My Favourite Musicals

I am fortunate to review theatre professionally. That means that I often see shows that I would not normally have bought a ticket for, and miss shows that I would have liked to have seen because of clashing dates.

Here follows, in alphabetical order, the musicals I have seen professionally produced. I have given each a rating out of ten, and a one line synopsis.  If you want the full review use the search bar and it will come up.

20th Century Boy – 7/10 Above average Juke Box musical featuring Marc Bolan and the story of T Rex
42nd Street – 8/10 About the best dance show around. If you like big production numbers and chorus lines, this one is for you.
All Shook Up – 6/10 Decent Elvis Presley Juke Box Musical
Annie – 7/10 Lovely show, cute kids, who plays Miss Hannigan determines how good the evening is.
Avenue Q – 8/10 Irreverent puppet show that will make you laugh a lot.
Blood Brothers – 8/10 Great show, a bit light on great songs
Book of Mormon – 9/10 Inventive, funny.
Buddy – 8/10 Packed with great songs, this is the jukebox musical others have to beat
Cabaret – 9/10 great story, great songs, enduring themes
Cats – 4/10 “Memory” is the only stand out moment of a show that has not worn well. Best seen with children or an elderly mother who likes cats.
Chicago – 9/10 Brilliant tale of gangster molls. Sassy, great songs.
Club Tropicana – 5/10 Functional, frothy 80’s fun
Crazy For You – 7/10 Underrated. Strong song and dance, average story.
Dirty Dancing – 5/10 Formulaic, routine, but well done. If you like the film you will like the show.
Dreamboats and Petticoats 8/10 Wonderful 60’s Juke Box musical, great music, guaranteed feel good feeling as you leave.
Evita 10/10 Strong story, great lead roles, great songs, great set pieces. Lloyd Webber at his best.
Follies 5/10 A theatre buffs show which is too clever for its own good, but has  some good songs

Full Monty – 7/10 Now a Hen Night out. But good fun, with some enjoyable, if dated,songs.

Grease 8/10 It’s silly and formulaic but great fun with infectious song and dance.
Guys and Dolls 8/10 A classic which has endured, fabulous entertainment
Hair 4/10 A sixties icon which has not travelled well
Hairspray 9/10 Strong story, great song and dance and in “You Can’t Stop The Beat” a stunning signature song.
Half a Sixpence 6/10 Solid, dependable, but dated.
Jersey Boys 6/10 Great songs, perfunctory narrative.
Jesus Christ Superstar 9/10 It’s substance grows as the years go on. Great score and a story everyone knows. The best Rock musical.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat 6/10 “Any dream” and “Close Every Door” lift the show from routine to good.
Jungle Book 4/10 Decent adaptation of the Disney Classic
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life 1/10 By far the worst musical I have ever seen.
Legally Blonde 3/10 Dismal, awful, but young women aged 17-27 like it.
Les Miserables 10/10 Imperious
Mary Poppins 8/10 Fabulous Disney revamp.
Miss Saigon 9/10 Stunning modern tragedy, memorably staged, great songs.
Oklahoma 8/10 Seamless song and dance fun on the prairie.
Oliver 8/10 Excellent song and dance show lifted by a great villain in Bill Sykes.
Our House 4/10 Disappointing Juke Box Musical of Madness songs

Porgy and Bess  6/10  Memorable songs.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert 5/10 Warm, fey show, whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Rent 2/10 Horribly dated and self- indulgent nonsense featuring characters for whom it is impossible to care about.
Rocky Horror Show 9/10 Wonderful , glitzy and fun.
Spamalot 6/10 A silly delight- very funny.
Starlight Express 5/10 Great kids show
Sunset Boulevard 5/10 Moody, evocative, well done, gloomy.
Taboo 6/10 The Boy George Musical with little Culture Club music – but it works
The Band 7/10 Great Take That songs, and a decent story make for a strong show.
The Bodyguard 10/10 Stunning show, top draw music, compelling narrative, carried by whoever is Whitney.
The King and I 9/10 A show with music, dance, glamour and a story which combine to produce magic.
The Producers 3/10 Smug, insubstantial pap.
Whistle Down the Wind 9/10 A beautiful, mystical, show.

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2 Responses to My Favourite Musicals

  1. mphtheatregirl says:

    I love musicals. Some of my ratings are different than yours. A lot of them are 8 -10.

    1. Les Mis- 10/10
    2. Wicked- 10/10
    3. Rent- 8/10
    4. Sound of Music- 9.5/10
    5. Annie- 10/10
    6. Phantom of the Opera- 9/10

    This list can continue- just saying some for now

    • garylongden says:

      Thank you so much for your response. Our individual assessments of musicals will embrace many diverse factors. Of course we will differ. I would be delighted to see your full list.

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