8 musical theatre songs to listen to for a boost of inspiration
We all need to listen to a playlist that will leave us feeling inspired. If you’re looking for some musical motivation, listen to these musical theatre songs that are guaranteed to leave you feeling energised and raring to go. So, turn your speakers up to the loudest they’ll go and get ready to be listening to these songs on repeat.
Inspiring songs to listen to
The end of act one in Wicked builds up to a climax as Elphaba sings “Defying Gravity”. In a soundtrack including “One Short Day” and “No Good Deed”, “Defying Gravity” stands out as Elphaba appears to fly above the crowd of Ozians. Alice Fearn currently plays Elphaba at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where the show has been turning the West End green for over a decade. Listen to the original Broadway cast perform “Defying Gravity” here.
I Just Can’t Wait to Be King
Simba dreams of being King of the Pride Lands from an early age, as told in “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”. As Simba wishes he can do what he wants with great power, it’s clear that Simba is a big dreamer with an even bigger heart. One of many show tunes in the show including “Hakuna Matata” and “Circle of Life”, see how Simba transforms from lion cub to lion king with tickets to the Disney musical, enjoying a continuous run at The Lion King.
The Wall in My Head
Jamie New dreams of being a drag queen. For his 16th birthday, his mum gives him a pair of red high heels; Jamie’s first pair. Taking the first steps in his new shoes, Jamie reflects on his aspirations in “The Wall In My Head”, an original song written by Dan Gillepsie Sells for the musical. As Jamie grows in confidence, he eventually performs in drag and later attends the school prom in a dress. A musical of hope, positivity and confidence, see Jamie turn from schoolkid to drag superstar in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
One Day More
The final song of Act One in Les Miserables, “One Day More” brings the cast together. An iconic show tune, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean on an epic journey from being a convict, looking after Cosette and eventually fighting on the barricade during the French revolutionary years. With songs including “I Dreamed A Dream” and “On My Own”, bring home your tickets for Les Miserables and enjoy an unforgettable night in the West End.
Any Dream Will Do
Sung by Joseph, “Any Dream Will Do” has been performed by numerous actors over the years, including Donny Osmond, Jason Donovan and Lee Mead. The musical is a dramatised retelling of Joseph being sold into slavery, with a soundtrack including “Close Every Door” and “Go, Go, Go Joseph”.
I Have A Dream
Although it’s one of the first songs in the film adaptation, “I Have A Dream” rounds off Mamma Mia in spectacular fashion, as Sophie and Sky finally marry on a Greek island after lots of drama building up to the wedding day. Dreaming of her future, Sophie sings “I Have A Dream” as a solo performance, before an epic encore that you have to see to believe. Mamma Mia will soon be celebrating its 20th anniversary in the West End, so book your tickets now for this highly-esteemed production.
After many failed attempts to spread the word of the Latter Day Saints in Uganda, Elder Price re-affirms his faith and sings directly to the General in “I Believe”. A heartfelt, compassionate solo, it’s a hilarious ballad that’s sure to leave you feeling empowered. Featuring lyrics by the creators behind South Park and Avenue Q, you won’t want to miss hearing this sensational song in The Book of Mormon performed live at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
When I Grow Up
Children and adults fly high on swings during “When I Grow Up”, in this reflective song about the future. The musical follows Matilda Wormwood, a child with a telekinetic gift. Forming a close bond with her teacher, Matilda learns that she has to be a little bit naughty to get her own way. Make sure you book your tickets to hear the cast of Matilda perform the song now, currently playing at the Cambridge Theatre.