We’ve all know those emotion stifflers that will have dry eyes from start to finish of The Notebook, or will watch Marley slowly close his eyes on the veterinary table in Marley&Me with a blank face (THE DOG DIES?!)… but these 4 musicals set to perform along London’s West End streets are sure to make those with the coldest of hearts shed at least one tear or two (along with plenty of laughs, drama and thrill thrown in!).
1. Les Miserables
No, Anne Hathaway isn’t in this one, but as ‘the longest running musical in the world’ Les Miserables has a pretty solid reputation for taking you on an emotional roller coaster. Hurtling along Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s famous melodrama and aided by a swirling revolve and John Napier’s stunning constructivist set, we follow Jean Valjean’s journey across France as he attempts to escape his criminal past and make amends. A story of love, loss and war, Les Miserables is a immersive experience not to be missed.
2. RENT: The Musical
A truly powerful story, RENT hones in on the impact of love, loss and HIV on real modern day life. Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La Boheme, the musical features songs that will make your heart swell but your eyes brim with tears. Having already won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, 4 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards and 3 Obie Awards in its first year on Broadway, RENT is one to look out for as it heads for London later this year.
Travelling from Transylvania to bring their original rock opera to London, the cast of Cruel are defying classical musical genre characterisation with their emotionally charged performance. A tragedy that explores the lives of four characters as they endure a moral maze of love, lust, judgement and devastation, Cruel combines rock and classical music to really deliver a ‘rock opera’, with the lead role taken by Andy Ghost, the lead vocalist of one of Romania’s biggest rock bands, Altar. Arriving in October, Cruel offers a unique experience that is unlike any other.
4. Dear Evan Hansen
A musical that tells the tales of the cruelty found along the school corridors, to say Dear Evan Hansen is a heartbreaker of a musical would be an understatement.Evan’s social anxiety is not the cute awkwardness of a nerdy high school senior; it is extreme enough to lead him through a combination of despair and a desire to please and into the dystopia of lies that kick-starts the plot. Finding endless nuances in the relationships among the characters and still finding to slide in some leavening humour in there too, Dear Evan Hansen keeps revealing new charm, new sadness, new truth.