EDINBURGH 2017: Pick Of The Programme - Musicals
With hundreds of musicals to choose from at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BroadwayWorld reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue has narrowed down her top picks from the musicals section of the programme.
From the Tony Award-winning writers of Memphis comes the story of Toxie, a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match - out to save New Jersey, end global warming, win the heart of his beloved and get home in time for dinner. Prior to a London run at the Arts Theatre, see the acclaimed rock musical dubbed 'an intoxicating blast of fun' by the Telegraph that received six Off West End Award nominations, including Best Musical. Prepare to laugh, scream and sing in this five-star, toxic love story with an environmental twist.
Winner of the 2016 Eddies Award, the sell-out hit Buzz returns: a hilarious musical journey through the history of the vibrator and a brutally honest story of a singleton's quest to fall back in love with herself. Sex ed just got a revamp.
From the producers of the five-star hits Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho, How to Win Against History and Dizney Rascal, Prom Kween is a coming-of-age satire for those who hit that age years ago. A musical for any kid who took their glasses off and still didn't look pretty. Any kid who questioned what it meant to be beautiful. It's a story of falling in love with who you are. Think Grease meets Drag Race meets a Trump rally with sequins. Lots of sequins.
A dark, comic pop-opera by Irvine Welsh and Don De Grazia. Featuring the original Chicago cast and a wide-ranging original score by Laurence Mark Wythe. Paul Brenner's songwriting class is a cross-section of the Chicago music scene, with all its incestuous dysfunction, navel-gazing narcissism, bitterness and occasional brilliance. When former student, pop star Sean O'Neil, visits this group of musicians to judge a contest, the stakes are suddenly raised to new levels when both revenge and jealousies come to the fore.
A fun, silly and sad show for anyone whose brain isn't always on their side. Sally's a happy person. She doesn't let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she's got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn't the person she wants to be... But she doesn't want anyone to know about it. Written by Jon Brittain (Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky and Mannish), the show mixes storytelling, live music and sketch comedy.
The full Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 programme is available at www.edfringe.com