The 10 Best Musicals of 2016

I saw exactly 100 shows this year and over a third of those were musicals that opened in 2016. I've been eagerly waiting to whittle them down into a list of 10 all year long and alas, here were are! From a trio of Dreams to Fanny Brice herself, London has seen some fantastic musicals grace the stage this year. Be sure to click on the show title to read my full review of the show, too!


10 - The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre


Despite the poor marketing campaign, this show's stunning score really made it work for me.


9 - Groundhog Day at the Old Vic Theatre


The creative team managed to make a musical about the same day repeating over and over again not anywhere near as boring as that may sound.


8 - A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer at the National Theatre, Dorfman


A musical about cancer might not sound like the most exciting thing ever, but Bryony Kimmings made a piece of art with this musical that still resonates with me today.


7 - School of Rock: The Musical at the New London Theatre


No surprise here! Andrew Lloyd Webber managed to turn one of my all-time favourite movies into one of the most feel-good and exciting musicals of the year.


6 - Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre


This stunning revisal of the classic show - now starring newcomer Charlie Stemp - captured my heart immediately and left me covered in goosebumps.


5 - Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre


One of the best musicals ever written returned to London this Autumn in a scaled-down revival that demonstrated just how stunning this show's score really is.


4 - Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre


I wouldn't shut up about how much I loved this show when I first saw it and I still feel exactly the same way; I can't wait to see it again on tour next year.


3 - Into the Woods at the Menier Chocolate Factory


One of the best musicals ever written in one of the most unique and artistic stagings of a musical that I have ever seen. Enough said.


2 - Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum


If you can say that you saw this production and didn't get emotional over the beautiful orchestra / the perfect casting / Glenn bloody Close then I defy you.


1 - Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre


Please refer to my Twitter fan account for more information, aka my normal Twitter account. I saw this show four times already in its six week run its had so far. Need I say any more?


Fancy more? Read my Top 10 Best Plays and Top 10 Best Performances of 2016, too.

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