Now that summer is in full swing, here is a list of my favourite summery songs from musicals new and old.
June Is Bustin’ Out All Over
It may be July, but this iconic R&H song from Carousel always reminds me of summer. It has an epic dance routine, which according to my Grandma, I used to recreate in her hallway as a young child. I luckily saw this with Lesley Garrett playing Netty… fantastic. I’m not aware of any current runs of Carousel, but grab the DVD and sing along to your hearts content.
Carnaval Del Barrio
One name in musical theatre that never fails to cause an excitement is Lin-Manuel Miranda. This electric song from Tony Award winning musical In The Heights, always makes me feel in a hot summer party mood. Unfortunately, In The Heights closed earlier this year at the Kings Cross Theatre, but for die-hard fans the great Hamilton will open in November in the newly refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre . I hope you have your tickets (I have mine).
Let the Sunshine In
There are so many iconic songs in Hair, but Let The Sunshine In obviously gives me that psychedelic 60’s summer feeling. Luckily for us, Hair is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary year this year, with the critically acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre’s immersive production transferring down to The Vaults. They performed a cracking set at West End Live recently and are sure to be a hit down in London. Stay tuned for a review of the production and tickets are available at https://www.hair50.com
Circle of Life
If this doesn’t conjure up warm summer feelings in you then I don’t know what will! Here is the official lyric video so we can finally agree on the actual words! Catch it at the Lyceum Theatre to truly appreciate the genius of Julie Taymor’s costumes. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s pricey, but sitting in the stalls gives you some truly spectacular moments in this song. Tickets available at https://www.thelionking.co.uk
A Summer in Ohio
Jason Robert Brown’s tale of two young lovers in Last Five Years, came to The Other Palace late 2016 with beautiful performances by Jonathan Bailey and Samantha Barks. A Summer in Ohio’s light, breezy melody never fails to remind me of going on holiday. For those of you not lucky enough to have seen it on stage, catch Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in the movie version… try not to cry!
Grease. Summer Nights. ‘Nuff said