The BBC is to celebrate the best of all things musicals in a new one-off TV & radio show.
With venues currently unable to open to the public, Musicals: The Greatest Show is a celebration of the nation’s favourite songs and performers from the world of musical theatre.
Musicals: The Greatest Show will air in February on BBC One and stream online via BBC iPlayer. An extended version of the show will broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday, 31 January from 7PM and stream on BBC Sounds.
Performances on the schedule (which is subject to change at short notice) include:
Amanda Holden and Sheridan Smith perform I Know Him So Well, from Chess
Nicole Scherzinger performs Never Enough from The Greatest Showman from LA.
Josh Groban sings The Impossible Dream from Man Of La Mancha from LA (Radio 2 only)
Elaine Paige with Sunset Boulevard’s As If We Never Said Goodbye. (Radio 2 only)
Gavin Spokes, from the West End production of Hamilton, performs You’ll Be Back
Michael Ball performs You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray
Sheridan Smith performs Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny Girl
Ivano Turco sings Only You, Lonely You from Andrew Lloyd Webber's new Cinderella musical
The cast of SIX The Musical will perform SIX
Ramin Karimloo will sing The Music Of The Night from The Phantom Of The Opera
Mazz Murray, Kate Graham and Jo Napthine of MAMMA MIA! perform Dancing Queen
Aisha Jawando of the West End production of TINA, The Tina Turner Musical performs The Best
Lea Salonga performs I Dreamed A Dream from Les Misérables - with her performance recorded in Manila
Layton Williams of Everybody's Talking About Jamie performs The Wall In My Head
Sam Tutty and the West End cast of Dear Evan Hansen will perform You Will Be Found
Nicole Raquel Dennis will sing Dreamgirls' And I Am Telling You
Kerry Ellis sings Defying Gravity from Wicked
Christine Allado and Alexia Khadime perform the Oscar-winning song When You Believe from The Prince Of Egypt (Radio 2 only)
Jac Yarrow will perform Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat with members of the public invited to be a part of the performance by submitting videos via bbc.co.uk/musicals.
Elaine Paige, Radio 2 presenter, said: “Musicals are such a huge part of my life, as they are for so many of my friends and colleagues, so to be unable to perform or go to the theatre for most of last year was devastating for us all. Radio 2 Celebrates Musicals is a way for us all to come together, to be uplifted and sing out loud to the world’s best show tunes.”
Sheridan Smith added: “I’m thrilled to be hosting this wonderful show from The London Palladium for Radio 2 and BBC One. With so many amazing performers we’re going to hopefully bring some joy to all those at home, with the best songs to help lift the spirits in these very difficult times.”