Happy Independence Day: 12 shows & performers for Ameriphiles

04 Jul
Posted in: Features
Author: Ian Foster
American musicals and performers on the London stage

On the 4th of July, we're exploring #StageFaves' American connections: six musicals and six performers born in the US and onstage soon in London. How many more can you name?

6 shows to book ahead for on #IndependenceDay

There are countless American imports currently on offer in the West End and Off-West End - from long-running mega hits like Jersey Boys to new Off-Broadway transfers like Adding Machine, announced earlier today. You can find all of those in our Shows listings. 

However, to celebrate Independence Day, we've narrowed our list down to six upcoming musicals that were not only launched across the pond, but which also put American culture, history and politics centre stage.

1. American Idiot

Three disaffected young men struggle to improve their lives in and out of the American city where they've grown up. 

2. An American in Paris

At the end of the Second World War, a GI decides to stay in Europe to nurture his dreams of becoming a painter in Paris, falling in love with a mysterious woman in the process.

3. Dreamgirls

A young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois dare to dream of becoming music superstars.

4. Hamilton

The story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton brought to life in the most thrilling of ways.

5. Ragtime

At the turn of the twentieth century, the lives of African Americans, Eastern European immigrants and upper-class white suburbanites are smashed together.

6. The Fix

The machinations of the American political system are laid bare as we see just how far some people are prepared to go to get their hands on the presidency.

6 American performers treading the boards in the West End

And here are just some of the US performers currently or soon to be in the West End.

  1. Amber Riley in Dreamgirls

  2. Andy Karl in Groundhog Day

  3. Cedric Neal in Motown

  4. David Bedella in In the Heights

  5. Eva Maria Noblezada in Les Miserables

  6. Robert Fairchild in An American in Paris

Why not visit their #StageFaves' pages to wish them a happy #IndependenceDay?