Travelzoo's Entertainment Team was lucky enough to sing along to a huge range of musicals in 2013. Here is our top five... What was your favourite?
1 "The Book of Mormon"
Amid deafening fanfare, "The Book of Mormon" finally arrived in the West End. Written by the brains behind rude and crude cartoon "South Park", it fully deserves the praise it's been given. The show is brilliantly original, spotlessly performed and genuinely hilarious. Tickets are still in very high demand but book in advance and there is a good selection (plus no booking fees for shows more than 12 weeks away).
2 "Kooza" by Cirque du Soleil
Not technically a musical but a mildly heart-stopping spectacle of stunts and tricks. We saw "Kooza" at the Royal Albert Hall, where Cirque du Soleil will be returning for another show -- "Quidam" in early January, but the troupe is also touring UK arenas in 2014. They really are a must-see, so if you've never caught one of their shows, make a new year's resolution to bag tickets.
3 "The Bodyguard"
A musical version of the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, this is a boatload of fun and uses Houston's back catalogue as its soundtrack. Aside from a couple of clunkily inserted songs and moments of slight hamminess, it's well worth booking, especially when tickets can be snapped up for £20 each.
4 "Singin' in the Rain"
We caught the Manchester leg of this UK tour and we think the show has transferred very well from the West End. A faithful reimaging of the MGM classic, it's brought to life by thousands of litres of water that, quite literally, rain on to the stage. Touring until October -- check out where it's going next.
5 "Mamma Mia"
An oldie but a goodie! The jukebox musical (a term for a show that uses previously released music -- in this case, Abba's biggest hits -- instead of an original score) has now been seen by more than 54 million people worldwide. It's a fun story with catchy songs and a hefty dose of nostalgia – what more could you want from the West End?
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