The best musical for 2019
From Broadway to the West End – a review of the musicals that will be the most popular this year in Iberia’s destinations.
1 Madrid: Billy Elliot, for dancing
After 11 years of success in London and six on Broadway, Madrid’s Nuevo Teatro Alcalá is hosting the second season of this musical from Tuesdays through Sundays. It tells the story of Billy Elliot, a young man born in the crisis-stricken England of the 1980s who dreams of being a dancer. Its staging is so complex that it prevents the musical from being moved to other cities.
Where: Nuevo Teatro Alcalá de Madrid
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (8pm), Fridays and Saturdays (5pm and 9pm) and Sundays (6pm)
2 London: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
The Other Palace theatre, in London’s West End, brings a limited eight-week edition of the globally successful improvised musical comedy: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. This show is completely different in each performance and will celebrate its 1,000th performance during this period. These eight unique and completely new musicals – one for each week – will take place without interrupting the company’s monthly performances at the Lyric Theatre.
Where: The Other Palace Theatre
When: 22/01 – 16/03 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (7.30), Friday (5.30pm and 8.30pm) and Saturdays (2.30p, and 7.30pm).
3 New York: Hamilton, number one on Broadway
With a mix of hip-hop, jazz, blues and R&B, Hamilton has captivated Broadway audiences and is currently number one in the popularity ranking of its shows. Its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was inspired by the biography of the historian Ron Chernow to talk about the US’s past through Alexander Hamilton, who was one of its founding fathers and right-hand man to George Washington, the country’s first president.
Where: Richard Rodgers Theatre
When: Tuesdays through Sundays (the new tickets for up to November have just been released for sale)
4 Paris: Chicago The Musical
Chicago is one of Broadway’s most legendary shows, and one of its longest-running. The life of the fictional Roxie Hart – a 1920s cabaret singer – was initially created as a play and then inspired the musical in 1975. It was revived in 1995 and has been performed in New York ever since. Now it’s in Paris until the end of June, so you can enjoy the performance steps from the popular Galeries Lafayette.
Where: Mogador Theatre
When: until 30 June; March (every day except Wednesday), April (from Wednesdays through Sundays), May-June (from Thursdays through Sundays).