The top 10 shows to transfer from Broadway to the West End
Productions regularly transfer from one side of the pond to the other, including these productions from the West End to Broadway. But, why not feel inspired to live your own American Dream at a London theatre as Broadway comes to the West End in style.
Broadway to the West End
Sunday in the Park With George
First performed on Broadway in 1984, Sondheim and Lapine’s artistic musical was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, however the musical also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Since its Broadway debut, there have been two West End productions of Sunday in the Park With George, but it’s set to be one of the biggest musical revivals of 2020 as Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford reprise their Broadway performances at the Savoy Theatre.
One of this century’s musical theatre smash-hits, Hamilton received its world premiere at the Public Theater before transferring to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in August 2015. Ever since, it’s captivated the world with its powerful, original music and performance style, becoming one of the highest-grossing shows Broadway has ever seen. After winning the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and scooping up 11 Tony Awards, Hamilton received its London premiere on 21st December 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. The original London cast starred Jamael Westman in his West End debut as the titular founding father, with Giles Terera winning best actor at the 2018 Olivier Awards for his performance as Aaron Burr.
Be More Chill
One of Broadway’s newest phenomenons hits the West End stage in 2020, as Be More Chill opens at The Other Palace. Following a bunch of high-schoolers who just want to fit in, its catchy, infectious melodies have taken the musical theatre world by storm, with its stand-out song ‘Michael in the Bathroom’ streamed online over 30 million times. If you’re looking for a new musical sensation, you’ll want to see Be More Chill.
Pretty Woman: The Musical
After a Broadway premiere at the Nederlander Theatre in 2018, Pretty Woman: The Musical will receive its West End premiere at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2020. Based on the 1990 movie of the same name, fall in love with Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis once more as all your favourite moments recreated on stage. Danny Mac and Aimie Atkinson will star in the West End premiere, so book your tickets now.
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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 Natalie McQueen and Bonnie Langford. 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.