Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Help! I need advice on what musical to see in London.

Help! I need advice on what musical to see in London.

Jan 30th, 2001, 09:57 AM
  #1  
Chris
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Help! I need advice on what musical to see in London.

I'm considering Notre Dame de Paris, Lion King, La Cava, Les Miserables, Napoleon and Witches of Eastwick. I'm generally more into the visual spectacle than the music. Phantom is my favorite musical thus far. Any suggestions appreciated.
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 10:04 AM
  #2  
jhm
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Haven't seen many of those, but I would definitely recommend Lion King first and foremost for visual spectacle, Les Mis second.
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 10:15 AM
  #3  
ron
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
La Cava and Napoleon are closing this Saturday, Feb 3, so that should make your choice easier. The Beautiful Game is the only currently playing musical I have seen, but it is mostly about music and book, not spectacle.
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 10:54 AM
  #4  
sara
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Les Miserables is definatley the best musical, Lion King is excellent - if you can get tickets!. Both very visualy stunnning.
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 11:14 AM
  #5  
Lori
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
When are you going? If you want to make definate plans for a particularl show on a particular day you may need to buy tickets well in advance (I do and use TicketmasterUK). We've seen Mamma Mia (not spectacle tho) and loved it, will see it again in April, also seeing Witches of Eastwick and The King & I then. We saw Lion King in London last year and did not like it - too Disney-ish for us I guess, altho the costumes were nice. Les Mis is always a good bet too. How about Starlight Express???? That might fit your visial spectacle criteria as well.
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 11:23 AM
  #6  
Chris
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thanks everyone, I'll be there in late Feb. of this year. Is Lion King entertaining for adults, or primarily targeted for kids? Les Mis. is interesting per it's rep., however, he do people compare it to Phantom?
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 11:45 AM
  #7  
ron
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Given your dates, maybe you will have to scratch Witches of Eastwick as well. It closes Feb 24 at Drury and reopens Mar 23 at Prince of Wales.
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 11:52 AM
  #8  
jhm
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Lion King is not just for kids. It is fabulous. The plot of Les Mis is better, and the music is more similar to Phantom (although MUCH better), and has the same tragic love story element as Phantom. Lion King's music is different, the best parts are the incorporation of African choral music into the Elton John score.
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 06:17 PM
  #9  
TT
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Go with Lion King if you can.
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 07:50 PM
  #10  
Joan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
We saw Lion King last summer with our 2 teenagers. We loved it and so did they!!
 
Jan 30th, 2001, 08:41 PM
  #11  
xxx
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Such a cynic I am, apparently...

Is this really a travel question?

Is there some message board you go to ask what movie to go see on a Saturday night?
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 05:57 AM
  #12  
kate
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Unless you live in London, then of course it's a travel question, you miserable git. Didn't realise we were restricted to hotel choices and airfare enquiries.
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 06:07 AM
  #13  
Judy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thanks for clarifying! You made me smile! He/she is a git?(miserable too). ;-) Judy
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 07:21 AM
  #14  
Linda
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Chris:

What to see depends on what you want out of your evening.

If you want to have fun and feel good, don't miss Momma Mia. What a hoot!

Witches of Eastwick was very good if it is playing while you are there. The Lion King was well done and would be entertaining to all ages.

Have fun!
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 07:32 AM
  #15  
Tom
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mamma Mia is a riot. Caveat is only go if you are a fan of Abba's music. Had fun seeing it last September and intend on seeing it in the states in 2001.
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 07:55 AM
  #16  
Susan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Tom, I disagree with your caveat on Mamma Mia! I saw it here in Toronto at New Years and loved it! I've never been an ABBA fan, but it's hard to believe that the songs weren't written for the play. It's a lot of fun.

Also loved the Lion King here in Toronto. The staging is incredible - it really is a visual spectacle.
 
Feb 1st, 2001, 10:15 AM
  #17  
Sue
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Question: Why did MG (miserable git) even check this posting if "it" wasn't interested in it?
 
Feb 4th, 2001, 01:31 PM
  #18  
Royston
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi Chris
Mamma Mia fabulous, also Buddy and recently swaw the King & I, all worth the effort. Get booking for Mamma Mia now
enjoy
Royston
 
Feb 4th, 2001, 01:47 PM
  #19  
Elise
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
For visual I would say Lion King, it is very good. For an all round fantastic show I would have to say Les Mis. I just saw it for the first time on Wednesday and it's now in it's 16th year running!! It is fantastic. A woman behind me cried her eyes out, it is a very moving, very special show.
 
Feb 4th, 2001, 05:04 PM
  #20  
susan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I'm hoping to travel to London from Philadelphia, USA, in June,01. Will only have 4 days and am looking for pointers- Need a nice but reasonable hotel within walking distance of major sites- also reasonable places to eat- pubs and such. Thanks for any help.
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:19 PM.