As the weather hits scorching highs this weekend, we’ve put together a list of our favourite summer show tunes from the stage and screen. Sit back, relax and enjoy these sizzling hits in the sunshine.
For a musical built around a summer romance, there are so many musical numbers in Grease that have us longing for those nostalgic summer breaks.
It might be the closest we get to jetting off to a Greek island this summer but Mamma Mia luckily has all the sun, sand and sea that we need. Not to mention the incredible ABBA soundtrack created with a tropical Grecian twist.
In The Heights
Set in Washington Heights in New York, this show is centred around a group of Latin American youngsters making their way in the big city. The latino style hip-hop musical from Hamilton’s Lin Manuel Miranda is the perfect upbeat soundtrack to provide all the summer vibes.
This summer we might not all be having the time of our lives, but the classic movie musical Dirty Dancing is ideal escapism. When Baby’s plans turn upside down and she is expecting boring summer break with her parents, she falls in love with the resort’s dance teacher and it turns out to be a holiday she’ll never forget.
West Side Story
You can’t beat the heat of West Side Story – the fiery musical about star-crossed lovers based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Direct from Puerto Rico, the Jets provide a Latin sound like no other, particularly in their big dance number America.
On Your Feet
On Your Feet tells the story of Gloria Estefan’s rise to fame. From humble Cuban beginnings to chart-topping hits, this musical will literally get you on your feet dancing to Gloria’s fuse of Spanish sounds and pop beats.
Oh what a beautiful morning! Nothing puts you in a better mood that waking up to a glorious sunny day. We are humming this iconic musical number from Oklahoma whilst the weather is so beautiful.
The 1963 film tells the fantastic story of three bus mechanics that transform a bus into a caravan for a summer holiday across Europe. Starring Cliff Richard, it’s a hilarious movie musical with a joyous soundtrack.
Porgy and Bess
We can’t talk about summer show tunes without the most famous one of them all – Summertime from Porgy and Bess. This lullaby opens the show and is the epitome of a serene summer evening.
Surely Moana is destined for the stage one day? This Disney musical set in the islands of Polynesia has the best summer soundtrack. As Moana embarks on an adventure to free her people, her fearless nature is reflected in the empowering soundtrack.