4 Shows I Want To Come Over from Broadway

Let's get real here: there are a lot more than 4 shows that I want to see make their West End debut, of course because I am a stupidly obsessed theatre fanatic who unfortunately doesn't have the funds to be able to regularly hop across the pond or to travel back in time and see shows that ran before I was born, but when I put pen to paper and made a list, these four were the first four that came to mind.

Some of these productions are older than others and some of them are more well-known than others, but I think there's a space for them in the West End and I have some reasons as to why...

Pictured on the right hand side is The Light in the Piazza which premiered on Broadway a decade ago at Lincoln Center Theatre's Vivian Beaumont. The original cast included Tony-winners Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark and Glee alum Matthew Morrison with a score by Adam Guettel and a book by Craig Lucas which was adapted from the original 1960s novella by Elizabeth Spencer. The show ran for a solid 504 performances on Broadway and was even nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2005 winning six: Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Victoria Clark, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design. Weirdly though, despite the shows success on Broadway 10 years ago, a production has never landed in London. If you like lavish and beautiful scores that feel light and airy, partnered with a tale of wistful coming-of-age love and romance, this musical is a masterpiece for the heart.

On the left in the middle we have a picture from the 2014 Broadway revival of Side Show. This show was presented on Broadway originally 18 years ago now and it flopped: it ran for a mere 122 performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and won none of the four Tony Awards it was nominated for that year. 17 years later, the show made its way back to Broadway in a gorgeous new revised spectacle of a production that really looked promising. Sadly, that production ran for a short life of seven weeks at the St James Theatre and failed to garner any attention from the Tony Awards. Despite its commercial success, the show has an incredible cult following for its story of two conjoined twins in Vaudeville who split apart and try and live life on their own. The story is moving and the score is gorgeous, so heaven only knows why the show still hasn't had a short run in London just yet. Word on the street said the production was aiming for London in 2016, but no confirmation has come since.

One of my favourite musicals of all time is in this list, even though I haven't seen it officially on stage: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is also the only show on this list to have made its UK stage debut but hasn't actually landed on the West End yet (is that cheating? I don't know). The show premiered on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 2005 and ran for over 1,150 performances and follows six quirky adolescent teens from the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School and three of their quirky teachers at the school's 25th annual spelling bee competition. We learn more about the teachers and children in the show as the 1-act story progresses and the best part is that four audience members are invited to be four of the partakers in the game every night. They even held "Parent-Teacher Conference" sessions for 16 and overs during the run where the show was littered with sex references and adult humour which made the show all the more funny - this kind of ad-lib humour is delivered through the pronouncer's ridiculous uses of words in sentences. The show was planning to tour the UK in 2013 following its run at the Donmar Warehouse back in 2011 but the tour was cancelled due to lack of funds - please oh please can we get that back up and running!

Last but not least is the most modern show out of all of these on the list, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which is actually already rumoured to be London-bound following the closure of the show on Broadway this coming January. The story follows Monty Navarro who has found out he has a family fortune to inherit... but eight family members stand in his way. Through the show, Monty meets his family members (all expertly played by Tony nominee Jefferson Mays) and finds ways to remove them, all while balancing a love triangle as well. The music is funny and has a gorgeous, historical taste to it which makes the humour all the more witty and enjoyable. The show's currently running at the Walter Kerr and at the time of closing will have been on Broadway for over two years. The show received 10 Tony nominations in 2014 and walked away with four wins, including Best Musical.

What shows do you want to see have their West End premiere? Tweet me @shaunycat and let me know and they may just crop up in another edition of this series...

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