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Great Film Composers

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 26 April 2013

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel is a charismatic star of stage, film and television. In this special Friday Night Is Music Night, recorded at the Hackney Empire, she performs songs from throughout her career with the sixty piece BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of leading West End conductor Mike Dixon.
Idina received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut performance as Maureen, in the original production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit RENT, which celebrates it's 20th anniversary this year. She went on to star in the West End premiere of 'WICKED' where she received the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
In film, Idina appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams in Disney's hit, ENCHANTED, directed by Kevin Lima, and prior to that, was seen in director Chris Columbus' film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical RENT, in which she reprised her role as Maureen. Idina is also to be seen in the cult TV hit Glee ...
Tonight, in 'Idina Menzel and Friends', listeners will discover a unique entertainer. A powerhouse performer, by turns sassy, funny and heartfelt.
Programme first broadcast on Friday 26th April.

Music Played

44 items
  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Mike Dixon Friday Night Is Music Night

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Somewhere

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Wizard and I

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Don't Rain on My Parade

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Both Sides Now

  • Image for Declan Bennett

    Declan Bennett Say It To Me Now

  • Image for Declan Bennett/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Declan Bennett/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Falling Slowly

    Artist: Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon I Will Walk 500 Miles

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Love For Sale

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Roxanne

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Chorus Line Medley

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon God Save My Soul

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Take Me or Leave Me

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Life of the Party

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon I Stand

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Poker Face

  • Image for Elaine Paige/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Elaine Paige/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon If You Love Me

  • Image for Elaine Paige/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Elaine Paige/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon I Know Him So Well

    Artist: Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon In Your Eyes

  • Image for Idina Menzel

    Idina Menzel For Good

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Defying Gravity

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon No Day but Today

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Mike Dixon

    BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Mike Dixon Friday Night Is Music Night

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Somewhere

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Wizard and I

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Don't Rain on My Parade

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Both Sides Now

  • Image for Declan Bennett

    Declan Bennett Say It To Me Now

  • Image for Declan Bennett/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Declan Bennett/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Falling Slowly

    Artist: Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon I Will Walk 500 Miles

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Love For Sale

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Roxanne

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Chorus Line Medley

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon God Save My Soul

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Take Me or Leave Me

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Life of the Party

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon I Stand

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Poker Face

  • Image for Elaine Paige/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Elaine Paige/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon If You Love Me

  • Image for Elaine Paige/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Elaine Paige/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon I Know Him So Well

    Artist: Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon In Your Eyes

  • Image for Idina Menzel

    Idina Menzel For Good

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon Defying Gravity

  • Image for Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Idina Menzel/BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon No Day but Today

  • Idina Menzel - up close

    An intimate portrait of the life and career of the Tony award winning singer and actress Idina Menzel - in her own words. From her early days in the Broadway musical Rent to starring in the West End production of Wicked, Idina's stellar rise is charted and celebrated.

  • An Insiders View by Musical Theatre Star Elaine Paige

    Elaine Paige
    As my taxi turned the corner toward the Hackney Empire, a beautifully restored Victorian theatre in London, two huge vehicles greeted me – one was the BBC recording unit truck, the other was an imposing vehicle for the sixty piece BBC Concert Orchestra’s equipment – they don’t travel light!
    The sound of the wonderful Idina Menzel rehearsing could be heard as soon as I walked through the stage door, I was so looking forward to seeing her again, but first I had to settle myself and get the proverbial cup of tea!  Walking down the corridor towards my dressing room I passed a door with a sign taped to it that read ‘Don’t poo in this toilet!’  The glamour of showbiz, eh?  It did make me chuckle.
    After rehearsals with Idina – I won’t spoil it here by telling you what we sing, you’ll have to listen tonight – it was out for a quick bite to eat at a restaurant opposite, before the concert commenced.  Plaice goujans and chips!  Naughty, but delicious.  As I sat eating I could see the crowds queuing to get in to the theatre and the excitement building.   Back in the theatre to prepare, everyone was getting ready to go on; musicians milling around all clutching different instruments, Mike Dixon the MD giving last minutes instructions, Anthony Cherry our Friday Night producer wishing everyone luck as Idina walked towards the stage.
    Curtain up!  And as the first notes reverberated through the theatre I could hear the roar of approval from the audience.  Thrilling!  This was going to be a special night.
  • Conductors' Corner

    Mike Dixon

    Mike’s Biog...

    Mike Dixon graduated from Trinity College of Music in 1979 and since then has become one of the most experienced and respected musical forces in London’s West End and on British television. His work spans all genres of music as Musical Supervisor, Musical Director, Arranger and Composer......

    Conductor Questionnaire

    Q:Coronation Street or Eastenders?
    A:Corrie

    Q:Dunk or Crunch?
    A:Dunk

    Q:Favourite Interval tipple?
    A:Pernod & water

    Q:Sweet Or Sour?
    A:Sweet

    Q:Sondheim or Bernstein?
    A:Bernstein

    Q:Kaiser Chiefs or Khachaturian?
    A:Kaiser Chiefs

    Q:Favourite venue?
    A:Wigmore Hall

    Q:Favourite holidays destination?
    A:North Cornwall

    Q:Aria or showtunes?
    A:Show tune

    Q:Quill and Ink or Twitter?
    A:Twitter

  • Interval Item - Idina Menzel Up Close and Personel

    Idina Menzel and Baylen Leonard
    An intimate portrait of the life and career of the Tony award winning singer and actress Idina Menzel in conversation with Brodcaster Baylen Leonard. From her early days in the Broadway musical Rent to starring in the West End production of Wicked, Idina's stellar rise is charted and celebrated.

Broadcasts

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