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Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance!

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 28 September 2012

BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night presents a tribute to Hollywood's greatest song and dance man, Gene Kelly - 'Gotta Sing Gotta Dance!' John Barrowman stars in this special event with the sixty piece BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Broadway maestro Larry Blank. Also starring Scarlett Strallen- currently starring as Cathy Seldon in the West End's 'Singin in the Rain' and acclaimed vocalist Matt Ford. The concert features stunning music including: Singin in the Rain; You Were Meant For Me; Almost Like Being in Love; I Could Write A Book; Make 'Em Laugh; Get Happy; For Me and My Gal; I Got Rhythm; Good Morning; Broadway Melody and many, many more .

Music Played

21 items
  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra cb  Larry Blank

    BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Singin' In the Rain Overture

    (Freed)

  • Image for John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Almost Like Being In Love

    (Lerner / Loewe)

  • Image for Matthew Ford / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Matthew Ford / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank I Could Write A Book

    (Rodgers & Hart)

  • Image for Scarlett Strallen / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Scarlett Strallen / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered

    (Rodgers & Hart)

  • Image for Scarlett Strallen / Matthew Ford / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Scarlett Strallen / Matthew Ford / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank For Me & My Gal

    (Leslie/Goetz/Meyer)

  • Image for John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Heather on the Hill

    (Lerner & Loewe)

  • Image for Scarlett Strallen / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Scarlett Strallen / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Get Happy

    (Arlen / Koehler)

  • Image for John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank 'Swonderful

    (G & I Gershwin)

  • Image for Matthew Ford / Andrew Vinter (Piano)

    Matthew Ford / Andrew Vinter (Piano) I Fall In Love Too Easily

    (Styne & Cahn)

  • Image for John Barrowman / Matthew Ford / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    John Barrowman / Matthew Ford / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank New York, New York

    (Bernstein/Comden/Green)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank American In Paris Overture

    (Bernstein)

  • Image for Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Nice Work If You Can Get It Matthew Ford / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    (G & I Gershwin)

  • Image for John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank I Got Rhythm

    (G & I Gershwin)

  • Image for Scarlett Strallen / Andrew Vinter (Piano)

    Scarlett Strallen / Andrew Vinter (Piano) Embraceable You

    (G & I Gershwin)

  • Image for John Barrowman / Andrew Vinter (Piano)

    John Barrowman / Andrew Vinter (Piano) Our Love Is Here To Stay

    (G & I Gershwin)

  • Image for Matthew Ford / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Matthew Ford / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank It Had To Be You

    (Kahn / Jones)

  • Image for Scarlett Strallen / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Scarlett Strallen / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Before The Parade Passes By

    (Herman)

  • Image for John Barrowman/Scarlett Strallen/Matthew Ford

    John Barrowman/Scarlett Strallen/Matthew Ford Good Mornin'

    (Brown & Freed)

  • Image for Scarlett Strallen / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Scarlett Strallen / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank You Are My Lucky Star

    (Brown & Freed)

  • Image for John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    John Barrowman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Singin' In the Rain

    (Brown & Freed)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank End Credits from That's Entertainment

    (Various)

  • Smile...

    Smile...

    Star presenter John Barrowman and Broadway Maestro Larry Blank take a moment for a picture back stage.

    John Barrowman's Official Website
  • Star Performers..

    Star Performers..

    John Barrowman with West End Singer Scarlett Strallen and the acclaimed vocalist Matt Ford.

  • Make 'Em Laugh

    Make 'Em Laugh

    John Barrowman takes a moment to distract singer Matt Ford whilst Scarlett Strallen doubles up with laughter.

  • Conductors' Corner

    Conductors' Corner

    Larry Blank is one of the most prolific and sought after composers, conductors, and orchestrators in the entertainment business today. His work has been presented all over the world, including some of Broadway’s most successful musicals, Carnegie Hall, and top television and film projects.
    He was the Music Director/Conductor and/or vocal arranger for many shows on Broadway and in Los Angeles including They're Playing Our Song, Evita, Sugar Babies, La Cage Aux Folles, Phantom Of The Opera, Onward Victoria, Copperfield, Colette, A Chorus Line and A Little Night Music. He has been nominated twice for both the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for his orchestrations in The Drowsy Chaperone and Irving Berlin's White Christmas.
    Mr. Blank has worked with top talent from varied fields of the entertainment world, notably as personal conductor to Michael Crawford. He has also worked with Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Bernadette Peters, Kelsey Grammar, Christine Baranski, Roberta Flack, Pete Fountain, Peabo Bryson, Sally Kellerman, Nancy Dussault, Marc Shaiman, Jerry Herman, Ann- Margaret, Davis Gaines, Bette Midler, George Benson, Placido Domingo, Randy Newman, Trisha Yearwood, Tom Scott, Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton, John Raitt and Diana Rigg.
    Blank’s background includes orchestrating and arranging songs for South Park and was Music Supervisor and Orchestrator for Jerry Herman’s movie, Mrs. Santa Claus starring Angela Lansbury and Charles Durning. Some of the films he lent his talent to include The Kid, Kiss The Girls, The American President, Forget Paris, City Slickers II, The Net, That¹s Entertainment III, North, I¹d Do Anything, and Stuart Saves His Family. Blank’s music can be heard on the animated feature films, Cats Don’t Dance and All Dogs Go To Heaven as well as the 101 Dalmations Christmas Special.
    Mr. Blank’s television work includes orchestrating and composing music for several of the Grammy Awards and Academy Award shows as well as numerous television movies and shows.
    Mr. Blank has guest conducted most of the orchestras throughout the world, including The San Francisco Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Palm Beach Pops, Auckland Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra,The Boston Pops, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Symphony, New Orleans Symphony and Toronto Symphony.

    Larry Blank Official Website
  • An Insiders View by Assistant Producer Ruth Beazley

    An Insiders View by  Assistant Producer Ruth Beazley

    If I had to choose a favourite type of music – well, actually, I think that’s nigh on impossible as I love the entire range of music that we get to play on FNIMN - there’s no doubt that the golden era of the Hollywood Musical comes pretty close to the top of my list. Add in some fantastic singers – John Barrowman, Matt Ford, Scarlett Strallen – then mix it all up with Broadway Maestro Larry Blank and whaddya know? We got a show….!
    I’ve been hugely lucky to have worked in live music broadcasting for a few years now – and there are times when you pinch yourself that you’re actually at work because you’re having so much fun. There are, of course, times when you pinch yourself to wake up from a bad dream – when the power fails, the singer gets sick, the only audience who have braved the snow, wind and rain to an outside concert turns out to be one man and his dog….
    However, this concert was very much the former. I still get goose bumps when the fabulous BBC Concert Orchestra let rip on a wonderful arrangement and I’m lucky enough to be in the rehearsal, listening to it all come together. I usually have a stop watch in one hand, a mobile phone up to one ear, someone shouting at me in the other ear, and a musical score in the other hand – but the rehearsals are my favourite time.
    As I’m writing this, I also want to shout about the art of the arranger. If you are lucky enough to start with a wonderful tune – and then you get an arranger taking hold of the tune and working their magic with the different instruments – the result truly can be electrifying.
    From a production point of view: if, by the time we get to the rehearsal, we haven’t got everything in place, we’ve got a problem. Ideally we’ve liaised with the artists, decided upon a venue, worked out a rehearsal schedule, come up with a running order, located all the music, checked all the legalities, and got the show on sale. All of this, I might add, with help from other dedicated colleagues such as music librarians, venue staff, orchestra staff, BBC Rights departments – there’s no doubt that putting together a live music broadcast is a hugely collaborative event. You wouldn’t want to do this job if you didn’t like organising, and if you didn’t like being sociable!
    Once you’ve put all the nuts and bolts of the show together, the real excitement comes from the first time you get to hear the music in rehearsal. Of course there are a million jobs to do in order to get the show on air – but somehow it’s much more thrilling to do those jobs accompanied by the sounds of singers and orchestra, than in an office.
    And for those of you reading this who may have wondered what the wonderfully appreciative laughter and applause was all about when John was singing I Got Rhythm – then let me tell you that the amazing BBC Concert Orchestra Percussion section performed a very unique tap dance! All of a sudden the audience saw three sets of dancing feet magically appearing out of thin air, and dancing their way up the back wall of the stage. Now, where else do you get that in a day’s work?

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