Top 10 Broadway shows in London
After taking a bite out of the Big Apple’s theatre scene, Broadway shows regularly find a second home in the West End as they open on the other side of the Atlantic. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton to intimate productions of the latest offerings across London’s smaller theatres, experience the best of Broadway theatre in London. Here, we round up the top 10 Broadway shows in London.
Come From Away – Phoenix Theatre
Dear Evan Hansen – Noel Coward Theatre
Pretty Woman: The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre
Hamilton – Victoria Palace Theatre
Waitress – Adelphi Theatre
The Book of Mormon – Prince of Wales Theatre
Hairspray – London Coliseum
Ghost Quartet – Boulevard Theatre
Be More Chill – The Other Palace
Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre
Detailing inspirational true stories of those on-board the 38 planes forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Come From Away opened its heart to West End audiences earlier this year. Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein after visiting those affected by Operation Yellow Ribbon, it’s a heartwarming musical where 12 actors play 84 characters that captures the kind-hearted essence of the Gander residents during the frantic days. The musical became a multi-Olivier Award-winning production in 2019, winning four categories including best new musical.
Come From Away tickets are available now.
Finding its West End home at the Noël Coward Theatre with newcomer Sam Tutty in the lead role, Dear Evan Hansen has already earned a reputation as one of this century’s must-see musicals on Broadway. From the creators behind The Greatest Showman and La La Land, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s musical about a teenage boy longing to fit in with his peers has been unanimously praised by critics, going on to win six Tony Awards. It’s no surprise then that Dear Evan Hansen tickets are some of the most sought-after tickets in London.
Dear Evan Hansen tickets are available now.
Walking down the streets of the West End and into the Piccadilly Theatre next year, the iconic nineties romcom about a businessman who develops an unexpected relationship with an escort first lit up the Great White Way in 2018. Staying true to the film, Pretty Woman features a book by the movie’s screenwriters Garry Marshall and J. F. Lawton, with music by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. Casting for Pretty Woman in the West End is to be announced, but it’s going to be a huge musical to take over London in 2020.
Pretty Woman: The Musical tickets are available now.
Lin Manuel-Miranda’s epic musical detailing the life of Founding Father and revolutionary Alexander Hamilton won an unprecedented 11 Tony Awards, making it one of the most successful Broadway musicals in theatre history. Following events in Hamilton’s life as a child through to assisting George Washington, the federalist papers and cabinet battles come alive to a hip-hop and R&B soundtrack written by Miranda, who also originated the lead role at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. In 2017, Hamilton has wowed audiences in London at the Victoria Palace Theatre where it’s played since.
The sounds of Sara Bareilles’ pie-based musical first charmed Broadway audiences in 2016, later whipping West End audiences into a delight when Waitress transferred to the Adelphi Theatre in 2019. Based on Adrienne Shelly’s posthumous screenplay about a small-town waitress looking for a greater life, the musical made history on its West End opening with its female-only creative team. Katharine McPhee reprised her Broadway performance to originate the role of Jenna in London, with Lucie Jones later taking over the role, but Sara Bareilles will don the ‘Jenna’ apron next year to make her West End debut in the musical that she composed.
Waitress tickets are available now.
Breaking box office records on its Broadway opening, The Book of Mormon headed for the other side of the pond to spread the word of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham in 2013. Created by Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez and South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the side-splittingly funny musical sees two missionaries attempt to convert Ugandans into Mormons with varying levels of success. With one of its characters named Nabulungi left as the brunt of name-related jokes, the quick wit and originality of The Book of Mormon saw the musical win four Olivier Awards in 2014 and continues to be one of the hottest shows around.
The Book of Mormon tickets are available now.
Audiences couldn’t get enough of the Hairspray beat when it first opened on Broadway in 2002. Later making its West End premiere in 2007 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, audiences can look forward to a homecoming of 1960s America as Hairspray comes back to town at the London Coliseum. Following Tracy Turnblad as she finds her confidence after gaining a place on the Corny Collins Show, the plucky teenager speaks her mind to a forward-thinking, receptive crowd wanting change. With a tradition of casting newcomers into the lead role, West End debutante Lizzie Bea will star as Tracy, alongside Michael Ball reprising his performance as Tracy’s mum Edna.
Hairspray tickets are available now.
Dave Malloy’s haunting song-cycle about a woman seeking revenge on her lover made London theatre history as the inaugural musical at the Boulevard Theatre, a new Soho venue. After a world premiere in Brooklyn, the otherworldly, ethereal show pushes the boundaries of creating theatre, with a cast of four playing instruments throughout the song cycle’s entirety. With Mark Shenton praising the musical as “an art-house musical at the perfect embodiment of an art-house venue”, Ghost Quartet ushers in a new era of Broadway shows coming to London.
Ghost Quartet tickets are available now.
Regularly home to West End premieres of the latest American hits, The Other Palace is no different with its newest Broadway offering. Following a teenager who goes to extreme measures to fit in with his peers with the help of a supercomputer, Be More Chill captured the hearts and minds of Broadway theatregoers, with its stand-out song ‘Michael in the Bathroom’ streamed on music platforms over 31 million times. Soon to take over the West End, Be More Chill celebrates individuality and being yourself.
Be More Chill tickets are available now.
In a review for New York Theatre Guide, Mark Shenton said “Moulin Rouge is a canvas of spectacle and emotion” and it’s sure to do the same when it opens at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2021. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie, the story of a lovesick writer and enchanting singer at the Moulin Rouge comes alive on stage, boasting over 70 songs in its eclectic soundtrack including Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ and Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’. Casting for Moulin Rouge: The Musical in the West End is to be announced, but we can’t wait to be invited into a theatrical world where anything can-can happen at the Moulin Rouge.