West End Shows on Broadway: Success on Both Sides of The Pond

After being critically acclaimed in the West End, a show is now destined for Broadway, and we take a look back at the show’s history in London. This show has managed to entertain audiences across the continent and has won both Tony and Olivier awards. We learn why American audiences love this show, which originally began on British soil. Here are the most successful West End shows on Broadway!

The Phantom of The Opera   

The Phantom of the Opera, which premiered on Broadway in 1988, is probably the most successful musical of all time. The show, which has been running in London and New York for more than 30 years, has been a success and is one of the most popular musicals on Broadway.

It was praised for its musicality, originality, and emotional impact on the audience, as well as for the quality of its performances and the creative team behind them.

The Phantom of the Opera won best musical at the 1988 Tony Awards, and the original Broadway cast included Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. The roles were redesigned for the West End, the characters were created in London, but they still delight audiences at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and have been performed more than 12,000 times.

After the Phantom of the Opera moved from the West End to Broadway in 1987, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman moved to Broadway. In the sequel, Phantom has played more than 1,000 performances at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and more than 2,500 performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall.


Matilda opened in London’s West End in 2001 and brought Roald Dahl to American cinemas for the first time. The show ran at the Royal Albert Hall for two years before moving to the Imperial Theatre and staying there until the end of her career on May 18, 2003.

Matilda tells the story of Matilda, a young girl who travels from her mother’s house to her new home. The musical won the best book and best actress in a musical at the 2006 Tony Awards. Since then, it has performed more than 1,500 times and ended in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.

Matilda is currently playing the role of Bert in the West End at the Cambridge Theatre, with Gavin Lee taking on the role. In 2006, the Mary Poppins film was transferred from the West End to Broadway, and audiences and critics loved the near-perfect Disney film so much that it was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including best musical. Scarlett Strallen took on the role in 2008, and Matilda again in 2009 and 2010.

Mamma Mia  

Mary Poppins is here, and Mamma Mia has been on the rise since its Broadway premiere. The show will leave the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 14 and premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in the West End.

Louise Pitre was nominated and won Best Musical at the 2002 Tony Awards, and the 2008 film adaptation increased the musical’s popularity. The plot is inspired by Madame Butterfly, but with a more modern twist that belies others and tests the Broadway audience’s ability to love catchy ABBA songs.

Miss Saigon

The Americans enjoyed musical performances about the Vietnam War, with Lea Salonga and Jonathan Pryce taking on the leading roles of Kim and an engineer after their parents died. Miss Saigon entertained the masses at New York City Opera until it closed on January 28, 2001, went through a ten-month revival, and was finally closed on October 31, 2002, after a two-week run at the West End Theatre on Broadway.

When it comes out big on Broadway, it will go everywhere, and successful West End shows on Broadway and world will be everywhere.

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