From school shows to fringe theatre to the West End, musicals are an integral part of the theatre industry – giving equal importance to song and sound as they do to dialogue and movement.

There is just something special about musical theatre that leaves the audiences wanting more.

We can’t wait for the day we can welcome back our amazing Birmingham Hippodrome audiences. Until then, we wanted to know what your favourite musical theatre songs were.

We read all your replies and there were three clear favourites…

3. You Can’t Stop the Beat – Hairspray

Already featured in our uplifting moments blog, You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray is a strong fan favourite. The final number in the show is bursting with energy, happiness and colour as the whole cast join together to sing about the joy of dancing.

Watch this very special version of You Can’t Stop the Beat as alumni from numerous productions, along with other professional theatre, film and television performers came together for a joyous celebration in lockdown!

2. Bring Him Home – Les Misérables

Our second most popular choice was Bring Him Home from Les Misérables. Sung by the main character, Jean Valjean, who is pleading to God to preserve the life of another man. The powerful song has become an anthem for people around the world and helps provide comfort for those in need.

Watch Alfie Boe perform this beautiful rendition with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

1. Defying Gravity – Wicked

The clear top choice this week was Defying Gravity from Wicked. Telling the story of two witches, Elphaba – who is green – and Glinda – who is depicted as ‘pretty in pink’. Defying Gravity is Elphaba’s response to trying to fit in: she is tired of being turned down because of the way she looks, rather than being considered great for her enlightened way of thinking.

Enjoy this performance from Idina Menzel who starred as Elphaba in the original Broadway cast.