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Top 10 Musicals Coming To Birmingham Theatres In 2017

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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From Wonderland To The Wedding Singer
Big-budget musicals are lined up to thrill Birmingham theatre-goers in 2017 from the legendary Miss Saigon to the soul music of The Commitments.

There are some long-awaited West End shows embarking on their first UK tours too, so Midland audiences really are set to be spoiled.

Weekend Notes has compiled an overview with a top 10 list of the best theatre shows, in no particular order, for fans of a show-stopping musical.

1. Funny Girl

There's huge anticipation for this musical as it stars award-winning Sheridan Smith.

Funny Girl, Sheridan Smith, Birmingham Hippodrome, top 10 musicals coming to Birmingham 2017
Funny Girl is one of the most exciting musicals heading to Birmingham in 2017


Coming to Birmingham Hippodrome from May 9 to 13, it follows the story of music hall singer Fanny Brice as she is catapulted to fame on Broadway. It's a musical favourite with timeless songs like People and Don't Rain On My Parade.

Funny Girl, which is renowned for making a star out of Barbra Streisand, has had huge success in London's West End and now embarks on a UK tour.

Tickets start at £22 from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

2. Wonderland

This new musical has come over from America and is dazzling audiences with a song and dance take on Alice in Wonderland.

Wonderland, top 10 musicals coming to Birmingham, New Alexandra Theatre, 2017
A musical take on Alice in Wonderland comes to Birmingham


Look out for magical, colourful, vibrant sets and costumes alongside crazy characters like the Mad Hatter at New Alexandra Theatre from February 6 to 11.

Perfect for families but be advised that the age guidance for this show is aged 9 .

Tickets cost £21.40 to £51.40 from the New Alexandra Theatre website.

3. Miss Saigon

The big summer show for Birmingham Hippodrome is the tragic love story Miss Saigon. It's based on the opera Madam Butterfly - so have plenty of hankies at the ready for this epic musical.

Miss Saigon, Birmingham Hippodrome, top 10 musicals in Birmingham 2017
Miss Saigon is the big summer show at Birmingham Hippodrome


This is Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production that revolves around young Vietnamese bar girl Kim who falls in love with an American GI just as Saigon is falling, tearing them apart.

At Birmingham Hippodrome from July 26 to September 23, tickets start at £30 from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.


4. Billy Elliot The Musical

Heartwarming musical Billy Elliot has to be one of the must-see musicals of the year in Birmingham. The multi-award winning production embarks on its first national tour after winning over crowds in London's West End.

Billy Elliot The Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome, top 10 musicals coming to Birmingham 2017
Billy Elliot was a sensation in London's West End


With music by Elton John and an array of big, impressive dance routines, Billy Elliot the Musical is at Birmingham Hippodrome in the Spring of 2017 from March 7 to April 29.

Based on the popular film starring Julie Walters and Jamie Bell, the audience follows talented northern ballet dancer Bill in the 1989's while his family cope with the struggles of the miners' strike.

Emotive, dynamic and with fabulous dancing, it's a show that is sure to impress.

Tickets cost from £25 from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

5. The Wedding Singer

Another popular film that has transferred to stage, The Wedding Singer aims to capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film.

Wedding singer, new Alexandra theatre Birmingham,
Go back to the 1980's with The Wedding Singer


Starring Ruth Madoc from Hi-de-Hi, Ray Quinn, X Factor's Cassie Compton and Waterloo Road's Roxanne Pallett, The Wedding Singer will be at New Alexandra Theatre from May 23 to 27.

This comedy is set in 1985, so expect plenty of retro neon costumes and big hair as the story sees New Jersey wedding singer Robbie Hart struggle with his job after getting dumped by his fiancée at the altar.

Bringing misery to the weddings he's performing at, Robbie's only hope of getting back to normal, and believing in love again, is through his friendship with the sweet natured Julia.

If you are thinking of taking children, there is parental guidance advised due to the occasional use of strong language.

Tickets cost £20 to £53 from the New Alexandra Theatre website.

6. Thoroughly Modern Millie

Starring Strictly Come Dancing professional Joanne Clifton, this musical set in the roaring 1920's is a frantic song and dance sensation.

Joanne Clifton, thoroughly modern millie, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, top musicals in Birmingham 2017
Strictly dancer Joanne Clifton plays Millie


Be prepared for some thrilling big dance numbers as it won six Tony Awards, including best musical.

The show comes to Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre from February 13 to 18.

Alongside Joanne will be former EastEnders actress Michelle Collins playing evil Mrs Meers in the crime caper about young independent women, or flapper girls, going missing in New York.

Tickets cost £17.50 to £48.50 from the New Alexandra Theatre website.

7. La Cage aux Folles

There's a well known cast for this dazzling musical, also known as The Birdcage.

La cage aux folles, Malvern theatres, top 10 musicals at Birmingham theatres 2017
Songs like I Am What I Am have made La Cage aux Folles a favourite


EastEnders' actor John Partridge and Adrian Zmed, who starred as Officer Vince Romano in TV show T.J Hooker, lead the cast, which also includes singer Marti Webb.

The dazzling show including songs The Best of Times, Song on the Sand and I Am What I Am will be at Malvern Festival Theatre from February 7 to 11.

With the backdrop of a glamorous nightclub, the story follows drag artiste Albin and his lover in Georges St Tropez whose lives are turned upside down when Georges' son Jean-Michel becomes engaged to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician.

Tickets cost from £29.12 to £48.16 from the Malvern Theatres website.


8. The Commitments

Starring Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts), The Commitments musical is billed as a feel-good celebration of soul.

The commitments, Birmingham new Alexandra theatre, top 10 musicals coming to Birmingham 2017
Soul classics feature throughout musical The Commitments


The show has been created from the novel by Booker prize winning author Roddy Doyle and based on the hugely popular film.

It tours after two successful years in London's West End and will be at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre from March 13 to 18.

There's a blistering live soundtrack of soul songs including Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone and Mustang Sally.

Tickets cost £21.90 to £52.90 from the Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre website.


9. Tommy

Written by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, this rock opera is based on The Who's 1969 concept album and will be at Birmingham Repetory Theatre (The Rep) from May 17 to 27.

Tommy, top 10 musicals in Birmingham 2017, The Who, rock musical, Birmingham Repetory Theatre, The Rep
Classic music from The Who in Tommy


It's a big budget show that also featured additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon and a cast of 22 performers and musician.

Tommy follows the story of a pinball-playing deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities. The show will feature a creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation to enhance the experience for everyone.

Tickets cost from £15 from the Birmingham Rep website.


10. The Addams Family

They're creepy and they're kooky... Stepping out from TV and on to the stage is this latest theatre adaptation, The Addams Family.

The Addams family musical, Birmingham hippodrome, top 10 musicals coming to Birmingham theatres
Creepy and crawly songs and comedy with The Addams Family


The show has transferred over from Broadway in New York and features all the favourite characters from the programme but a few years on when Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a normal human being.

At Birmingham Hippodrome from June 6 to 10, the show has an age guidance of 12 as it contains some strong language and sexual themes.

Tickets cost from £17 from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

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