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Wednesday, 22 August 2018


With the amount of heavy transfer rumours circulating the West End at the moment, it had me thinking. If I could choose my top 5 transfers to happen what would they be, and why? Touching upon musicals such as Dear Evan Hansen and Pretty Women carry on reading below to hear my thoughts.
I am starting off with one of the heaviest rumoured transfers at the moment, I think we will see some type of announcement by early next year.  With the announcement of Dreamgirls closing in January there is room for a fresh new musical to take its place. Sonia Friedman who produced Mean Girls, also produced Dreamgirls and Funny Girl. Do we see a pattern coming along here? Mean Girls holds an amazing name as is, so I really hope the West End transfer would see a debut from some new performers. Although I wouldn’t be mad if Barret Wilbert Weed follows the production to London… Right?

I mean, potentially one of the most anticipated transfers for any musical fan Dear Evan Hansen had to be on the list. Written by two of the greatest writers of our time Pasek & Paul ( La La Land, The Greatest Showman) tells the story of a socially anxious Evan Hansen and how one lie has changed his life. The story tore at so many hearts when it had its Broadway premiere, and won an astounding six Tony Awards. It'd be interesting to see who would be cast as the West End's Evan after Producer, Stacey Mindich spoke to the Daily Mail confirming that Evan would have to be played by an 'British actor' and casting would be colour blind. 

The soundtrack. I think that speaks for itself. Anastasia has one of the most beautifully written soundtracks (Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty)and although not receiving the awards it deserves I believe it would be amazing to see a West End transfer, I do believe that a limited run would work best for the musical as I don't see it being able to last long in the West End regardless of the popularity of the 1997 film, of the same name. Anastasia received mixed reviews by critics, uneven subplots and overly long running time was pinned as the main issues with the Musical. But personally I would love to see a West End premiere.

Being one of the newest premieres on Broadway, it's a little eager to wish for a West End transfer. But I am wishing a transfer purely based off the well loved 1990 movie, and 28 years later it would be interesting to see if, and how the musical adaptation has been changed. The score written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance will be released for digital download from 21st September, but the songs that have been released through promotional videos and performances I have had on repeat. Samantha Barks is and always will be a Musical Theatre Legend in my eyes, so it is overly exciting to see her in a fresh new production, with an original new score. I am hoping that a transfer would see Barks follow the production to the West End, but due to space in the West End I believe it'd be a long while before we saw a transfer, if at all. 

5. Frozen

Disney has done it again. I am a huge fan of Disney Theatrical Productions, so ever since the announcement of Frozen being written into a musical I was anticipating the release of the soundtrack. Monster and Let The Sun Shine On are both masterpieces within themselves. The book has been completely re-written to target to a more adult audience, as after doing research Disney realised 70% of their audience are adults, without children. I would love for the transfer to see Betsy Wolfe in her West End debut as Elsa, after originating the role in the Lab Production of Frozen.  And although not winning any Tony Awards, I believe a fresh new Disney Theatrical Production is just what the West End needs, to sit aside the long reigning The Lion King.

Notable mentions

I initially had Waitress as my top anticipated musical transfer, and the night before this post going live Sara Bareilles actually announced that Waitress will be making its West End transfer to the Adelphi Theatre from Spring 2019, with tickets going on sale THIS AUTUMN!

And I couldn't wrap this post up without mentioning Moulin Rouge an absolute staple in the land of Musical Theatre, and seeing a transfer to the West End would be monumental. 

Let me know if you agree with the musicals I've mentioned, or if you believe I have missed any off. Are you excited over the prospect of Broadway musicals storming the West End? Or are you wanting to see some more British premieres taking the West End?

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