The pantomime’s opening number sets the standard for the audience of the show they’re about to enjoy. You want it to grab your attention, to ‘wow’ and to be high energy. It’s often following some kind of prologue, so bringing the audience into the colourful world of the pantomime is essential. Here’s my list of songs which are perfect for for just that.
- Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne – This anthem from Jess Glynne is particularly great for pantomimes like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, or Sleeping Beauty with a female lead.
- A Head Full of Dreams – Coldplay – I particularly like this one for Peter Pan or Sleeping Beauty as it works really well with the theme, but it works for others too! Perhaps Dick Whittington where Dick dreams of becoming Lord Mayor of London.
- I Will Never Let You Down – Rita Ora – Another great one for a female lead, and a song which is bound to get your audience on side early on.
- Love Today – MIKA – This is an absolute banger which is great to set the scene for a lead character who’s looking to fall in love. Or a lead character who’s brimming with it!
- Can’t Stop the Feeling! – Justin Timberlake – This huge hit from the movie Trolls has a fantastic beat and makes for a really upbeat start to any show.
- Best Day of My Life – American Authors – This song is all about being excited about the day ahead and looking forward to what it will bring.
- I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters – In a similar vein to Best Day of My Life, this 80s hit is a great opportunity to make an impact at the opening of a show.
- Hello – Martin Solveig & Dragonette – It really does what it says on the tin, and there’s lots of chances to give your company members a featured line or two.
- Better When Im Dancing’ – Meghan Trainor – Meghan has lots of numbers which are great for pantomime, but this one felt appropriate for an opening number.
- Stardust – MIKA – Another song from MIKA about anticipation and inspiration, which the families watching the pantomimes will be excited to hear!
I hope this list gives you great inspiration for your next pantomime opening number. If you have any of your own suggestions to add to the list, let me know.