The power of the musical

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So Disney’s The Lion King has defied all expectations to take £38.6 million in 2012 – breaking its own West End box office record for the eighth consecutive year.

But why are we so surprised? In hard times, isn’t it inevitable that we turn to musicals – they lift us up, make us feel good and, crucially, offer an escape from the economic doom and gloom that swirls all around us.

 

The Lion King

Musicals offer hope: of a better life, a better world. And they’re back in fashion. It’s not just the theatre where the song and dance show is doing well. Musicals are also putting bums on seats in the cinemas – witness the excitement surrounding the recent big screen release of Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe.

Plenty of people – particularly high cultured types who have a tendency to frequent straight theatre or the opera – knock musicals. And it’s easy to do so: they can be unutterably cheesey. But they’re also, I would argue, the purest form of theatre.

 

The Jersey Boys

 

If you’re not a musical man, chances are you just haven’t found the right musical for you which is where the Evening Standard’s Get Into London Theatre’ can help. Let It Be, The Lion King, Kiss Me Kate, my favourite, The Jersey Boys and many more are all offering amazing deals for performances upto and including 15 February with tickets priced at just £10, £15, £25 and £35 (and to save you even more money, there are no booking or postage fees!)

So stop being a snob and go ahead and break out into song and dance. In the process, you’ll put a smile on your face and those around you – guaranteed.

 

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