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5 long-running West End musicals your theater guild should perform

For many years, audiences around the world have been captivated by the beauty of stage productions, and The West End of London is one of the most legendary sites for watching these beloved musicals, classical stage plays, and today’s exciting contemporary shows.

Everyone enjoys a good musical, but it’s actually a lot more fun to be the one putting on the show!

If your theater guild is new to the musical scene and can’t decide what to perform, West End has an extensive history of pieces that you can explore. Each musical has a unique theme,is set in different places and time periods, and has specific production materials needed. Your guild can pick a musical that best fits your allotted budget and timeline.

The heaviest expense and effort is usually dedicated to the production of the stage. Props and backdrops will frame your chosen musical, and if not done properly, it could reduce the quality of your show. Consider putting enough money aside for renting stage backdrops, as this could save you a lot of time.You may also consider low-cost but creative do-it-yourself propstolessen expenses.

Before beginning production work, you have to choose a musical to perform first. Here are a few West End titles that your theater guild should consider performing. These titles are long-running shows known for their rich and complicated plots, historical significance, and outstanding compositions. These musicals can really hone your guild’s skill in planning and organizing a production:

My Fair Lady–Originally from Broadway, this musical based on Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is incredibly fun to perform because the characters are relatable and realistic. This musical lifts spirits and shows audiences how important speech style was to high society in London during the Edwardian era.

Eliza Doolittle, a poor flower seller, dreams of working in a florist’s shop but is deemed unsuitable because of her thick Cockney accent. She meets Professor Henry Higgins, a prideful phoneticist who detests “ghastly” accents like Eliza’s, considering it to be a sign of low social standing.The hopeful Eliza then goes on to ask Higgins to teach her how to become a proper member of society so that she can achieve her dreams.

The professor is initially uninterested, but changes his mind when he is challenged by a fellow phoneticist, who asks if he (Higgins) can change how someone speaks. Higgins accepts this challenge and agrees to tutorEliza, vowing to turn her into a real lady who can talk and act like a duchess in time for a grand ball that is six months away.Touted as the perfect musical, My Fair Lady has won numerous awards and honors, including several Tony Awards and a Laurence Olivier Award.

The Phantom of the Opera – A beloved theater classic, the haunting story of Christine Daaé and her relationship with the mysterious Phantom of the Opera is one of the most well-known musicals of all time.Set in Paris in the late 1800s, the musical revolves around a mysterious figure known as the Phantom of the Opera, who haunts the OpéraPopulaire and casts misfortune during performances.

Soprano Christine Daaé is a chorus girl, but an opportunity for her to shine arrives when the star of the show, Carlotta,refuses to sing. After the performance, Christine’s voice is acclaimed as angelic, and other performers observe that she seems well trained. In fact, Christine’s mentor the fabled Phantom of the Opera, who lives underneath the theater. The phantom is obsessed with the soprano, and his fixation will continue to grow as the story unfolds, resulting in a number of deadly incidents.

Blood Brothers – Are our circumstances a result of nature or nurture? This contemporary musical seeks to answer that question. Blood Brothers is a heavy drama that tells the story of fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie, who were separated at birth.

The brothers grew up living vastly different lives, and it seems as though they are fated to always cross paths. They both fall in love with the same girl, and this eventually leads to both brothers’ demise. This tragic musical written by Willy Russell bagged the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1988.

Miss Saigon – Set shortly before the end of the Vietnam War, this musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil shows the doomed romance between a poor Vietnamese girl and an American soldier. The story touches on many themes, including the narrative of white supremacy, the American Dream, unconditional love, and the sacrifices that mothers are willing to make.

Kim is a seventeen-year-old bargirl in Dreamland, a bar in Saigon. On her first day on the job, she meets Chris Scott,an American sergeant who is drawn by her innocence that stands out in the club. Kim ends up dancing with Chris and they eventually spend the night together.

The pair falls deeply in love with each other, with Chris telling Kim that he wants to take her with him back to America. Kim agrees and the bargirls hold a ‘wedding ceremony’for the couple.

Unfortunately, on the night that Saigon fell, Chris is forced to leave Kim behind as he and his fellow soldiers are evacuated back to the United States. Unbeknownst to Chris, Kim was pregnant with his child. This development will lead to Kim and Chris’ bittersweet reunion.This award-winning musical will surely pull the heartstrings of many.

Les Misérables– How can we not include West End’s longest-running musical on this list? Victor Hugo’s epic tale about the effects of corruption and political upheaval on the poor people of Paris will leave first-time viewers possibly speechless. The story focuses on poverty, social inequality, death, redemption, and faith.

Jean Valjean, branded as ‘Prisoner 24601’, has been granted parole after being imprisoned for nineteen years—five years for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s son and family and for breaking a window pane, and fourteen years for attempting to escape from authorities. Though free from prison, Valjean is treated as a criminal and cannot find a job, making him desperate and bitter at his circumstances.

He was about to surrender to a life of thievery but the kind Bishop of Digne saves him from this fate by encouraging him to be an honest man for God. Ashamed and humbled by the actions of the Bishop, he then resolves to live as a new man free from his past.

Years later, Valjean, who has assumed a new identity, has become a wealthy factory owner. Brewing in the background is the poor’s thirst for change which will eventually lead to a violent student uprising.

Valjean’s connection to single mother Fantine and her daughter Cosette will involve him in a set of events that will lead to death, forgiveness, and redemption.

Bursting with emotion in every song, this musical relies heavily on powerful vocals. If your troupe decides to present it in its entirety, Les Misérablescan is a very costly production. But with the right budgeting and planning, it could very well be your theater guild’s greatest show to date!

Musicals call for a lot of effort. They require different department heads for costume, props, sound, stage design, acting, and directing.

Careful planning and teamwork are at the core of it. It may get difficult, especially when opening night is fast approaching, but preparing for a stage production strengthens bonds between guild members and can even help you improve yourself.

After choosing a musical, timeline and budget planning should go next. These titles aren’t easy to perform without considerable preparation, but the experience you’ll get and the applause you’ll receive at the end of the show will be worth it!

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