Songs from West End musicals about being indoors and staying home
While we’re all staying indoors for the foreseeable future, you may be finding yourself in new routines. You’re listening to the same songs on the radio and breaking the song repetition is proving a struggle. But, if you’re looking for a musical theatre fix while staying home, take a listen to these songs from acclaimed musicals. They’re all about being indoors, staying home and finding a moment to take your own personal space in the crazy world they’re living in.
“Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables
Sung by Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, “Bring Him Home” is a musical soliloquy where Valjean begs with God to preserve the life of Marius, wishing for him to stay alive in order to bring him home to Cosette. Written specifically for Colm Wilkinson, an online performance of “Bring Him Home” starring West End talents Alfie Boe and Ramin Karimloo has gone viral, in a rendition that’s dedicated to the NHS.
“Home” from The Wiz
Sung by Diana Ross in the 1978 film adaptation, “Home” is sung by Dorothy in The Wiz as she reflects on the adventures and lessons learned while in Oz, just before she returns to Kansas. Looking for a world where there’s love, happiness and rainbows, Dorothy realises she can’t relive the journey she’s had down the yellow brick road.
“Home” from Beauty and the Beast
When the realisation hits that Belle is now a prisoner in a castle, she sings “Home” to herself. It’s a comforting song with a message that home is where the heart is, so you’re never too far away from friends, family and normal life. After this number, Belle meets other characters in the castle, including Cogsworth and Lumiere and the rest is history…
“Home” from Beetlejuice
At the start of Beetlejuice, a young girl named Lydia reflects on the death of her mother, Emily. Perhaps the 11 o’ clock number in Beetlejuice, Lydia sings “Home” as she’s feeling lost without maternal support, but she’s determined to continue her life and make those proud around her. Beetlejuice made its Broadway premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre in 2019, with 17-year-old Sophia Anne Caruso originating the role of Lydia.
“A House is Not a Home” from Promises Promises
Promises, Promises follows Chuck, a junior executive whose dreams of making it big in the corporate world are quickened when he rents his apartment to others. But, as one of Chuck’s mistresses Beth realises what he’s doing, she sings “A House is Not a Home” wistfully reflecting on her recent decisions. The musical’s not been seen in London since 1969, but this Burt Bacharach song was added for the 2010 Broadway revival, with Kristin Chenoweth singing the home-inspired number.
“Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue” from Fun Home
Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir was adapted for stage, detailing life-changing aspects in her childhood and early adult life. “Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue” is one of the first songs in the show, as Alison’s parents prep their house for a special visit, but will the house match up to her dad, Bruce’s standards? Fun Home received five Tony Awards, with the musical’s West End premiere nominated for three Olivier Awards.
“Consider Yourself” from Oliver
Oliver Twist’s left the workhouse, but he’s abandoned on the streets with nowhere to go. That’s until he meets the Artful Dodger on the streets of London, who’ll take him in to Fagin’s, where he’ll be taught how to pick a pocket or two. “Consider Yourself” at home with this catchy, well-known tune from Oliver and be part of the family.
“Our House” from Our House
A Madness jukebox musical called Our House wouldn’t be complete without “Our House”. The musical sees Joe Casey, a 16 year old whose life is split in two after one night. Balancing the fates of ‘Good Joe’ and ‘Bad Joe’, the two stories are pulled together for one happy ending. Our House won the 2003 Olivier Award for best new musical, starring Michael Jibson as Joe Casey.