We've been to see two amazing shows within the same week this month, 'Billy the Monster and Me' and 'Wicked'. Both were amazing, spectacular and... well... wowee! (as our youngest member, William, said). They were both warm, funny, entertaining, touching, sad, scary, and for the family, it was great to see so many age groups coming together to enjoy these experiences as a unit (even on a school night).
With the West End hit it's easy to say that it's down to budget, orchestra and wires but I think that cheapens the actual heart and spectacle that is being created by this talented group of performers. Musical theatre is hard graft, takes supreme talent and dedication and absolutely serves it's audience fully.
But with minimal budget, one guitar and absolutely without the aid of strings we were enthralled with Billy and his close encounter with the monster, we were all fully engaged (I was very excited when I realised where we were going to get the answers from, to save us all from being gobbled up).
So, it's been proven that it isn't just massive budgets and hype that guarantees great quality theatrical experiences. But what made them both such a hit with their audiences?