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Coming in hot! Must-see London musicals in 2024

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Delve into the upcoming London musicals set to grace the West End stage in 2024!

Explore what West End has in store for 2024. We've gathered an eagerly anticipated list of London musicals ready to take the stage in the new year.

1. Bronco Billy - The Musical

Making its debut in Los Angeles in 2019, Bronco Billy draws inspiration from the 1980 Western film, a project led by Clint Eastwood both as its star and director. The narrative unfolds in the Wild West, following a band of performers whose world is disrupted when their leader crosses paths with a runaway heiress. The UK premiere features a stellar cast, including Emily Benjamin as Antoinette, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Constance, and Tarinn Callender in the titular role. Catch the performance at Charing Cross Theatre from January 23 to April 7.

2. The Devil Wears Prada

Following its world premiere in Chicago in 2022, The Devil Wears Prada is set to grace our stages from next summer. With a musical score crafted by Elton John (Tammy Faye) and Shaina Taub (Suffs), the production, helmed by director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), unfolds the tale of Andy and her experiences at a renowned fashion magazine under the reign of an iconically infamous boss. Catch the show at Theatre Royal Plymouth from July 6 to August 17, and later at Dominion Theatre starting from October 24.

3. Priscilla The Party

Once an Oscar-winning film, later transformed into a Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning musical, and now an unforgettable celebration! Launching in March 2024 at HERE @ Outernet, Tottenham Court Road, Priscilla The Party! is a groundbreaking immersive reinterpretation of the beloved and iconic musical. Retaining its heartwarming narrative of inclusion and acceptance and boasting the quintessential disco soundtrack, this innovative production positions the audience at the center of the excitement—directly on the dance floor. The unfolding action immerses you in London's newest and most spectacular high-tech entertainment venue.

4. Just For One Day

The Old Vic invites you on a captivating journey behind the scenes of one of the most monumental events in music history. In the world premiere musical, Just for One Day, witness the creation of Live Aid, where 70 artists generously performed in London or Philadelphia to raise funds for famine relief. Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience featuring iconic songs from legends like David Bowie, Bob Dylan, U2, Queen, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bryan Adams, Diana Ross, and many more. With a compelling script by John O’Farrell (Mrs Doubtfire) and the skilled direction of Luke Sheppard (& Juliet), catch this extraordinary production at The Old Vic from January 26 to March 30.

5. Mean Girls

Undoubtedly the most anticipated musical of 2024, Mean Girls is set to make a splash in the West End after its 2017 premiere in Washington DC and subsequent 2018 Broadway transfer. The wait is finally over to welcome The Plastics to the London stage, featuring a book by Tina Fey and beloved numbers like “Revenge Party” and “Apex Predator.” Don't miss the chance to experience this fetch production at the Savoy Theatre starting from June 5. Additionally, get ready for Tina Fey's movie musical adaptation, hitting UK cinemas from January 19!

6. MJ The Musical

Anticipation for the UK premiere of MJ The Musical was already high, but the announcement that Myles Frost would be reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Michael Jackson in the London production has us joyfully moonwalking. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (The Secret Life of Bees), the show unfolds during rehearsals for the 1992 Dangerous world tour and is set to kick off in the West End next spring at the Prince Edward Theatre, starting from March 6.

7. Cirque Du Soleil: Alegría

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Cirque du Soleil's iconic classic, Alegría, has been brilliantly reinvented for a new era. Alegría: In a New Light ignites the stage with fiery batons, an immersive visual spectacle, groundbreaking circus artistry, and a breathtaking finale at London's Royal Albert Hall, but catch it during this strictly limited season! Immerse yourself in this enchanting world of acrobatic opulence.

8. Rehab The Musical

Following its successful run at The Playground Theatre last year, Rehab the Musical is set to make its debut at West End's Neon 194 in January 2024. This humor-infused musical addresses the serious themes of mental health, fame, and addiction with a blend of warmth, compassion, humor, and heart. Featuring Keith Allen (known for Robin Hood and A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story), book your spot to witness the compelling Rehab the Musical.

9. Hadestown

The voyage to the West End, involving a descent to the underworld, spanned over 17 years for creator Anaïs Mitchell and her team. Originating in Vermont in 2006, the production has undergone various iterations, gracing stages in Massachusetts, off-Broadway, Edmonton, London, and Broadway, before fianlly being set to arrive at West End's Lyric Theatre on February 10, 2024. Prepare to immerse yourself in the intricate love story of Orpheus and Eurydice set in a post-apocalyptic world.

10. Lost in Music

The most anticipated night of the year is returning! Brace yourself for an even bigger rendition of Lost In Music! This is the talk of the town – a spectacular recreation of the enchanting 70s, taking you on a musical odyssey deep into the soul of disco, at the Adelphi Theatre. Experience the magic once again, reliving timeless hits from iconic artists like Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge, and Chic.

11. Shrek The Musical

The West End is now filled with Shrek magic as Shrek The Musical takes the stage in London! Embark on a daring quest with Donkey and Shrek to rescue the cursed yet beautiful Princess Fiona from a castle guarded by a fearsome fire-breathing dragon. This is the tale of what unfolds when unconventional characters put their twist on fairy tales. Set aside expectations of Hollywood endings and traditional storybook narratives – this Shrek-tastic stage adaptation of the beloved film is right here at London's Eventim Apollo!

Be sure to check out our guide on the seating plan for West End theatres!