Music is a window to the soul, a joyous occasion that gets your feet tapping and your hearts throbbing. There are so many emotions attached with music that whether it is a newborn baby, a rebellious teenager, or an old retiree, nothing brings the kind of comfort that music does. Musical events take place across the world, entertaining audiences with beautiful sounds and amazing compilations.
From the traditional beats of drums that are part of any South Asian country’s cultural festivities to the street performers in Europe, and to Canada’s music festivals, no matter what part of the world you are in, music will fill your ears with happiness and joy. Broadway though adds the element of drama to music in a fantastic manner. The acting, the costumes, the lighting, and to top it all, the singing, each part adds to the overall production which is a spectacle to be cherished.
Thriller – Live
What can be better than the perfect amalgamation of theatre and the “King of Pop” than his life getting a musical makeover in the form of Thriller – Live? London’s Lyric Theatre plays host to a story that traces the rise of Michael Jackson from a shy boy starting a musical career with his brothers in the Jackson 5 to his phenomenal rise as one of the greatest legends of music. The musical is a delight for the eyes and ears that goes all the way till the end of his life in 2009. The show finishes with a magnificent recreation of Thriller, arguably Jackson’s best song ever. Thriller – Live is an essential watch for all Jackson fans, but also for the Millennials who might have missed out on his music that ruled the charts for decades on end.
The power of imagination is fantastic. For the audience, watching a show can consist of various adventures. The story of a musical can be something wholly new or as in the case of Lion King based on a famous animation. However, with Wicked the audience is in for a surprise as they get a sense of familiarity since the story revolves around the witches from The Wizard of Oz. The musical then goes off tangent and looks at how one of the witches ended up being called a “Good Witch” while the other as the “Wicked Witch”. Playing at the legendary Apollo Victoria, Wicked takes inspiration from the novel by Gregory Maguire.
School of Rock
Playing at the New London Theatre, School of Rock follows a merry band of students led by a “failing” rocker, who poses as a substitute teacher, break the ceiling and rise against all the odds to take part in the Battle of the Bands competition. Based on Jack Black’s film, the West End musical had actual teachers of the cast members in tears after seeing their splendid performance. Incorporating the talents of young kids and some incredible rock numbers, this is one show that is perfect for the whole family to cherish together. On top of that, it celebrates the power of music in the best way possible, through extraordinary acting, bright lights, colourful costumes, and of course foot tapping sounds.