I've been to a lot of theatre shows over the years; i adore going to the theatre, the atmosphere and seeing everything come to life on stage just makes me so happy. Obviously, there is still a lot of shows that i haven't seen but i thought I'd share with you some of the shows I've really loved and that i think everyone should go see!
**Disclaimer** This is my personal opinion, i respect that not all of these shows will appeal to every person. These are just shows i enjoyed so much, i think everyone should see them.
For me, Blood Brothers was quite possibly the most intense and moving show I've seen so far. If your unfamiliar with the story its about Mrs Johnston who is now a single mother with another set of twins on the way, already struggling financially she makes a deal with her childless employer to give her one of the twins. It follows the life of the twins as they grow up, meeting as youngsters completely unaware that they're brothers - they become best friends and declare themselves blood brothers. It follows there lives from childhood to adulthood and we see how the difference in backgrounds has reflected their lives. It's one of those shows that takes you on such an emotional journey - it's hilarious at times and then there are parts (especially towards the end) that's completely heartbreaking. I'm pretty sure when i went watching this, there was very few people with dry eyes.
I've seen both the West End version and the National UK tour of Sister Act; I personally preferred the West End show but they are both really enjoyable. If you don't know the story of Sister Act - then shame on you, it's the musical version of the amazing film with Whoopi Goldberg. Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime and has to go into hiding from a high profile 'gangster'/criminal and goes undercover in a convent as Sister Mary Clarence. It's a really funny and feel good show and if you like the film, you will love this show. It has such a catchy soundtrack - the only downside is that it doesn't have the same songs as the film but it's brilliant all the same.
This is another intense show to watch and it's very quick paced so it's quite easy to get lost but i found this really interesting to watch. It's follows the aftermath of September 9/11 and how it's affected three particular people - Johnny, Will and Tunny. It's not the easiest of shows to explain so i apologise if i confuse you but Johnny and Tunny escape their hometown and move to the city whilst Will stays in Jingletown with his pregnant girlfriend. Struggling to settle in their new urban lifestyle, Tunny enlists in the Army and Johnny turns to heroin. It's a very full on show and a lot happens, all to the soundtrack of Green Day's American Idiot album. This is a show i think you need to go into with an open mind, i don't think it will be for everyone but i really enjoyed it.
I went to see Jersey Boys twice in the same week so if that doesn't say something i don't know what will. Jersey Boys is all about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, it follows their rise to fame and features all of their wonderful songs. I found that the start of the show was a little slow but once it kicks in, it's amazing - it's so fast paced and it's so good, i really want to go watch it again.
The Full Monty
This show had me smiling from start to finish and not just because of the nudity (that helped though) - this was such a fun and upbeat show. I'm sure you know the story of this but if not, The Full Monty tells the story of six unemployed men who decided to form a stripping group to earn some extra cash and so that Gaz will be able to see his son. Thanks to Gaz, this stripping groups selling point is that they do the Full Monty and go all the way. It was hilarious and it's the perfect girls night out type of show.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture is quite possibly my absolutely favourite show and the one I'd recommend the most. It's very tongue in cheek and a little dirty so it won't suit everyons humour but i love it. I went to see it back in Feb and i loved it so much that when i found out they were coming back to Liverpool, i booked so more tickets - sadly that show got cancelled halfway through but it is honestly one of the best shows I've seen. I don't really know how to explain the story to anyone that's not familiar with it because it is very bizarre - Brad and Janet stumble upon an eerie castle owned by Dr Frank 'n' Furter a Transvestite Scientist, after they get a flat tyre. They spend the night there where all their innocence is lost and they encounter an array of interesting characters. The thing i enjoy the most about this show is that there's a lot of audience interaction, sometimes people in the audience get all dressed up and it's just such an amazing atmosphere.
So those are the 6 shows i think everyone must go see at some point - there are still so many shows i want to go see, so who knows this list could be completely different next year!
What are you favourite theatre shows?