My Unpopular Theatre Opinions...please don't hate me

If you follow me on TikTok (miagoddardx) you may have seen the little series I've been doing all about my unpopular musical theatre opinions, and so I thought I'd bring it over to my blog and expand on them and the reasons why I have that opinion. 

Please note: all views and opinions are my own and this in no way is meant to offend anyone, we all have different opinions!

1. Heathers West End was better than Heathers Off-Broadway.

If you know me you'll know Heathers is one of my absolute favourite musicals and it very quickly became my most seen show. I didn't know much about the show when it first came to the UK but by the end I could probably recite every single line of the entire show to you. Now I never got to see the original production live as it only showed in America however I did watch the bootleg a couple of times (sorry) and I have to say I much prefer the West End version. I still think the original was an incredible production and it had a very strong cast however the changes made for the West End production for me made it even better. Both versions had most of the same creative team, such as Andy Fickman (director) and Laurence O'Keefe (composer) and I think the changes they made to the show made it much stronger. I think the new songs add so much more, especially 'I Say No' which I think is one of the best musical theatre songs I've ever heard, and I think the cast were remarkable, not just in their singing abilities but also their acting. I much prefer listening to the West End cast recording (despite the slight auto-tune which really wasn't needed as it sound incredible live) and overall I do think it was a much stronger production. By no means am I saying the original wasn't good as we wouldn't have had a West End production if it wasn't loved by so many people, but personally I do prefer the West End.

2. I didn't like 9 to 5.

I saw the UK Tour of 9 to 5 last year and went in only knowing two songs which I still love and listen to all the time. I had heard good things and so was expecting a lot however I have to say I didn't really enjoy it very much. I think the performances were amazing and the cast did a great job but the show itself didn't do much for me. I wasn't a fan of the storyline as I think it was very sexist. I know that it's set in the 80's and that's what it was unfortunately like back then, but it felt like every single joke made was sexist and it felt a bit unnecessary and very repetitive. I just didn't find it very funny. I feel like it's a show that is definitely made for a different generation and I'm not a huge fan of the score either.

3. I don't like Little Shop of Horrors.

This is 100% going to be controversial! I think some of the songs are great and I actually really enjoy listening to them however I can't say much about the rest of it. The plot makes absolute no sense to me and I don't understand how a story about a man eating plant makes a good musical? I'm also not a fan of the singing in the film version at all and the acting is very cringey to me. It's just not a show for me and I can't see myself ever going to see this live...

4. Hairspray and Grease Live are better than the movie versions.

Now don't get me wrong I love the film versions of both of these films as they're both classics, but I much prefer the live TV productions. For Hairspray, I'm really not a fan of the original Broadway cast recording at all but Hairspray Live for me was incredible. I think both shows had such strong casts and I'm constantly listening to the cast recordings. I think the songs that were cut from the films that were then added back in for these productions make the show much stronger and I'd love to see them do this with more musicals in the future. 

5. Rent is overrated.

Another one that people will definitely hate me for but I can't get in to Rent at all. I've never seen it live but I have listened to the Broadway cast recording a couple of times and I've watched the live recording but I just didn't really like it. The cast were great but for me it just wasn't very entertaining and I'm not a huge fan of the score. I do however like 'Seasons of Love' and 'Take Me Or Leave Me' however I do much prefer the Glee versions...sorry.

6. Sister Act The Musical is much better than the film.

Sister Act is a classic and I've never met anyone that doesn't like the film and as much as I love it myself, I think the stage version is so much better. The score is entirely original for the stage adaption and it's one of my favourites. I saw the tour back in 2016 and it's the most fun I've ever had watching a show. The energy was incredible and the comedy was spot on. If you haven't heard the new score written for the musical, I urge you to go and listen.

7. The 2014 film version of Annie is the best version. 

Recently I've actually discovered that a lot of people don't like Annie overall no matter what version it is however I still love this show. I've it twice live and absolutely loved it but I have to say I think the 2014 film version is much better. It's so much more modern and I think the additions / changes work really well. I especially like the version of 'Little Girls' and 'Easy Street' in this film and I adore the song 'Opportunity' which was written for this version.

8. The Little Mermaid is the best Disney musical (score wise).

I'm not sure how unpopular this opinion actually is but I feel like if you ask someone what they're favourite Disney stage musical is their answer is most likely Newsies or Beauty and the Beast. The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney film and for some reason I never thought about listening to the Broadway cast recording until recently. I'm actually annoyed at myself that it's taken me this long but I haven't really listened to anything else for the past two weeks. I've always said the 3 films in The Little Mermaid series have the best music out of any Disney film and the stage adaptation is no different. I think Alan Menken did everything perfectly with this show and I'm now desperate for a West End production. 


So they were some of my unpopular theatre opinions. I know some of those could be quite controversial but they are just my personal opinions and if you think otherwise that's absolutely fine. I'd love to hear some of your unpopular opinions too!

Stay safe.

Mia x