What was the last great West End musical?

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Hey Londoners - curious to know what your opinion on this. My impression is that, in general--though not always--New York is better at producing strong musical theatre. Whether or not you agree with that, what would you say was the last great--not good, not servicable, not had-really-great-scenery-and-a-couple-of-pleasant-songs--but truly great musical production to originate on the West End/London? Revivals are fine. They just shouldn't be transfers from Broadway.

I saw Guys and Dolls in the West End in 2005/6 and found nearly every aspect of the production thrillingly brought to life by a wickedly talented cast.
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Don't have to go back too far - last year's West End production of Merrily We Roll Along was about as good as a musical EVER gets.
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What Bob said.
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In terms of new musicals, 'Billy Elliot'. Some might say 'Matilda'- I wouldn't.
Phantom of London
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If you are talking about great musicals Billy Elliot and then Les Miserables.

Broadway hasn't done anything great since My Fair Lady.
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thespian geek
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That's a matter of opinion, isn't it? I've seen a few pretty great musicals (I think) on Broadway since I started traveling to NYC 8 1/2 years ago.
Definitely Matilda and Billy Elliot. The Menier production of Merrily (although I only saw it at the Menier and at the cinema). Sweeney Todd with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. Putting It Together at the St James Theatre.
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Broadway hasn't done anything great since My Fair Lady.

Did you not see Light in the Piazza!?!
That's right! Underscore mother-fu@#ers!
thespian geek
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Cats, you completely read my mind.


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