Our cheat-sheet on which big new musicals will make it to the West End in 2015.
Today in the Daily Mail Baz runs through the latest new slate of musicals circling the West End with hopes of a 2015 run.
Here’s our cheat-sheet on what’s what in the West End for next year.
Groundhog Day The Musical
What is it? The Matilda dream team of Tim Minchin (songs), Matthew Warchus (direction) and Peter Darling (choreography) are progressing with this movie-to-stage adaptation of Groundhog Day The Musical.
Status: Staged readings have taken place
Timing and theatre: Unknown (Baz in the Daily Mail speculates that it may become part of an Old Vic season when Warchus takes over from Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic). Possibly 2015, expect a West End transfer.
Kinky Boots The Musical – West End
What is it? Jerry Mitchell’s hugely successful Broadway show, which won lots of Tony Awards last year, and has songs by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein
Status: Broadway to London transfer; casting will be the challenge to follow Billy Porter’s extraordinary performance as Lola (unless he can be tempted over to London?)
Timing and theatre: With Made in Dagenham finishing early, the Adelphi would be a perfect home; Second choice the Palace Theatre -which would mean The Commitments closing; Tittle-tattle suggests it might just be strutting its stuff in Autumn 2015.
Back To The Future The Musical
What is it? Musical adaptation of the wildly successful movie Back To The Future starring Michael. J. Fox.
Status: It was due to open for the film’s 30th anniversary in 2015 however ‘creative differences’ led Director Jamie Lloyd to leave the production in August 2014. The book is to be adapted from the original screenplay by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale with music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard. Jamie Lloyd’s long time collaborator Soutra Gilmore was appointed designer however it is unknown if her designs will still feature in the show.
Timing and theatre: Reset the DeLorean to 2016 at the earliest. Theatre unknown.
Calendar Girls The Musical
What is it? Tim Firth, who wrote the original screenplay and West End play for Calendar Girls, teams up with Gary Barlow to pen songs for a new musical version of Calendar Girls. Producer lined-up to be David Pugh, who produced the play, although the erratic (disastrous) run of The Full Monty last year may have thrown that somewhat.
Status: Workshops meant to be happening now (TBC)
Timing and theatre: Unknown
Bend It Like Beckham The Musical
What is it? Gurinder Chadha’s movie-to-stage adaptation of her own 2002 movie hit, penned by composer Howard Goodall (Love Story, The Hired Man) and lyricist Charles Hart (The Phantom of the Opera), with a book by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges based on Chadha’s screenplay
Status: Key casting has been announced with tickets now on sale
Timing and theatre: Previews 15 May 2015 with Opening Night 24 June at the Phoenix Theatre.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – West End
What is it? The story of Carole King’s rise to stardom featuring her catalogue of songs, currently playing on Broadway
Status: Broadway to London transfer; casting has been announced with tickets now on sale
Timing and theatre: Opens 10 Feb 2015 at the Aldwych Theatre.
Motown The Musical – West End
What is it? Broadway hit that follows the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy and his stable of artists including Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five and The Supremes, mixing new songs with renderings of the classics.
Status: Broadway to London transfer; no news on casting
Timing and theatre: There was talk of this opening in early 2015, however it seems they have struggled to find the right theatre. Motown The Musical will now open at the Shaftesbury theatre in February 2016.
Dusty The Musical
What is it? Sandi Toksvig’s play about the life of Sixties icon Dusty Springfield featuring her back-catalogue of music, produced by West End impressario David Ian (The Bodyguard, Cats) and directed by Jonathan Church.
Status: Script completed; A performed reading to take place this Autumn; search is on for an actress to play Dusty
Timing and theatre: TBC. Given Jonthan Church’s involvement it might be a Chichester show that transfers.
Aladdin The Musical – West End
What is it? Disney movie-to-stage adaptation of its popular animated film, doing great business on Broadway, with James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie scooping a Tony Award earlier this year.
Status: Broadway to London transfer; no casting announced.
Timing and theatre: Head of Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher, was in talks with RUG about securing the London Palladium, which admittedly has the best sight lines of all London’s theatres, however with the realisation that shows run 2-3 years at best at the Palladium Disney are now in talks with the Dominion. May be more 2016 than 2015.
Newsies The Musical – West End
What is it? Disney movie-to-stage adaptation, big on dance numbers, directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. Announced it is closing on Broadway on 24 August 2014.
Status: Broadway to London transfer.
Timing and theatre: Disney haven’t been able to find a suitable theatre. This transfer looking more unlikely given that the show is shuttering on Broadway and it seems that Disney’s focus is now on Aladdin.