on her feet in the front row, it will probably be me.
- If you fancy something a bit sexy…Midnight Tango – Phoenix Theatre, January 2013
Imagine Strictly Come Dancing with less of the pants celebs and Bruce Forsyth’s annoying interludes and more of the sexy professional dancers and intoxicating tango rhythms. Strictly’s favourite stars and former world champions Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are taking to the West End stage to perform with ten of the finest tango dancers in the world. Definitely one to motivate you back into Zumba class!
- If you can’t resist a good jazz hands number…
A Chorus Line – The London Palladium, February 2013
2013 sees a fresh new revival of the classic 1975 Broadway musical A Chorus Line come to the West End. Set on a bare New York stage, the story follows 17 dancers as they battle it out for a spot on a much sought after Broadway chorus line. Watch their big personalities strive for the limelight and learn of their turbulent pasts, sexualities and hidden talents. This musical’s storyline combines sparkling stage numbers and world class dancing with real life social themes.
- If you’re taking the kids…
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – Royal Drury Lane Theatre, June 2013
Ok, I say this one is for if you’re taking the kids, but what I really mean is if you’re taking the kids and secretly really want to see it yourself. I think I speak for many adults when I say the 1971 film was an absolute childhood classic and whether your kids love the 2005 Tim Burton remake or have never even heard of Charlie Bucket, the highly anticipated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is going to be a musical hit for the whole fam. I am desperate to know how they are going to do the memorable Augustus-Gloop-in-pipe scene!
- If you want to think outside the box…
The Book of Mormon – Prince of Wales Theatre, March 2013
Coming from the creators of SouthPark and Avenue Q, it’s no surprise that The Book of Mormon is a quirky and controversial musical that challenges themes such as religion, poverty and cultural differences. No prizes for guessing the script features Mormons, but this story line takes two young Mormon missionaries out of the USA and into a small town in Uganda. The duo finds themselves in a town of famine and AIDS and they must battle their own beliefs to succeed and make a change.
- If you’re a sucker for a love story…
Once – March 2013
Based on the 2006 Irish musical film, Once tells the love story of an Irish musician (hopefully someone along the lines of Gerard Butler in P.S I love You) and a Czech immigrant who are drawn together through their shared love of music. Taking place over just one week, watch their unexpected friendship evolve into a complicated and powerful romance. An award-winning team of visionary and gifted musicians bring this passion-filled musical to life. One for the gals maybe?
Which new shows are taking your fancy?
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