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Big Night Of Musicals line up of shows and performers on BBC One special

Big Night of Musicals - Performers from the Disney medley (Frozen, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast) - (C) TBI - Photographer: TBI
Big Night of Musicals - Performers from the Disney medley (Frozen, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast) - (C) TBI - Photographer: TBI

BBC One tonight airs Big Night Of Musicals featuring performances from West End shows and tours.

The event will be staged by The National Lottery and hosted by comedian, presenter and singer Jason Manford.

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Taking place in front of a live audience at the AO Arena Manchester earlier this week (24 January), the show will air on BBC One on Saturday 29 January from 7PM.

The 90-minute special will see special collaborations and sensational performances of some of the biggest songs from musical theatre, serving as a ‘thank you’ to National Lottery players who have helped support the arts during the pandemic.

Here’s a look at the performances you can expect!

Big Night Of Musicals line up

Dreamgirls – One Night Only
Performed by Nicole Raquel Dennis, Natalie Kassanga, Paige Peddie

& Juliet – Teenage Dream/ Break Free
Performed by Keala Seattle and David Bedella

Frozen – I Can’t Lose You
Performed by Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon

Disney’s The Lion King – He Lives In You
Performed by Thenjiwe Nofamele and Kayi Ushe

Beauty and the Beast – Beauty and the Beast
Performed by Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor

Frozen – Let It Go
Performed by the casts of Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King

Les Misérables – Bring Him Home
Performed by John Owen-Jones

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Back to the Future – Gotta Start Somewhere
Performed by Cedric Neal and the cast

The Wiz – Ease On Down The Road
Performed by the company

Dear Evan Hansen – You Will Be Found
Performed by Sam Tutty and Samantha Mbolekwa

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell – Bat Out of Hell
Performed by Glenn Adamson, Martha Kirby and the cast

Waitress – She Used To Be Mine
Performed by Chelsea Halfpenny

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – Teacher’s Pet
Performed by Jake Sharp and castt

The Drifters Girl – Kissing in The Back Row / There Goes My First Love / Harlem Child / You’re More Than A Number In My Little Red Book
Performed by Beverley Knight, Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud

Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – One Love / Jammin’
Performed by Arinzé Kene

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical – We Don’t Need Another Hero / Simply The Best / Proud Mary
Performed by Aisha Jawando

Alongside the TV show, an audio broadcast will also be available on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday, 30 January, 1 to 3PM, and will be available both live and for 30 days afterwards on BBC Sounds.

Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment at the BBC said: “We are delighted to bring a great night of contemporary musicals that the entire family can enjoy into viewers homes, showcasing the world class talent that British theatre is known for.”

Helen Thomas, Head of BBC Radio 2, added: “Following Radio 2’s award-winning Musicals: The Greatest Show which was also broadcast on BBC One in February 2021, I’m thrilled to be delighting our musical-loving listeners once again with this fantastic new show – just what we need to lift our spirits during a cold January!”


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