It’s no secret that I love going to the theatre more than anything. I’ll see pretty much anything but I have ended up seeing quite a few musicals. I have a ton of show songs on my iPod and I thought I’d make a quick list of my top ten favourites since I’ve been doing that so much with K-Pop songs. Some of the songs are going to be obvious whilst others less obvious so let’s get going.
10. Chicago – Cell Block Tango
This song would be higher up because I think it’s absolutely amazing but I’m not a big fan of the show. I absolutely love the film but I find the stage show to be quite underwhelming. I first saw it when it toured the UK so I assumed it was underwhelming because it was on tour but after seeing it on Broadway I just think it’s generally not a great show. After seeing it twice I won’t be in a hurry to see it again but I do love ‘Cell Block Tango’, it’s such a good song.
9. Dream Girls – And I Am Telling You
I went into this show completely blind, I’ve never seen the film even though I’d like to one day so I had no idea what to expect. To be honest I wasn’t a massive fan of the plot but luckily Amber Riley saved the show for me. I was a big Glee fan while I was in school and one of my favourite songs performed on the show was definitely Amber Riley’s ‘And I Am Telling You’ so to see her perform it live was honestly astonishing. She is so talented and I’d go and see the show all over again just to hear her sing again. If I had half her talent maybe I could achieve something with my life.
8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – More of Him to Love
I’m really sad that this show isn’t on in the West End anymore, I saw it twice and I thought it was great both times. My favourite songs from the show are the ones that introduce the kids who won the golden tickets but the best one is ‘More of Him to Love’. This is making me miss this show so much, did we have to get rid of it?
7. Little Shop of Horrors – Feed Me
This show has a place in my heart because it was the last show I performed in at Secondary School before I left. So when it went on a tour of the UK last year I made sure I got myself tickets and saw it the night before my 20th birthday. I loved it so much, I wish this was on in the West End so I could see it again. I love the majority of the songs from this song but ‘Feed Me’ is probably my favourite. If this goes on tour again I need to get tickets, it feels like ages since I saw it.
6. School of Rock – Stick It to the Man
This is one of my favourite films and the stage show, although different, is just as good. There are more songs in the stage version and I love the majority of them but my favourite is ‘Stick It to the Man’ I think it’s actually brilliant. If you haven’t seen this show then you’re really missing out, it’s one of my absolute favourites it’s a shame that the tickets are so expensive! I’ve seen it twice this year and I am tempted to go back next year.
5. Wicked – Defying Gravity
I don’t care what anyone says about this song, it is iconic and I love it! Most songs from that show are amazing including ‘Thank Goodness’, ‘The Wizard and I’ and ‘Dancing Through Life’ but come on, ‘Defying Gravity’ has to take it. I’ve seen this show four times and every time ‘Defying Gravity’ starts I get goose bumps. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it actually and now I really want to go back! This post is going to bankrupt me because now I’m desperate to go back to London to rewatch all my favourite shows.
4. Anastasia – Once Upon A December
Earlier this year I went to New York and finally saw my first Broadway show. I picked ‘Anastasia’ because it’s not on in the UK yet and I love the film. I was not disappointed, me and my Mom had really good seats in a private box and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Everything about it was perfect and I finally got to see my favourite song from the film performed live. Apparently ‘Anastasia’ will eventually be coming to Europe and the UK and I would love to see it again and I know my friend Becca is dying to as well so I’ll definitely be taking another trip to see it. I can’t wait!
3. Aladdin – High Adventure
I’m not sure why but this show is slowly climbing its way up to being one of my favourites. I love the soundtrack, the comedy, the costumes, the scenery, pretty much everything about this show! I’ve seen it twice and both times I was sat in the back in the exact same seat, next time I see it I’d like to spend extra to get a better ticket. My only problem is that obviously it’s always full of children and I’m worried about paying extra for a good ticket and having it ruined by an annoying child. I’m willing to take the risk though.
‘High Adventure’ is probably my favourite song, I downloaded the entire soundtrack from iTunes simply because I couldn’t find this song on YouTube and I really wanted to listen to it again. Although my favourite character has to be the Genie I still love Babkak, Omar and Kasim. If you haven’t seen the stage version then I really recommend it, it’s fantastic.
2. The Lion King – Circle of Life
This show is honestly amazing, I love the film and the show is probably even better. It’s so clever how it’s done. I remember taking my friend to see it and straight after ‘The Circle of Life’ she turned to me and said “I know we’re only two minutes in but this is the best show I’ve ever seen” and it is really good! I haven’t met anyone who said they didn’t like it.
I love all the songs from the show but ‘The Circle of Life’ has to take it because the opening number really shows the hard work, the thought and the talent that went into making this show.
1. Matilda – Naughty
For a while ‘Matilda’ was my favourite stage show. I’m not sure if it still is but I think it’s brilliant. It’s quite different to the film but in a good way, it focuses more on how smart Matilda is rather then her powers. I love the majority of the songs, my favourites include ‘The Smell of Rebellion’, ‘My House’ and ‘Bruce’ but I think ‘Naughty’ has to take it. I just love the message, it’s a song I wish I’d listened to and understood as a kid. The whole show is just brilliant and I can’t recommend it enough.
There you go! Feel free to leave me a comment with your favourite songs from musicals whether that’s from shows or from films. If you have any recommendations then do let me know!