Back to work after the Christmas break? Got a touch of the new year blues? Take a look at some of my top feel-good musicals to help raise your spirits this January. Why not treat yourself and book one today?
Take a trip to the sunny greek island of Mamma Mia this cold January and see the well loved story of Sophie and her quest to find her father before she gets married to the love of her life, Sky. But with three potential fathers and a mother who doesn’t know for sure which man is the dad, there is only one logical way to find out the answer. Invite them all to the wedding and hope she can work out which one should walk her down the isle.
Mamma Mia is a secret passion of mine (well not so secret anymore) and despite it not being the greatest story or the greatest production ever made, the songs are brilliant (Abba) and it is a sure-fire way to turn that frown upside down this January. Photo: Brinkhoff Mögenburg
If you love Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, you’ll love grooving along to this musical telling the story of their rise to fame which is playing at the Piccadilly Theatre in the heart of London’s West End.
Featuring hits like ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,’ ‘Oh, What a Night’ and many more. Photo: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg
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One of the greatest new musicals to be produced in the last ten years, Matilda is the classic story by Roald Dahl, set to music by the brilliant Tim Minchin.
Meet Matilda Wormwood, the little girl who loves books but doesn’t have the most supportive parents in the world who believe watching TV is more educational than reading. But this extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Photo: Manuel Harlan
This is the perfect show for adults and children alike. I’m off to see the show myself next week and if you’re looking to be uplifted then why don’t you go and check it out too? Photos: Manuel Harlan
The little boy from the north-east will be pirouetting out of the West End (well, Palace Victoria Theatre) in April this year so the theatre can close for renovation works. The show will be going straight out on a UK tour though so it will never be too far away.
Billy Elliot is a funny, heart-warming and feel-good celebration of one young boy’s dream in a gripping tale of triumph over adversity. This original story captured the hearts and minds of the world when the movie was released in October 2000. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. Photo: Alastair Muir
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When I first saw this show on Broadway last year (it’s 2016 now so I can say that) I didn’t really like it that much but for some reason, since it opened in London, I can’t get enough of it! I’ve seen the show three times already and am gagging for more! Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry give stand out roles and with brilliant songs by 80’s pop legend Cyndi Lauper, this is one feel-good musical you don’t want to miss.
Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly) is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola (Matt Henry), a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Photo: Matt Crocket
Whether you are a fan of Carole King or are too young to know who she is, you will know the majority of the songs she wrote, which have been merged together in a musical tapestry of her life.
She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including the Drifters, the Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and the Monkees.
Actress Cassidy Janson has recently taken over in the lead role of Carole King (from Olivier Award winner Katie Brayben) and so even if you’ve seen the show already, now is the perfect excuse to go again! Photo: Brinkhoff Moegenburg