WhatsOnStage Logo
Home link
Features

10 musicians who need a jukebox musical

From Beyoncé to Kate Bush, we pick the artists we'd most like to see immortalised on stage

Beyoncé
© Rocbeyonce (CC-BY-SA-4.0)

Beyoncé

After joining what would become Destiny's Child aged just eight years-old, Queen Bey went on to become a global superstar. Her incredible story would make for a great West End hit and songs including "Crazy In Love", "Run the World" and "Single Ladies" would make great showtunes.




© Eric Koch, Nationaal Archief (CC-BY-SA-3.0-NL)

The Beatles

Before you say anything, we know we've already got Let It Be but we can't help thinking that there's another story to be told here. We'd be particularly interested in a musical focusing on the band's music in the late '70s, notably the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine" albums.



Britney Spears
© Jennifer (CC BY 2.0)

Britney Spears

Oops we did it again, but we were born to make you happy. From making her professional debut in an Off-Broadway production of Ruthless! the Musical, to joining the Mickey Mouse Club alongside Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, through the shaved-head and umbrella waving years to the chart success and Vegas residency. Spears' life is prime material for the stage and anyone who says otherwise is just "Crazy".



Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

What better way to commemorate the work of the Queen of Soul than with an all singing, all dancing stage show? With songs including "Respect", "I Say A Little Prayer" and "Natural Woman", we "Think" Franklin's musical could give Tina a run for its money in the female empowerment stakes. A Detroit-based production was rumoured back in 2007 but never materialised.



Eminem
© Mika-photography (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Eminem

The work's already been done on this one, the 2002 (yes we know, 16 years ago!) film 8 Mile was loosely based on Marshall Mathers' actual upbringing and features his first number one US single "Lose Yourself". Perhaps in its adaptation for the stage the writers could include other favourites like "Stan", "The Way I Am" and "My Name Is".



Madonna
© Pascal Mannaerts (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Madonna

She starred in the 1996 film adaptation of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita but the Queen of Pop has yet to be immortalised in musical theatre history. With a career spanning 35 years, Ms Ciccone has more than enough stories and hit songs to choose from. A Madonna musical would be "Like A Prayer" being answered and we'd be excited to hear songs like "Vogue" and "Like A Virgin" belted from a West End stage.



The Darkness
© Ed Vill (CC BY 2.0)

The Darkness

Do you believe in a thing called love? We do! They might have been a one album wonder but this Lowestoft band has hits aplenty. Just listening to "Permission to Land" from start to finish feels like listening to a musical, with other cracking numbers including "Black Shuck", "Love Is Only A Feeling" and "Get Your Hands Off Of My Woman" . This glam rock band also offers up loads of opportunity for some great spandex based costumes and handlebar moustaches. This idea's "Really Growing On Me".



Kate Bush
© Philip Chappell (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Kate Bush

In 1978 she topped the charts with "Wuthering Heights" aged just 19, and has since had 25 Top 40 singles, including "Babooshka", "Running Up That Hill" and "King of the Mountain", as well as number-one albums "Never for Ever" and "Hounds of Love". Forty years later and she's still going strong, we think such an impressive career deserves to be adapted for the stage.



Ed Sheeran
© Christopher Johnson (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ed Sheeran

While this guitar-clutching bespectacled red-head may not be everyone's cup of tea, he's clearly a musical phenomenon and was named Spotify's most streamed artist of 2017 with 6.3 billion streams. We're thinking out loud here but his storytelling songs lend themselves perfectly to musical theatre and we'd be keen to see a show about The A Team living in a Lego House next to the Castle on the Hill.



Tenacious D
© Sven Mandel (CC-BY-SA-4.0)

Tenacious D

Whilst members Jack Black and Kyle Gass appeared in the 2006 musical comedy fantasy The Pick of Destiny, the film was largely disappointing and didn't feature any of their greatest songs. So we don't want to see that on stage before anyone suggests it. Instead we think Black and Gass could write something pretty epic featuring sasquatch, beelzebub and the greatest song in the world... tribute.