Since my last couple of posts have been very word-heavy and self improvement orientated, I thought this week I’d lighten things up and tell you all about some musicals I’ve seen recently. Over the past month I’ve spent a lot of time at the theatre and have been lucky enough to see four musicals- ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Shrek’ and ‘Legally Blonde’- so I thought I’d share my opinions on my experiences for those of you thinking about going to see them.
Although I love any excuse to go to the theatre, I have to say I wasn’t too excited about ‘Jersey Boys’ and only got tickets to celebrate Mother’s Day with my Mam who had been dying to see the show for a long time, but I was shocked at how much I liked it! We went to the Sunderland Empire (I’ve been told it’s a lot different if you see it on the West End) and although the upper circle where I was sitting was pretty empty and lacked the theatre atmosphere I love, it was still a really good performance, especially by Michael Watson who played Frankie Valli. I was worried that I wouldn’t know any of the songs and that I’d be surrounded by old people singing along, but I actually knew quite a few of the popular ones like ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ and ‘Sherry’ and even bought myself a Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons CD to play in my car after seeing it to learn the rest!
I bought tickets for ‘Hamilton’ more than a year in advance and after seeing it I can definitely see why there’s so much demand- it was nothing short of AMAZING! Jamael Westman who played the titular role was incredible, along with the rest of the cast who from the very first ‘Dun dun dun dun dun dun’ to the final curtain performed all fourty six musical numbers incredibly! As you can imagine the theatre was jam packed with a lively audience which made for an amazing atmosphere from start to finish. I’d 100% recommend going if you get the chance- it lives up to the hype and then some.
Shrek The Musical
I have to say I was expecting a lot more from ‘Shrek The Musical’- it felt more like a pantomime than a musical and again was pretty empty apart from a LOT of children in the stalls (who, after watching the show, I realised were the target audience). The costumes were great and I enjoyed most of the songs, but after watching ‘Hamilton’, a show with such well choreographed and performed numbers, it just didn’t compare. I did like that there was a nod to the original soundtrack at the end though.
Legally Blonde The Musical
I absolutely loved ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’- it was full of catchy songs, amazing dance routines, a LOT of humour and two very cute dogs to boot. I hadn’t actually seen the original movie beforehand but the fans amongst you will be pleased to know I did watch it afterwards and the stage version was pretty true to the screen version, give or take a few scenes. My favourite part of the night was without a doubt how relaxed the cast were with the audience- there were giggles from Lucie Jones, who played ‘Elle Woods’, after a poorly timed laugh from a child and a nod by Rita Simmonds, playing ‘Paulette’, to the badly behaved British Bulldog playing ‘Rufus’ who decided he didn’t want to be on stage anymore. The friendly atmosphere meant everyone was lively and engaged, especially a woman near me who expressed her surprise to *that* office scene VERY loudly, much to the amusement of everyone else. I really, really enjoyed the show and although it still wasn’t enough to rival ‘Hamilton’ and become my favourite of all four musicals, I’d definitely recommend going to see it.
So that was my ‘Month Of Musicals’ run down, hopefully there’ll be more of these relaxed, chatty posts in the future. If you have any musical recommendations for me please leave them in the comments, I’m always looking for new shows to see! Megan x