After the agonising task of whittling down all my favourite musicals to my top 10, I realised that there are some that I really haven’t enjoyed. It must be just as important to share that information with you, as there’s nothing worse than being vaguely disappointed by something that you have gone a long way and paid a lot of money to see.
Obviously theatre is very subjective, and I’m sure you’ll love some of those on this list so I’m going to explain exactly why I didn’t enjoy this one.
Don’t think it will bother you? Then give it a try!
5. Legally Blonde
This is definitely the hardest musical to put on the list. I did enjoy the musical, but I felt like they could have done so much more with it. Some of the songs are good, like the title song ‘Legally Blonde’, which I still find myself singing every now and then. But when you have the genius of the Reese Witherspoon movie to adapt, could it not have been better?
Why should you go anyway? It’s perfect for a girls night out with an easy-to-follow story line.
4. Jersey Boys
You might notice that I’m not a huge fan of jukebox musicals after reading this list! Jersey Boys is widely regarded as the best of the bunch. While I did enjoy it, and the monologues at the end were really impressive, it was a bit underwhelming.
Why should you go anyway? If you want to go and see a play that has a bit of music in it, because it definitely feels a lot more like that than a traditional musical.
3. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
I was absolutely desperate to see this when I was in New York after being obsessed with the Spider-Man films while growing up. The characters flying over the audience’s heads in impressively choreographed fight routines was very cool, but the slow script couldn’t make up for it. It was like the whole audience sighed every time there was yet another slow song about feelings we already knew about.
Why should you go anyway? Sadly it has left Broadway now, but it would be the perfect musical for excitable kids – just make sure they don’t get too bored during the less exciting songs.
2. Motown the Musical
I was really looking forward to seeing this after going to Memphis a few months before, as they’re set in a similar era with the same style of music. But this musical has barely any story line. Instead, it’s more of an exercise into how many songs can be squeezed into two acts, without much thought about the relevance to the plot.
Why should you go anyway? If you want a good old sing along to some of Motown’s classic songs. It’s a great one to take the parents or grandparents to and they’ll leave feeling all nostalgic.
1. Phantom of the Opera
I didn’t like it because it didn’t feel like a love story at all. I can imagine that when it first started showing the ‘forbidden love’ could have seemed quite exciting, but times have changed and now the Phantom is creepy and actually a bit of a misogynist. I found that it was more unintentionally funny than romantic.
Why should you go anyway? If you want to see the West End’s longest running musical ever, then it can’t be missed. I’m still glad I went to see if it lived up to the hype or not.
This list was genuinely really difficult as I’ve loved nearly every musical I’ve seen! For a more optimistic list, head over to my best musicals of all time list.
Don’t agree with some of these? Which musicals would you always avoid? Tell me in the comments!