New musicals for theatre breaks can seem a risky choice. We often want to stick to tried and tested favourites. However there are some good shows in the pipeline that are worth looking into for your next theatre break.
New Musicals October 2014
This month (October 2014) sees some interesting new arrivals in London theatres. Over the next few post I’m going to look at each of them in depth. The new musicals this month are Memphis the Musical, The Scottsboro Boys, Sunny Afternoon and Made in Dagenham.
MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL
From October 9th at the Shaftesbury Theatre
Based on a concept by George W. George. Book & lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music & lyrics by David Bryan ( ex-Bon Jovi). This has an original score mixing gospel, rhythm & blues, and early rock ‘n’ roll with a more modern twist.
Set in the 50s Memphis follows the fictionalized life story of young, white radio disc jockey Huey Calhoon growing up in Tennessee at the birth of Rock and Roll.
Looks like a great choice for a theatre break with some really excellent music and a fine cast. The plot might be a little thin, but we will probably forgive it as the music and dancing look like they will more than make up for it.
Check dates and deals for Memphis the Musical on our Readers Offer site.
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS,
From 04 Oct 2014 at the Garrick Theatre.
Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson This show has transferred from the Young Vic. It is at the Garrick for a limited run (closing Feb 2015). It was a sell out at the Young Vic.
Set in the Deep South of America in 1931 The Scottsboro Boys is based on an infamous racism case and is a true story. Nine young black men were riding a freight train through Scottsboro, Alabama, when they were accused of the rape of two young white women.
This might be well worth seeing if you fancy a musical with a bit more plot and drama. Could be a good choice for a theatre break if you like your shows to have a bit more depth. It is currently available in our Readers Offers for New Year Theatre Breaks and looks very good value.
From 04 Oct 2014 at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies, Book by Joe Penhall, Original story by Ray Davies
At last we are getting the long-awaited Kinks musical. This has been on and off the cards for the last few years. Full of iconic songs and with a good, autobiographical story to tell Davies’ new musical looks like a winner. We already know he can write a good musical plot as he did just that for Come Dancing. Now he turns his attentions to one of the most influential bands of the 1960s.
We follow the story of the Kinks as they move from the conservative 1950s to the swinging London of the 1960s. This is the Kinks story and it explores the sometimes difficult relationship between the two brothers at the heart of the band.
An ideal theatre break choice for those of us old enough to remember the songs, or young enough to wish we’d lived through that exciting decade. Check availability on our Readers Offer site.
MADE IN DAGENHAM – THE MUSICAL
From 09 Oct 2014 at the Adelphi Theatre
Book by Richard Bean, music by David Arnold, lyrics by Richard Thomas. Based on the 2010 film but described as a re-working the musical will feature some new characters.
We are in the sixties again for this musical. Essex in 1968 to be precise. A group of female workers take on the bosses when their pay grade drops to ‘unskilled’. Rita O’Grady is one of the woman of the sewing room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant and she is not willing to just put up with it.
The show promises to be funny, touching and ultimately uplifting. A good choice for feel-good theatre breaks then.