We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2018 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2019 so far and what’s to come. Eugenius, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Groundhog Day are previous winners in this category.
- Read on for our top 5 best new musicals of 2019 so far and our hopes for the next half year
We said: ‘Come From Away is a big, warm hug of a musical about how kindness can heal division and make the world a better place. It’s already a hit on Broadway and will, no doubt, run and run in London’s West End.’
2. Leave To Remain, Lyric, Hammersmith Review
We said: ‘We think this deserves a much wider audience and a West End transfer.’
We said: ‘We’re reminded of the best girl groups like Little Mix and Spice Girls by the interplay of the wives and by how the women are stronger together by the end. We guarantee you’ll be headed home humming the hits with a smile across your face.’
We said: ‘It’s exactly the kind of show that is both so entertaining and thought-provoking that you just don’t want the spell it casts to be over quite yet.’
We said: ‘Fat Rascal is doing for musical theatre what Phoebe Waller-Bridge is doing for comedy (Fleabag) and thrillers (Killing Eve). That is re-inventing them by having women at their heart and playing with familiar stereotypes.’