9 shows from across the pond: Broadway to the West End
Productions regularly transfer from one side of the pond to the other. Feel inspired to live your own American Dream at a West End theatre as you see a show that was originally a Broadway hit.
Broadway shows currently in the West End
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
After first performances on Broadway in 2016, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is set to make its West End premiere at the Noël Coward Theatre in November 2019. The musical opened to great success, winning six Tony Awards including best musical, with an original book by the Tony Award-winning Steven Levenson and directed by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif. The show also has an original score by the Academy Award-winning songwriters of The Greatest Showman and La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul.
The Book of Mormon
Opening on Broadway in 2011, the show transferred and made its West End premiere in 2013. A smash hit by Avenue Q and South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, say “Hello!” to The Book of Mormon which tells the story of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham sent on a mission to Uganda to spread their faith. On their mission, they’re faced with locals suffering from AIDS, a brutal warlord and a general reluctance to religion. The show is packed with cultural references and catchy songs as “Hasa Diga Eebowai” and “Joseph Smith (American Moses)” that’s guaranteed to make any audience member howl with laughter.
School of Rock
The 2015 production by Andrew Lloyd Webber is an adaptation of the hit 2003 film starring Jack Black. It finally “stuck it to the man” and School of Rock premiered in the West End in 2016 after opening on Broadway in 2015. Join the kids at Horace Green as they form a band for an upcoming Battle of the Bands as a class project. When Principal Mullins and the parents realise Dewey Finn isn’t the substitute teacher he claims, will the children still be able to perform? With a soundtrack inspired by the movie including “Math is a Wonderful Thing” and the title song, don’t let the theatre door say “No Vacancy” and book your tickets! You’ll be wishing your school days could have been this cool!
9 to 5
Showing audiences how to make a-livin’ night after night, 9 to 5 took Broadway by storm in 2009 and continues to do the same when it opens at the Savoy Theatre in 2019. Based on the 1980 film which caused the meteoric rise to fame of Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 tells the story of Violet, Doralee and Judy as they try to change their workplace by getting rid of the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot”. The West End premiere will star Louise Redknapp, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley and Amber Davies, as she makes her West End debut. Pour yourself a cup of ambition and buy a ticket for 9 to 5, the brand new country-inspired ride for the West End that’s brimming with Southern charm!
With music and lyrics by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and the first all-female creative team, Waitress cooks up a musical feast at the Adelphi Theatre in 2019. Inspired by the 2007 film of the same name, waitress and pie-maker Jenna Hunterson is stuck in an unloving marriage and finds out she is pregnant. Seeing a pie contest with a grand prize inspires Jenna to save some money, win the competition and start a new life with her child. If Jenna wants to have her slice of Sweet Victory pie, she has to face her emotions and relationships head-on. Waitress is set to be a sweet surprise in the West End after opening on Broadway in 2016.
Come From Away
Making its West End premiere in January 2019 at the Phoenix Theatre, Come From Away shares the real-life events of 7,000 air passengers who were grounded in Canada after 9/11. A story of how a Newfoundland community welcomed the world with open arms, the show features 12 cast members who play 84 characters between them. Listen to the soothing folk-rock score and fall in love with a musical not about 9/11 but about the good spirit of the residents of Gander on 9/12 and beyond. listen to the soothing folk-rock score and fall for the heartwarming Canadian spirit in this musical with an inspirational story.
Charting the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda has dramatised the American Revolution into a global phenomenon. Hamilton was inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography on the revolutionary, and the musical details his life story from meeting the Schuyler Sisters, fighting at the Battle of Yorktown and an intimate moment with Maria Reynolds. Winner of 11 Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, the man on the $10 bill has never be
Broadway transfers we’d like to see in the West End
On at the Young Vic from 18th June 2018 to 1st September 2018, Fun Home dramatises the memoir of Alison Bechdel, with the story navigating her coming to terms with her sexuality and her relationship with her father. Originally performed off-Broadway in 2013, the show was then performed on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Splitting the role of Alison into “Small Alison”, “Medium Alison” and “Alison Bechdel”, the musical spans across her life. Sydney Lucas became the youngest nominee ever for the outstanding featured actress in a musical category for originating the role of Small Alison. She received her nomination for the 2015 Tony Awards when she was 11.
Based on the 2004 film by Tina Fey, she has adapted the story for stage in Mean Girls, a musical that’s full of sass! When Cady moves schools, she learns about the ways of the popular kids very quickly. When she finds herself in “the Plastics”, she finds herself in the middle of high school scandals while surrounded by her new friends. Starring Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman and Barrett Wilbert Weed, Mean Girls is the ultimate chick-flick show that’s outlandish and hilarious.
It’s not just Broadway to the West End. Find out more about shows from the West End to Broadway with our list of the best shows that have gone across the pond.
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