My recent trip to England yielded three more nights in West End theatres. Here’s a complete list of what I’ve seen there, along with dates and, where warranted, pithy remarks.
- Mar. 31/93: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. London Palladium. My aunt and I were actually on our way to get tickets to see Cats (which at that point I still hadn’t seen) when we passed the Palladium and saw a sign out front announcing “TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENING’S PERFORMANCE.” I spent my first night in the West End in the front row of the Royal Circle of one of the world’s most famous theatres. Regrettably, I was wearing a Joseph t-shirt (bought five months earlier when I saw the show in Minneapolis), which surely made me the first and only “That Guy” ever at a musical.
- Apr. 1/93: Les Miserables. Palace Theatre.
- Mar. 03: My Fair Lady. Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
- Mar. 06: Guys and Dolls. Cambridge Theatre. By some distance the worst thing I’ve seen in the West End.
- Mar. 06: The Phantom of the Opera. Her Majesty’s Theatre.
- Aug. 07: Les Miserables. Queen’s Theatre.
- Aug. 07: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Adelphi Theatre. Lee Mead starred; I had no idea who he was till that night. Incidentally, apart from seeing Tommy again, witnessing Steven Pimlott’s revival of Joseph one more time was my wildest theatregoing dream.
- May 10: Love Never Dies. Adelphi Theatre. Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess starred; the following year they were reunited in the twenty-fifth anniversary performance of another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a deformed genius skulking the Paris Opera House. The show was surprisingly good.
- May 10: Les Miserables. Queen’s Theatre. Flaming Red and I sat front row for £20.
- May 10: The Phantom of the Opera. Her Majesty’s Theatre.
- May 10: Hair. Gielgud Theatre. You might’ve read about this one.
- Mar. 26/14: Matilda. Cambridge Theatre.
- Mar. 27/14: The Phantom of the Opera. Her Majesty’s Theatre. This, incredibly, was Sam’s first time seeing Phantom. It was my twenty-fifth.
- Jun. 24/15: Matilda. Cambridge Theatre.
- Jun. 25/15: Miss Saigon. Prince Edward Theatre. Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Miss Saigon‘s less revival than full-fledged reimagining, substantial lyrical changes included.
- Jun. 30/15: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Gielgud Theatre. The new cast’s press night; we spent the half-hour leading up to the performance standing outside and watching a parade of B-list British celebrities getting their photos taken.
More to come!