AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best musical shortlist of 2017 so far

We awarded 12 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2016 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2017 so far and what’s to come. Funny Girl and Groundhog Day are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our favourite musicals of 2017 so far and our hopes for the next half year

Co-writer Dan Gillespie Sells (The Feeling) has teased on Twitter that this 5* show, which premiered in Sheffield earlier this year, is London-bound. We’re still playing his CD version of the songs, especially the unforgettable The Legend Of Loco Chanel (And The Blood Red Dress). Glorious. UPDATE 21/6: JAMIE TRANSFERS TO THE APOLLO IN LONDON’S WEST END IN NOVEMBER: Tickets

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Star John Partridge made our best actor shortlist for this touring show which runs through August. Tickets

This 20th anniversary touring production of Rent was perhaps most notable for including this year’s Eurovision entrant Lucie Jones.

We shortlisted Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom last year, which Sharon D. Clarke bossedand here she was at her best and surrounded by a fine ensemble at the Southwark Playhouse.

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Returning to London 30 years after its debut, 42nd Street promised to be the biggest spectacle in town – and didn’t disappoint.

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We’re losing our minds at the casting of Imelda Staunton, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee together in Follies at the National from August (tickets)  and Young Frankenstein at the Garrick looks like it might be lots of fun from September (tickets).

  • Check out our tips and hopes in each of the remaining 11 categories on this site over the rest of the summer
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One comment

  1. LARRAINE JOSEPHINE POTTER · 9 Days Ago

    JOHN PARTRIDGE,AND THE CAST OF LA CAGE AUX FOLLES,DESERVE AN AWARD FOR THE FACT THAT HE PUTS HIS HEART AND SOUL INTO THE CHARACTERS HE PLAYS OF ALBIN AND ZAZA,MATINEES AND NIGHTLY SHOWS TO THOUSANDS THAT TURN OUT TO SEE THIS MUSICAL SHOW,WITH STANDING OVATIONS OF APPRECIATED CROWDS OF EVERY THEATRE THEY TOUR AT.THE GLIZTS THE GLAMOUS OUTFITS,AND THE MUSICAL SONGS,AND THE FACT IT`S SO FUNNY MAKES A FUN SHOW TO SEE.I`VE SEEN IT TWICE SO FAR,YET I`M ALWAYS WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN,I WOULD SAY HE`S OUTSTANDING PERFORMER THAT SHOWS GREAT SHOWMANSHIP IN ALL THAT HE DOES IN LIVE THEATRE.

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