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BBC: The Musical -A New Series

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BBC: The Musical -A New Series

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Posted: 9/4/10 at 2:47pm

'The Musical'

BBC Radio 2 is starting an 8-part series on Monday the 6th of September at 10pm.

The first programme in a special season of documentaries celebrating the most popular and successful form of theatrical entertainment in the world:
The Musical.

There are eight documentaries, each presented by a leading name from the world of musical theatre.

Today, the musical is a global entertainment form, but even though you can now experience many of the same shows in the theatre districts of the major capitals in the world, for most of us it's still associated with the place where it was born-Broadway - the road that runs the full length of Manhattan and especially that part
between 42nd and 53rd Streets that is known as The Great White Way.

Programme One:
Stories With Songs :presented by Sian Phillips
The musical is a genre of theatre, but when you look at individual shows you find that they're a mass of other genres: there are comedies, dramas and histories, and shows that address social, political and even religious ideas. But whatever the subject matter, one thing is certain, to be a good musical, you need a good story or
'book'.
This opening documentary asks, if the book is so important why are there so few musicals that have an original story as opposed to being adapted from some other medium?

The 'case studies' for this programme are:
'The Boy Friend', 'A Chorus Line', 'Chess', 'Starlight Express' and 'Sunday In The Park
With George'.

Key contributors include:
Stephen Sondheim, Patti Lupone, Arlene Phillips, Maury Yeston, John Barrowman, Elaine Stritch, Maria Friedman, Sandy Wilson, Victor Spinetti, Ruthie Henshall, Don Black, Tim Rice, Donna McKechnie, Gillian Lynne, Elaine Paige, Richard Stilgoe, Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Grandage and Bobby Lopez.

'Stories With Songs' is written by Brian Sibley and produced for Radio 2 by
Malcolm Prince.

Updated On: 9/4/10 at 02:47 PM
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BBC: The Musical -A New Series

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Posted: 9/4/10 at 2:52pm
Pity about the time-slot, but it sounds interesting
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BBC: The Musical -A New Series

#2
Posted: 9/4/10 at 5:29pm
Ooh, i'll catch up on iPlayer - Malcolm Prince is Elaine Paige's old producer.
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BBC: The Musical -A New Series

#3
Posted: 9/4/10 at 5:51pm
Exciting!! Thanks for posting.
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BBC: The Musical -A New Series

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Posted: 9/4/10 at 10:31pm
This sounds like it will be really interesting - shame I got my hopes up that it might actually be a TV documentary courtesy of BBC4 though.... :-/
Seen some shows in my time....
Updated On: 9/4/10 at 10:31 PM
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BBC: The Musical -A New Series

#5
Posted: 9/5/10 at 4:26pm
Agree, one for iplayer.