'Magic At The Musicals' is a New Radio Station Dedicated To Musicals
Bauer Media (home to Magic Radio) is set to launch another unique radio station which seeks to tap into UK audience's increasing love of musicals - 'Magic at the Musicals'.
In the last 5 years theatre attendance has soared by 2.2m to 34.5m people annually, more than the total attendance for every live music concert or festival in a full year and more than double the attendance for every Premier League match combined in a full season.
The musicals genre is busting out of theatres to have an even greater impact on popular culture with original movies like The Greatest Showman, Rocketman and La La Land becoming huge hits at the box office, whilst iconic shows Cats and Wicked transfer to the silver screen and classic musical movie Moulin Rouge heads to the stage, demonstrating a surge in popularity for the genre.
Magic at the Musicals will be a celebration of the best musicals from both stage and screen, with a playlist including hits like the electrifying And I Am Telling You from Dreamgirls and Defying Gravity from Wicked alongside classics such as Cats' Memory and Les Misérables' Bring Him Home. Listeners will be treated to a huge range of musicals from the beloved Mamma Mia! to the anthemic The Greatest Showman and the vintage Singin' in the Rain.
The station's line-up will include West End legend Ruthie Henshall (Chicago, Cats) and Olivier Award winning Jonathan Bailey (TV: Broadchurch, Doctor Who, W1A; Stage: Company), Louise Dearman (Wicked) John Owen-Jones (The Phantom of the Opera), alongside Julian Bird (CEO, UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre) and special shows from Luke Evans (film: Beauty and the Beast, Clash of the Titans; Stage: Rent, Miss Saigon), Michael Ball (Aspects of Love) and Alfie Boe (Les Miserables).
Commenting on the launch, presenter Ruthie Henshall said, "The station's name is derived from our hugely successful Magic at the Musicals show which is in its 5th year at the Royal Albert Hall. From a vibrant theatre and cinema scene there's never been a better time to bring this much-loved genre to the masses. We'll be proudly broadcasting songs from the shows directly into households across the country. Singing out loud optional!"
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre says "This is a fantastic boost for the industry at a time when theatregoing is at an all-time high. Magic is already our partner on the Olivier Awards, West End Live and other theatre and production projects, so this feels like a perfect platform to promote theatre, and musicals in particular."
Magic at the Musicals will feature a season of programming to celebrate the creativity, diversity and opportunity in modern British theatre. Telling the stories of those involved, it's set to shine a light on both the diversity of talent and the many opportunities the industry offers - both on-stage and off - to people from all backgrounds. The station will also broadcast The Olivier Awards live in full, cover West End Live - produced by Westminster City Council and Official London Theatre - in Trafalgar Square and broadcast its own event, Magic at the Musicals Live from the Royal Albert Hall in May 2020.
Magic at the Musicals Launches on November 21st on DAB+ in London, East & South East of England and nationwide on online, via listen apps and smart speakers.