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4/25/2017

15 of the Greatest Theatre Shows Ever!

 
This post was going to be all about my favourite ever theatre performance, but as I thought more and more about it, I realised I couldn't actually choose just one. I am actually torn between so many amazing shows I've seen (some more than once!) and so I've written a post about many amazing shows thanks to the help of some rather lovely bloggers!


I adore the theatre. Everything about it is magical, from the costumes to the music to the amazing performers working tirelessly to bring each story to life. I have seen some amazing performances, but there are still some I'd love to see in the future, so this list combines them all. If you're a theatre buff, then this post will hopefully resonate with you...

1. Phantom of the Opera

First of all I have to talk about the one show that really made my heart sing. When I was just a kid I heard the stories of Michael Crawford singing in his dressing room, his voice so (surprisingly) beautiful and extraordinary… I'd watch every television show with him on promoting Phantom, and had the CD before I'd even seen the show! When my mother bought tickets for us to go, I was so excited. I had no real idea what to expect, but I was absolutely blown away. The music, the lyrics, the story, the stage, set and costume… it had it all! When the chandelier crashed to the stage I was speechless! It's also one of the most emotionally-fuelled shows I've ever seen; it truly breaks my heart.

Rebecca from Mummy Est.2014 is also a huge fan. She says, 'I saw Phantom of the Opera in London. It was amazing. I didn't know it at the time but I was pregnant with J. I thought the sickie feeling was rushing around London to get to the theatre. It was fantastic-the scenery and props were great, the characters were perfect and I enjoyed (quietly) singing along...sorry if you were sat near me haha.'

Naomi from  Me Becoming Mum says, 'Phantom of the Opera is my all time favourite, and was the first I saw with my hubby.'

2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

On the other end of the spectrum is the hilarious, yet meaningful The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with lots of sexual banter and my kinda costumes! Every time this plays, I got to see it without fail and last year Warren and I saw it twice – cheeky, I know! I feel quite deeply about the underlying sentiment of this show, and so I often find the second half quite emotional, would you expect any less from me though?!

3. Blood Brothers

I've never seen this show, but after the response from my fellow bloggers, I want to! It's coming to New Theatre this year, so you never know! Jenna from Then There Were Three has seen it 5 times! She says, 'It's different to most theatre shows as I think it can convert those who think the theatre is "posh".'

Laura from Life With Baby Kicks also adores this particular show. 'It was quite simply the most amazing show I've ever seen. The music is fantastic throughout and the story is told completely through song. It's evocative and incredible. The last time I went to see it I bought the CD to drive home in the car I loved it that much.'

Chantele from Two Hearts One Roof says, 'Blood brothers is heart breaking and I still cry after seeing it a dozen times.' and Emma from Me & B Make Tea told me she's 'actually not fussed at all by theatre or musicals. It was a friend's birthday though when I was in my late teens and I was dragged to see Blood Brothers - ah! it was amazing! I enjoyed it so much because the story was so good :) a must see!'

5. Wicked

This is totally on my 'to see' list, and it's coming to Wales Millennium Centre this year! We Forgot the Sperm says it has 'such a special place in my heart. [I] worked at the show for a year, [my] daughter is named after an actress who played Elphaba at one point. Plus the music is just incredible.'

I don't know about you, but I really cannot wait to see this on stage...

6. Les Misérables

This seems to be a favourite, but I've only ever seen the film – I know, I know!
Nadine Tee from Then I Became Mum  explains, 'Les Misérables [is] such a great performance. It's amazing how they set up the stage and the songs are fantastic too. I'm completely obsessed now!'

Kate from Five Little Stars says, 'I love love love Les Misérables. I have seen it more times than I can remember, know it word/song perfect and just cannot get enough. It's so powerful and inspiring and a real tear jerker.'

Lauren from Sophie's Nursery describes the music as 'incredible and always brings a few tears!' and Laura from Mum On A Mission  has seen it 8 times she loves it so much!

8. Chicago

Cat from Pushing the Moon says, 'I love Chicago - both the stage version and the film. It's great fun and whenever I see it I have a legitimate reason to go full on 'Jazz hands!'

Helen from All the Beautiful Things says, 'I absolutely love theatre, especially musicals it's tough to choose. It would either have to be Chicago because I adore the dancing, music and storyline.'

9. Lion King

Hollie AKA Thrifty Mum told me, 'I loved Lion King and totally forgot they weren't real animals! The puppetry is incredible!' Chantele from Two Hearts One Roof adds that for kids, it has to be 'Lion King! It's just visually spectacular and I can't wait to take my little dude to see it when he's older.'

9. Matilda

Lisa from Mummy Gummie says, 'I love musicals, although sadly haven't been to any really recently. I think my favourite might be Matilda! I really loved the book and was initially sceptical about a musical version, but it's fab. Songs are original and very catchy (written my Tim Minchin), dancing is great, and it's also very funny.'

'I'm a total theatre nerd but living so far from the West End makes it difficult to regularly see shows. I opt for the tours mainly, although I am going to London in May to see Matilda!' says Steph from Mental Parentals.

And in 2018 we'll all be able to see it when it comes to Wales Millennium Centre!

10. Little Shop of Horrors

This is probably our family favourite, from the film to the stage, the storyline and songs are second-to-none and I actually think it's an extremely underrated musical. I love the whole performance from beginning to end and I have already replaced the CD I bought last year because we listen to the songs so much! We have to have it in the van for longer trips away and we all sing and bop along. I love that it's like a bridge from children's theatre into adult theatre, and both George and Molly adore it!


11. Billy Elliot

Sarah from The Herniman House says, 'Oh I don't know if I can choose just one!! Absolutely love musicals! Billy Elliot is one of my top five for sure. I think I've seen that the most in the West End, and endlessly watched the DVD of the musical. I now cry during the opening bars of music because I know what's coming...'

12. La Cage Aux Folles

I've always loved the movie and to be able to see this on the stage was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. My Mom bought us tickets this year and I was totally blown away. The costume, songs and wonderful lacting left me in tears at the end.

13. Cats

A big favourite for Éva from Captain Bobcat and Nadia from Scandi Mummy says, 'it has to be Cats. It was the first one I ever saw in the West End and it's stayed with me forever.'

I'd love to see Cats; I think the stage and costumes would be outstanding!

14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Katy from Katy Kicker explains how she 'loved Charlie & the chocolate factory. So enjoyable! Same sort of story to the original but so different too, in some ways, and yet to similar in others. That empathy that you feel for Charlie was there while bringing in lots of fun moments too. The sets were amazing as well!'

15. The History Boys
 
Lyndsey from Me, him, the dog and a baby loves Dreamgirls, whilst Suzanne from And Another Ten Things adores The History Boys. She says, 'As soon as it finished I wanted to watch it again. Alan Bennett can capture the way people speak and act so accurately but make it beautiful.'


There we so many other favourite shows, such as Tommy chosen by Big Family Big Fun Blog, whereas The Parenting Trials loves We will Rock You, describing it as 'truly amazing to watch and got the audience involved too which was fantastic.'

Teddybears and Cardigans love a good old fashioned panto whilst Jade from The Newly Wed Site loves Aladdin; 'It was amazing. So bright and colourful. Lots of great dancing. Really fun.'

Tracey from Pack the PJs  loves Mamma Mia and Louise from My Three and Me said she 'saw Dirty Dancing a few years ago and absolutely loved it. It's one of my all time favourite films and was worried that it wouldn't be as good but if anything I think it was better on stage than on screen.'

Rebecca from Becster adores Priscilla because it 'is full of awesome music and the costumes are to die for!'  However, Louise from Little Hearts Big Love   loved Jersey Boys  and Sophie from Mama Mei  'saw Hairspray the musical on Broadway with Harvey Feinstein!' There's also a lot of love for Starlight Express; Emma from Emma Reed explains, 'When I was a child my Mum took me to see Starlight Express. It was absolutely amazing! The entire cast on roller skates and the track ran around the audience. It started a love of the theatre…' Sounds amazing!
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4 comments

  1. What a brilliant list of some of the wonderful shows out there. Thank you so much for the mention :-)

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  2. That's a great list and Blood Brothers is worth seeing. I saw it at the New Theatre a few years ago.

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  3. Thank you for being a part of it :)

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  4. […] and only after seeing it live on stage could I see a few links to Phantom of the Opera (one of my favourite shows!), from some of the musical elements to the mask worn by Joseph in the final few […]

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