In four previous episodes of my weekly #ShenTens podcast, and their accompanying columns here, I’ve chosen my top ten favourite leading ladies and leading men respectively in both Broadway and West End musicals. Now I turn to rising stars — the next generation of performers who are already making their mark in London. (I’ll get to Broadway when it returns to business itself).
Ancient Myth clashes with modern Myth in a powerful rock musical about fame and mental health.
Finally, a show I haven’t seen before being streamed! And what a beauty Pieces of String turned out to be.
Kinky Boots a show that will make you laugh out loud, shed a tear, and have your toe tapping throughout, and mixed with some glitz, glamour and drag queens, what more could you want?
Audiences at the Edinburgh Playhouse are being transported straight to the Price & Sons Shoe Factory in Northampton this December, to a time and place where drag queens and shoemakers collide in spectacular fashion, in what is a truly unique and special tale.
Final casting for Myth: the Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips and playing at The Other Palace from 10 March, includes Jaymi Hensely, best known for his work in boy band Union J.
This musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s much-loved novel is a wonderful piece of adaptation. Streamlining plot whilst simultaneously enriching character, it translates the travails of the four March sisters into a warm and witty couple of hours and naturally makes you cry just as much it gladdens the heart.