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A century of song : 2010s

In preparation for featuring her favourite shows, Lily introduces her first decade of the century of song - the 2010s!


Featuring Waitress and Newsies

A brief introduction

By the beginning of the 2010s, the success of revivals on the musical scene led to show-stopping versions of well-known popular culture such as The Addams Family and Matilda. The biggest hit of the decade without a doubt was Hamilton, based on the life of the American founding father, which reignited excitement for original musicals with queues of fans desperate to grab a ticket.

Notable Musical Mentions

Shows inspired by films

During the 2010s, film-inspired musicals flooded the musicals market, making the transition from screen to stage, as audiences lapped up familiar stories and characters brought to life a fresh way. Although the stories were familiar, many composers took the opportunity to embellish these well-loved stories with scores that brought them to the attention of the original film fans and new musical lovers alike.

A few examples include recent West End hit, Heathers, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dogfight, written by the genius' behind the Greatest Showman, Pasek and Paul and Elf the musical, based on the Christmas family movie.

Shows inspired by real-life events

Another inspiration behind the musicals of this decade was real-life historical events. The one with the biggest impact and reach was Hamilton, written by Lin Manuel Miranda. Drawing on many contemporary styles of music - rap, R & B and hip hop - not common in other musicals, it got the attention of non-musical lovers, making original musicals exciting again for a new generation of young people. In the colour-blind casting of the Founding Fathers, it reached many minorities who don't often feel represented and since its premiere, it has been loved by critics and audiences alike.

Come from Away, which has also caught the public imagination, tells the story of what happened in Newfoundland in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, when 38 planes had to unexpectedly land. Its' catchy tunes and unusual folk sound has excited and inspired audiences with the kindness of strangers in the darkest times.

Shows inspired by bands

Following on from the success of shows such as Mamma Mia! and We Will Rock You, in the 2010s, a number of shows were inspired by the music and story behind bands and pop artists - past and present. Audiences loved hearing their favourite pop music on stage as part of a story and seeing the songs in a completely different way. A few examples are Beautiful, the Carole King musical, Sunny Afternoon, based on the music of the Kinks, and Jagged Little Pill, based on the Alanis Morissette album of the same name.

Satirical shows

Book of Mormon changed the way that shows were marketed forever by using audience tweets prominently on billboards. Created by the same team behind South Park, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, the show made different generations cringe or laugh out loud with its satire on the beliefs and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Join me in “my own little corner” of the internet next time as I explore my first featured musical from 2010s - the Sara Bareilles musical with baking at its heart, Waitress. See you next matinee day!