6 West End musicals you need to see before they close in 2019
The West End is home to an everchanging list of productions on at the same time. Say goodbye to these shows that took their final bow in January 2019 with us, as we reminisce on some of the brightest, boldest productions to have played in London over recent years.
Shows that closed in January 2019
When a shoe company in Northampton is on the brink of closure, Charlie Price looks for ways to revamp his products. One evening, he meets drag queen Lola performing in a local cabaret club and the pair form an unlikely friendship. When Lola needs a new pair of stiletto boots to perform in, Charlie dedicates the business to producing “kinky boots” and changing the world of Price and Sons. Featuring an original score from Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots won best new musical when it first came to the West End in 2015. With songs including “Soul of a Man” and “Everybody Say Yeah”, the production treated the West End like a catwalk, with audience members strutting to the Adelphi Theatre.
Kinky Boots played at the Adelphi Theatre until 12th January 2019.
Audiences folloed ‘The Dreams’ as they tried to become American music stars in Dreamgirls, a story of showbusiness, glitz and glamour. Rising up the charts isn’t an easy task, with loyalties challenged and heated arguments becoming a regular occurrence. Made popular in recent years by the 2006 film starring Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, see the Dreamgirls rise to the top with a powerful soundtrack including “One Night Only” and “I Am Changing”. But “Listen”, Dreamgirls has now closed in the West End.
Dreamgirls played at the Savoy Theatre until 12th January 2019.
Featuring Take That’s greatest hits including “Greatest Day” and “Shine”, you’ll “Never Forget” The Band. In 1993, five school friends are besotted by their favourite boyband, going to their concerts and living their lives around them. 25 years later, the school friends reunite after winning tickets to see their favourite singers in concert again. See the theatre come to life in a concert-like frenzy filled with cheers and excitement. The Band comes to the West End after touring the United Kingdom and is set to continue touring until March 2019. The Band are now adventuring onto pastures new, as they’ve played their final West End performance. But, they still continue to entertain audience members across the country.
The Band played at Theatre Royal Haymarket until 12th January 2019.
Bat Out of Hell
Bowing out of the West End after a return by popular demand, Bat Out of Hell entertained audiences at the Dominion Theatre from April 2018. Set in Obsidian, a post-apocalyptic world, audiences met Raven and her parents, the ruling family. On the night before her 18th birthday, Raven wants to break away from her parents. When she meets Strat, a forever young boy who leads underground group The Lost, the pair fall in love with each other yet are kept apart from Raven’s parents. What follows is an exciting tale between the two as they fall in and out of love, but are ultimately brought together. Packed with Meat Loaf classics including “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise By the Dashboard Light”, Bat Out Of Hell was a truly riveting production that has now closed.
Bat Out of Hell played at the Dominion Theatre until 5th January 2019.
When Peggy Sawyer moves to New York to pursue a performing career, she books a job as a chorus girl in a new production. But, when big-time star Dorothy Brock has to withdraw from the production, Sawyer is offered the opportunity to lead a Broadway production and step into the spotlight. Set in 1920s America, see the cast tapping to blockbuster worthy musical numbers including “We’re in The Money” and “Shuffle Off to Buffalo”. 42nd Street was filled with glistening costumes, high energy dances and plenty of old-time razzamatazz that will put a spring in your step.
42nd Street played at Theatre Royal Drury Lane until 5th January 2019.
Returning to the West End as part of the show’s 21st anniversary, audiences were razzle-dazzled by Chicago. As Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart try to one-up each other to become the next Vaudevillian starlet, Billy Flynn and Mama Morton manipulate what goes down in court to play into their hands. Bringing “All That Jazz” and the “Cell Block Tango” to the West End once more, the show also features choreography inspired by Bob Fosse. Currently starring Todrick Hall as Billy Flynn and Caroline Flack playing Roxie Hart, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the West End spectacular before it clicks out of the West End in January.
Chicago played at the Phoenix Theatre until 5th January 2019.
There are new productions which regularly open in the West End throughout the year. Find out which shows we are excited to see transfer to theatres across London with our guide to the hottest shows.