Top 5 musicals that non-musical fans must see
Whether you love them or not, Tayla Curry has five musicals that you should be on a need-to-know basis with.
Are you not particularly fond of musicals? Maybe your friends or partner are keen for a night of Broadway-esque entertainment, and you honestly don’t know what to do but look for the cheapest ear plugs online. Fear not, here are five musicals that you can and even should see. It may just be a night of great singing, dancing and heartfelt storylines, or you may even take away an important lesson. Just saying, these musicals could change your life.
But first, some mood music.
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon is not your average musical. It’s a comedy that makes light of numerous practices and beliefs undertaken by Mormons, through following Elder Kevin Price and Elder Arnold Cunningham as they proclaim and preach their religion to a Ugandan village. The popular musical, which has grossed over $500 million worldwide, see the young missionaries challenged by disinterest from the community who are dealing with bigger issues such as famine and oppression. Through light-hearted humour (and at times, dirty humour), this musical deals with the importance of love and service across all communities, while providing lots of laughs.
The Lion King
The Lion King musical, which is based on the 1994 Disney film of the same name, is honestly spectacular. It is the third-longest-running show in Broadway history, grossing more than $1 billion. This musical brings to life the much-loved film through actors in animal costumes and life-sized hollow puppets. Alongside the catchy soundtrack, it demonstrates the importance of forgiving ourselves, and of course, hakuna matata.
Wicked is a broadway musical told from the perspective of two witches in Oz, highlighting that perhaps there are two sides to every story. It brings back all the well-known characters from The Wizard of Oz, however, mostly focuses on Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch. This musical deals with isolation, bullying, and the way in which rumours can create people’s views of an individual. Even if you are not a musical-lover, there is something to be learnt from Wicked; in particular, that it’s okay to be different and it’s okay to be who you are.
Jersey Boys honestly at times does not feel like a stage-show at all. The documentary-style musical portrays the development, success and eventual separation of the rock ‘n’ roll band The Four Seasons. Alongside the phenomenal soundtrack, the musical is broken down into four “seasons”, each one told by a different member of the band. This musical shows the audience that success means hard work, and perhaps more importantly, that life is about the journey, not the destination.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Whether you fell in love with the 1964 Roald Dahl novel, the 1971 or the 2005 film, this musical is a must-see, because let’s be real, who doesn’t want to see a life-sized chocolate fountain? The incredible staging and props, the golden tickets, the childlike excitement and the factory of imaginations, what more could you really want? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows the story of young Charlie as he navigates his way through a world of materialism, only to come out realising that is is family that is most important.
Tayla Curry is a first-year journalism student and a lover of all things that involve water. You’ll be sure to catch her out in the ocean; in a cossie in the Summer and a wetsuit in the Winter.