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Upcoming Musicals From Now to New Year

You like the musical? Then maybe you're going to like these ones.
2023-11-21 12:00:00

"The Sound of Music," a timeless Broadway classic born in 1959, is nearing its 65th anniversary. This beloved musical has captivated audiences globally, boasting over 4,000 performances in New York and London's West End, and even snagging a Guinness record for audience numbers. It's more than just a musical; it's a treasure trove of memories across generations. From its award-sweeping albums and films to TV specials, "The Sound of Music" has conquered the Tony, Grammy, Oscar, and Emmy awards. Now, this iconic production is making its way to Shanghai, directed by the renowned Jack O’Brien. Mark your calendars for November 22 to December 3, and get ready to revisit the hills that are alive with music!

"The Last Five Years," a poignant musical dive into the intricacies of love and ambition, is coming to Shanghai. This show unravels the five-year romance between Jamie Wellerstein, an aspiring novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. Its storytelling is a clever dance of time: Jamie's narrative moves forward, while Cathy's tale unwinds backward. Premiering in Chicago in 2001, this musical has been celebrated for its emotional depth and intimate portrayal of young New Yorkers navigating love's ups and downs. The original West End production from Garrick Theatre will be gracing Shanghai from November 29 to December 3. Tickets are a steal, ranging from 180rmb to 680rmb – a small price for a journey through love's complex timeline.

From Dec 7 until Dec 10

Musical: Once

"Once," the enchanting musical adaptation of John Carney's 2007 film, is set to sweep Shanghai off its feet. This heartwarming show, featuring the Academy Award-winning song "Falling Slowly," is a testament to the transformative power of music. Bringing the magic from London's West End, the Shanghai stage will come alive with Arthur Darvill and Ines De Clercq portraying the captivating duo, Guy and Girl. Get ready to be immersed in a musical experience that's both deeply affecting and beautifully crafted. Catch this unmissable show at Shanghai Culture Square from December 7 to 10 – a perfect blend of cinema and stage, where music weaves its own story.

Get ready, Shanghai! The Asian premiere of the Broadway sensation "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" by Dave Malloy is finally here. Opening at New Bund 31 Theater on January 13, 2024, this show is a must-see. Hailed by The New York Times as the best new musical since "Hamilton," it's a theatrical masterpiece. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design and a nominee in 12 categories, this production offers a daringly modern twist on Tolstoy's "War and Peace." Its eclectic score blends indie rock, pop, folk, electronic dance, and classic Broadway. Experience this boundary-pushing spectacle in English, complete with Chinese subtitles, for a truly unforgettable theatrical journey.

Welcome the New Year with a touch of Russian literary magic at Shanghai Culture Square! "Onegin's Demon," an original Russian musical, is set to make its debut, offering a fresh and enchanting adaptation of Pushkin's timeless masterpiece. This rendition of Onegin stands out with its heightened emotionality, contemporary flair, and a hint of enchantment. It's a modern twist on a classic tale, promising to captivate audiences with its blend of drama, romance, and the mystical. Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience a beloved Russian story reimagined for the modern stage.

"Matilda The Musical," the Royal Shakespeare Company's multi-award-winning gem, returns to Shanghai after four years! Based on Roald Dahl's cherished book, this musical narrates the tale of young, book-loving Matilda as she navigates a world of shallow, cruel family members and a tyrannical school principal. It's a story of resilience, imagination, and triumph against the odds. This captivating production is set to light up the Shanghai Grand Theater from December 29. With ticket prices ranging from 180rmb to 1,280rmb, it's a magical experience within reach. The show runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission, perfect for an enchanting family evening out. Don't miss this delightful blend of mischief, wit, and empowerment!

"Mozart L'Opéra Rock," the sensational French musical with music by Dove Attia, is set to dazzle Shanghai Grand Theater audiences in a Chinese-language edition. Produced by Sevenages and original producers Dove Attia and Albert Cohen, this show is an electrifying dramatization of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life, from his prodigious beginnings at 17 to his untimely death at 35. It's a contemporary retelling of the classical genius's story, uniquely blending original pop-rock compositions with classical masterpieces by Mozart and others, including Antonio Salieri. With ticket prices ranging from 180 to 1,180rmb, this is your chance to experience a modern twist on the life and music of one of history's greatest composers. The show runs from December 1 to December 3 – a must-see for music and theatre lovers alike!