Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:53 PM
I really think the standard of musicals in the WE is in the pits over the last few years. Just look at the Olivier nominations and it makes one despair. Even the revivals aren't up to all that much.
Matilda is probably the only genuine recent exception to all this (BOM also in a way but not really a new musical and was SO anticipated it is sort of in a special category of its own!)
The WE is (thankfully) more and more dominated by plays and I have to say I have always been a play person. I do attend all the musicals, mainly out of habit and curiosity, but they are usually a let down.
It is nice to see things like Curious Incident with "house full" notices for a change, rather than some awful musical.
There is a big run of musicals coming up though: Color Purple, The Light Princess, The Commitments, Scottsboro Boys, From Here To Eternity, Stephen Ward, X Factor, Miss Saigon
Perhaps this will turn the fortunes of musicals in London around.
God knows they need some help!