Here are seven new musical productions coming to the West End in 2019.
Whether it be new original musicals, revivals or UK tour transfers, there's plenty getting ready to set up shop in London's West End this year.
Dear Evan Hansen
With a score written by The Greatest Showman songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen has proved a huge hit on Broadway.
Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of socially awkward teenager Evan. In his last year of high school and with only one person he considers a friend, an assignment from his therapist leads to a misunderstanding that casts him in the centre of a tragedy. Evan’s life begins to look the way he always hoped it would, he’s finally found a way to fit in but can he maintain it?
Playing at the Noel Coward Theatre, tickets are on sale now.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is playing the London Palladium this summer from June 27 for an 11-week engagement.
BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning stage and screen actress Sheridan Smith (Legally Blonde, Funny Girl) will play the role of narrator while Jason Donovan – who previously played Joseph at the Palladium in the 1990s – will take on the role of Pharaoh.
The title role of Joseph will be played by 21-year-old Jac Yarrow, who makes his West End debut.
Fresh from film sequel Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the original stage show is set for a revival. Mary Poppins will play at the Prince Edward Theatre from 23 October 2019 with official opening night slated for 13 November 2019. The show is booking to Sunday, 29 March, 2020.
Zizi Strallen will return to star in the title role following great acclaim on the recent sell-out tour. She’ll play alongside Charlie Stemp (Hello, Dolly!, Half a Sixpence) as Bert. Further casting will be confirmed soon.
Big The Musical
Big is a musical adaptation of the 1988 film starring Tom Hanks. It tells the story of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who grows up overnight after making a wish on a Zoltar Speaks machine at a carnival. The show follows Josh as he copes with his new life as a 30-year-old man while attempting to return to his childhood.
Playing at the Dominion Theatre for a limited engagement between September 6 and November 2, Big makes its West End debut with a cast led by The Wanted singer and Strictly Come Dancing winner Jay McGuiness.
Les Misérables - All Star Staged concert
The 2019 concert version of Les Miserable in London comprises of an All Star cast, leading an orchestra of more than 65 musicians. It will be led by Michael Ball playing Javert and Alfie Boe as his nemesis Jean Valjean (* on certain dates). Matt Lucas will play Thénardier while Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Fantine, having previously played Éponine in the West End production.
They will be joined by Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier and *for three performances a week, the role of Jean Valjean will be played by John Owen-Jones.
Fame The Musical
Fresh from a 30th anniversary tour across the UK, the classic stage show will play the Peacock Theatre between September 11 and October 19. Based on the iconic 1980s film film, Fame The Musical follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life.
The cast of Fame in the West End will include Any Dream Will Do's Keith Jack as Nick, star of stage and screen Mica Paris as Miss Sherman and Jorgie Porter, best known for her TV appearances in I'm A Celebrity, Dancing On Ice and Hollyoaks, as Iris.
& Juliet is described as an "irreverent and fun-loving new West End musical" that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? A teaser of the show adds: "When it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo…"
& Juliet features a pop score by Max Martin, orchestrations by Bill Sherman, direction by Luke Sheppard (In the Heights) with a story by David West Read (Netflix’s Schitt’s Creek), choreography from Jennifer Weber and set design from Soutra Gilmour.
The new original musical will make its world premiere in Manchester before playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 2 November 2019 to 28 March 2020, book your & Juliet tickets today!