The best musicals to watch this winter season

Catch these award-winning shows while you still can

Photograph: courtesy 247tickets (Dreamgirls the Musical)
Musicals are definitely having a moment in Shanghai. The past few years have seen a series of sold-out productions from Broadway, the West End and Palais de Congrès hit the Shanghai stages – Cats, Evita, Chicago, Les Misérables, Rent, The Phantom of the Opera, Carmen… you name it. From the world of American pop music in the '60s to a conservative German province in the late 19th century, here are some of the best upcoming shows to catch this winter.

Dreamgirls the Musical

This musical is said to be based on real-life events in the world of American pop music during the ‘60s. The story revolves around three black singers – Effie, Lorrell and Deena – and follows their rise to stardom, while unaware of the dangers of showbiz and the ephemeral nature of fame. Debuted on Broadway in 1981 with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics by Tom Even, Dreamgirls has kept a global audience enchanted by classic songs like ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’ and ‘One Night Only’.

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Spring Awakening

Set in a German province in 1891, Spring Awakening follows a group of young people during their transition from childhood into adulthood. Among them are the young and beautiful Wendla, the charismatic and rebellious Melchior and the repressed and frustrated Moritz. The two-act musical deals with heavy themes such as love and attraction, sadness and pleasure, and frustration and despair in an absolutely honest way, which is shocking considering the Frank Wedekind play premiered in 1906. This brand new version of Spring Awakening will be performed in English and Chinese by a bilingual cast.

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