West End Wendy
Are Shows The New Shoes?

This is one for the girls… And some guys too!

My Carrie Bradshaw comment on Twitter yesterday got me thinking about shoes. Like many I know, I am a self confessed shoe addict. I can’t last a shopping trip without cooing over one pair of shoes or another. Similarly, though, I can’t walk through the West End without squeeing over a show or two. So, if shows were shoes, what shoes would they be? Here’s a few of my ideas…

Let’s start with the créme de le créme of shoes. The well crafted, expensive ones that make you flinch as you hand over your credit card. You know it will be worth it, though. I would put two of London’s longest running musicals in this category - Les Miserables and The Phantom Of The Opera. On seeing these shows, you know why they have both run in excess of ten years in London. I saw Les Miserables a couple of years ago at the Queen’s theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue and I was taken aback by everything from the phenomenal talent of those on the stage to the lights and the set. It was definitely worth every single penny. I haven’t seen The Phantom Of the Opera (I know… I know… Bad Wendy!) but a good friend of mine assures me that it is also worth every penny spent.

On a down day, everyone needs a comfortable pair of shoes. A pair that will make things easier. No, they may not be the most expensive, but they put a smile on your face. These shows are some of my favourites as they do tend to have discounts available. No, the story lines may not be the best around, but the shows make you forget the world for a couple of hours and leave you with a catchy tune or two whirring around your head. I’m thinking of shows like Grease, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia and Jersey Boys. Admittedly the last two don’t offer much by way of discounts, but they’re worth a visit for the pure feel good factor. These shows will leave you feeling more alive than twelve cans of Red Bull would, but the shows are probably better for your health!

Then there are the shoes that could go one of two ways. These are the skyscraper heels of the shoe world. The ones that you think will probably end badly but they turn out to be great. My prime example of this is Legally Blonde, currently playing at the Savoy Theatre. When I first heard Legally Blonde was becoming a musical I was sceptical to say the least, but having seen the show both in New York and London, it is a firm favourite of mine. It’s especially worth a visit to the Savoy to see the fantastic Sheridan Smith play Elle Woods.

Some shoes turn anyone in their presence into a gibbering wreck. There is only one show that I can even think about talking about here. It’s a show that many people claim changed their life, has a massive fanbase and made a star out of Idina Menzel. It has some of the most well known songs in musical theatre and sells out every day all over the world. Of course, I could only be referring to Wicked. “The Untold Story of The Witches of Oz” tells the story of the Wicked Witch Of The West (Elphaba) and the Good Witch Of The North (Glinda) in a way you could never imagine, and is guaranteed to change the way you think of the Wizard Of Oz. It really is fantastic and I recommend it wholeheartedly to any theatre fan.

So, is your shoe collection like your show collection? Tweet me @Westend_wendy and let me know your shoe/show comparisons!

EBay

I recently dug deep into my theatre collection as it was getting a little ridiculously large! I often shop around on eBay for programmes that I couldn’t get hold of the time so I thought I would pass on some theatre goodies to you guys :-)

Amongst various things up there, there is a Wicked brochure signed by the whole 2008 cast (Alexia Khadime/Dianne Pilkington), an original London Wicked Cast Brochure signed by Idina Menzel, an Avenue Q Programme signed by the whole cast. It’s worth a look.

You can find my eBay selling page at http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/westend_wendy88/

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