BBC One is to air Big Night Of Musicals which will feature 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.
Taking place in front of a live audience at the AO Arena Manchester Monday, 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 Covid crisis.
The casts from current West End shows including Frozen The Musical, Disney’s The Lion King, Back To The Future, The Drifters Girl, Dear Evan Hanson, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, & Juliet and Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical will perform.
There will also be performances from casts of shows that are currently touring up and down the UK including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock, Bat Out of Hell, Dreamgirls and Waitress plus the cast of Beauty and the Beast will feature in a unique Disney Medley.
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!”