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The National Lottery’s Big Night Of Musicals to be broadcast on BBC One


By duncan First Published 21 January 2022, Last Updated 24 January 2022

The National Lottery’s Big Night Of Musicals is coming to the AO Arena Manchester this Monday 24 January, with a blockbuster lineup, featuring the casts of some of the country’s best-loved musicals.

Hosted by comedian, presenter and singer Jason Manford, the one-of-a-kind event will then be broadcast on BBC One next Saturday 29 January in a special 90-minute programme.

You can expect to see performances from Frozen The MusicalDisney’s The Lion King, Back To The Future – The MusicalThe Drifters GirlDear Evan Hansen, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical& JulietGet Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical.

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.

As well as the programme on BBC One, performances from the event will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday 30th January, 1-3pm, and will be available both live and for 30 days afterwards on BBC Sounds.

Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment at the BBC says: “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, said: “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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