Listen to these iconic songs from West End musicals
Our playlists are filled with musical theatre songs. The ballads that make you cry. The motivational music that makes your heart soar. The alternative tracks that we blast on repeat 24/7. If there's a catchy song in a musical, it'll be in our heads for days.
With long-running West End musicals reopening later this year, remind yourself of iconic musical numbers in some of London's greatest shows.
"Defying Gravity" from Wicked
Let's be honest, Wicked is full of iconic songs but it doesn't get more iconic than "Defying Gravity". But we also always have "The Wizard and I" and "No Good Deed" queued up on our playlist. There's one way you can be "Popular" and that's by booking Wicked tickets in London. Once you've seen Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, you'll be saying "Thank Goodness."
"Stronger" from & Juliet
Our loneliness without the West End ain't killing us no more. & Juliet is jampacked with songs written by Swedish maestro Max Martin, including Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time", "Problem" by Ariana Grande, "It's Gonna Be Me" by NSYNC and "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson. With dozens of contemporary charttoppers to listen out for, & Juliet is the perfect modern musical. Check out all the songs in & Juliet here.
"Welcome To The Rock" from Come From Away
"You are here, at the start of a moment", especially if you're in the first audiences of Come From Away, reopening at the Phoenix Theatre. The ensemble piece features musical numbers including "Me And The Sky" and "38 Planes." Become an islander once more and join the come from aways in Newfoundland, as they retell the inspirational stories of being stranded in Canada for a week.
"Anything Goes" from Anything Goes
Any musical number that's titled after the show always goes on our playlist. This iconic Act One closer is a tap-dancing treat, and will be led by Sutton Foster as she reprises her Tony-winning performance as Reno Sweeney in the Cole Porter classic. Other Anything Goes songs on our musical playlists include "Friendship," "You're The Top" and "I Get A Kick Out of You." Get ready to be wowed by this "De-Lovely" musical, back at the Barbican this summer.
"Michael in the Bathroom" from Be More Chill
The stand-out track in Be More Chill is "Michael in the Bathroom," which has been streamed over 28 million times to date. It's thanks to streamers that Be More Chill became popular, with songs including "I Love Play Rehearsal," "The Squip Song" and "Do You Wanna Hang?" After a short run at The Other Palace, Be More Chill returns to London, this time at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
"Times Are Hard for Dreamers" from Amelie
As the Amélie opener alludes to, "Times are hard for dreamers" in London. The Grammy Award-nominated score Amélie will have you dreaming that you can spend a lifetime in the West End. We're playing "Thin Air" and "Where Do We Go From Here" on repeat, but this whimsical musical isn't going to "Stay" forever, as it's at the Criterion Theatre to 25 September.
"Walk Like A Man" from Jersey Boys
"Oh, What a Night!" that's coming back to the West End, as Jersey Boys returns, opening at the brand new Trafalgar Theatre. Relive the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, told through chart-topping hits including "Sherry," "Beggin'" and "Who Loves You." You'll have heard these tracks on the radio, on playlists and in films. Now, work your way back to the West End to join the Jersey Boys.
"Simply The Best" from Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Whatever the occasion, adding a Tina Turner song to your playlist will always be a welcome addition. All of Tina Turner's greatest hits feature in the jukebox musical: "Nutbush City Limits," "Proud Mary", "What's Love Got To Do With It," and of course, "Simply The Best." Tina: The Tina Turner Musical returns to the Aldwych Theatre this summer.
"When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt
As soon as we knew The Prince of Egypt was being adapted into a musical and opening in London, we played the Whitney/Mariah hit "When You Believe" on repeat. Thankfully, Alexia Khadime and Christine Allado give a stunning rendition of the Grammy-winning song at the Dominion Theatre. There's other songs from the DreamWorks Animation too, including "Deliver Us" and "Through Heaven's Eyes."
"Shiksa Goddess" from The Last Five Years
If you're looking for an emotional ballad to add to your musical playlist, The Last Five Years will become your most-listened to musical. There's funnier songs too, including "A Summer In Ohio." But, it's good to cry to music too, and songs like "Still Hurting" and "If I Didn't Believe in You" will have you sobbing uncontrollably.
Photo credit: David Bedella in & Juliet, Blake Patrick Anderson in Be More Chill and Laura Pick and Helen Woolf in Wicked
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