6 musical theatre songs to satisfy your sweet craving this Easter
Easter is a time to sit down, relax and eat plenty of food, especially sweeter snacks. While you’re curled up on the sofa, why not listen to these sweet-based musical theatre songs, sure to make you work up an appetite for food and theatre tickets!
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Sweet songs from musicals
What Baking Can Do from Waitress
As you walk into the Adelphi Theatre, you’re faced with the aromatic scent of freshly-baked pies wafting around the front of house, before stepping into the auditorium with a cherry pie decorated curtain. With sugar, butter and flour the central ingredients to one of Jenna Hunterson’s much-loved pies, it’s no surprise that Waitress is one of the sweetest musicals in the West End. “What Baking Can Do” follows Jenna as she decides to continue baking, recalling stories of her late mother who found herself by opening an oven door.
Coffee Black from Big the Musical
Even though Big will receive its London debut at the Dominion Theatre later this year, the production was first performed in 2016, starring Jay McGuiness. Based on the 1998 film of the same name, “Coffee Black” sees Josh Baskin bouncing into the office feeling like a new man, but as he begins to face up to his new life in an adult body, will his childhood ever be the same again? Hear the up-tempo “Coffee Black” and even more fun-filled songs at the West End premiere of Big from September 2019.
A Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins
When Mary Poppins encourages the children to tidy up and look after their belongings, the lovable nanny decides to teach in her own special way. Even though tidying up may seem dull, Mary makes it clear that when approaching any situation with a good attitude, you can still have fun. Sung by Mary to Jane and Michael, “A Spoonful of Sugar” is a popular showtune in Mary Poppins, along with “Feed the Birds” and “Step in Time”.
Toot Sweets from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
“Toot Sweets” from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is sung by Caractacus Potts, as he invents a new type of sweet that can also be used as a whistle. Dreaming up a delicious snack like this, the toot sweets’ whistle is so high pitched that the local dogs are called into the sweet factory, proving that sugar and spice doesn’t make everything nice! The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, who also penned songs for Mary Poppins.
Pure Imagination from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Entering a world of musical delight, “Pure Imagination” is one of the iconic tunes from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as Willy Wonka shows Charlie Bucket his grand prize; the chocolate factory. Unwrapped in the West End in 2013, the stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s sweet-filled book played at Theatre Royal Drury Lane until January 2017, later transferring to Broadway and Sydney as audiences around the world tucked into this theatrical delight.
Be our Guest from Beauty and the Beast
A food-based musical theatre article wouldn’t be complete without “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast. As Belle looks forward to her first meal in the castle, see the cutlery and dishes come alive in this domestic extravaganza. Inviting Belle to eat as she pleases, Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs Potts show the young maiden that she will be looked after well in her newly-found surroundings. Beauty and the Beast was last played in the West End 20 years ago, with Disney musicals such as Aladdin and Mary Poppins delighting audiences since.