At the end of 2014 there were some exciting stage shows announced for 2015. From huge Shakespeare productions to niche musicals, this year looks like it’s going to be an exciting one for theatre. This week I’m looking at my top five musicals to look forward to in 2015.
5. Back to the Future The Musical
The adaptation of the classic film is expected to hit the West End at some point in 2015. It was rumoured to be put on the backburner till 2016 but Robert Zemeckis – who co-wrote and directed the 1985 Michael J Fox film – will reunite with co-writer Bob Gale to pen the script for the stage adaptation. It’ll be interesting to see what the songs will do to the story and when this musical will actually hit the stage.
4. It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman
Now this one could be very hit or miss, but it was an inevitable concept to bring to the West End after the resurgence of all things comic book and superhero. The show will tell the tale of Superman’s efforts to defeat the vengeful Dr. Abner Sedgwick, a ten-time Nobel Prize-losing scientist who seeks to destroy the world’s symbol of good. Of course the musical will also feature Superman’s love interest Lois Lane. Previews start from 10th February at Leicester Square Theatre Main House.
3. Shock Treatment
This is a musical that has been waiting in the wings for decades and it’s finally making its way to the theatre. Shock Treatment, the 1981 sequel to the cult classic Rocky Horror, follows Brad and Janet as they are forced to live in a reality TV nightmare. The Benji Sperring directed musical will be performed at The King’s Head Theatre, Edinburgh and is due to start in Spring 2015.
4. Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
This show, which previewed in December, has already had some great reviews. It’s based on the film of the same name by Pedro Almodovar and like the film, the musical is set in Spain in the late 1980’s. It follows the messy love lives of several women, telling their stories with comedy and some great music. Starring Tamsin Greig, Ricardo Afonso, Anna Skellern and Jerome Pradon, Women On The Verge is running till the 9th May at the Playhouse Theatre.
What could be better than a reimagining of Alice in Wonderland with music by Blur/Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn? In what seems like a sci-fi take, Wonder.land is a virtual world where you can be whoever you want. The musical follows 12 year old Aly’s adventures as she navigates this virtual world that is becoming more like reality. The musical is directed by Rufus Norris and is due to open in November 2015 at the Olivier National Theatre.