During this Christmas season, London highlights some of the most interesting musical picks in the world. The hugely successful plays, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon and Wicked will draw you into the West End and leave you wanting more.
Piccadilly Theatre // 16 Denman Street // Through October 25, 2015
More than a million and a half people have seen this musical, which has become one of the longest running productions of the West End. Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who became international stars after honing their skills in the tough streets of Newark in New Jersey, USA. The play features their biggest hits such as Sherry; Big Girls Don't Cry, Can´t Take My Eyes Off of You and Oh, What a Night, among others. Directed by Des McAnuff, with a screenplay by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Bob Crewe and Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio, this production has received four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical and Best Lighting Design in a Musical.
The Book of Mormon
Prince of Wales Theatre // 31 Coventry Street // Through March 7, 2015
This hilarious musical was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the animated series South Park, along with Robert López, co-creator of the musical Avenue Q. The play tells the story of two young and inexperienced Mormon missionaries who go to a dangerous region of Uganda, Africa, to preach the word of God. Their difficulties to communicate and understand, and the situations in which they find themselves, are represented in song and dance, which turn this musical comedy into one of the most appreciated by critics and the general public.
Apollo Victoria Theatre // 17 Wilton Road // Through November 7, 2015
Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-creates some of the storylines and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells a magical tale about an unlikely but profound friendship between two female witchcraft apprentices. Eventually, one of them will become the Good Witch and the other one the evil Wicked Witch of the West. Wicked has been a big surprise and a great success in London, acclaimed both by audiences and critics. The production received several prestigious theater awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Popular Show in 2010. Described as "a cultural phenomenon" and "the best musical of the decade", Wicked is an excellent way to enjoy this holiday season in London. ■
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