It had fantastic reviews when it opened – but is it still kicking after five cast changes? Time Out brings you news, up-to-date reviews and discounted tickets in its comprehensive guide to all musicals in London's West End and beyond: the best shows, the worst shows and the weirdest and most wonderful alternative choices.
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As Halloween approaches, 91-year-old comedy legend Mel Brooks has unearthed his dusty, schlocky comedy musical. It’s a ‘Frankenstein’ riff that started out as a 1973 movie, then got turned into a Broadway musical a decade ago. Why bring it back? The cast’s approach seems to be ‘Why not?’
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'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's comedy musical about a pair of hapless Mormon missionaries won nine awards at the 2011 Tony awards. It's so extravagantly sold-out on Broadway – and with such expensive tickets – that this wildly-anticipated West End production may conceivably find itself filled up with impatient New Yorkers flying over for a bargain.
Name the top ten – maybe top five – most iconic musicals of the '80s and you'll probably name 'Chess', the 1984 collaboration between Tim Rice and ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. That's thanks in no part to the success of its songs: the two biggies 'I Know Him So Well' and 'One Night In Bangkok' have enjoyed a life transcendant of the concept album (1984) and stage musical (1986) about rival Cold War chess players. Trevor Nunn's original West End production was a hit, running for three years, but the book's attempts at political satire were largely mocked by critics – a reimagined version crumbled on Broadway in 1988, and there has never been a West End revival… until now! In the fourth of ENO's annual series of semi-staged musical revivals, heavyweight director Laurence Connor will bring 'Chess' back for another bout. Casting is tba, though the series has thus far boasted eye-catching big name stars including Emma Thompson, Glenn Close and Alfie Boe.