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Christmas Day 2013 18:00 BBC Radio 2

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 25 December 2013

Presented by Glee's Mr Schuester, Matthew Morrison, at heart a true "Song and Dance" Man, telling the stories of some of Broadway's Leading Men and Women.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? ... Practice
How do you get to Broadway?... Practice Harder!
Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen wrote: "I'll dance, I'll sing, I'll do anything just to get my name in lights". Sounds a bit desperate doesn't it? But if it's your destiny you've got no choice.
It wasn't Simon Cowell who began the world of celebrity it was the man who created Broadway over a hundred years ago; impresario Florenz Ziegfeld with his "Follies".
From that moment the World of Entertainment changed, everyone wanted to be a star on Broadway, remember: "If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere".
The path to "The Great White Way" can be smooth - you can become an overnight sensation, like one of the hottest names on Broadway at the moment, Sutton Foster, plucked out of the obscurity of the Chorus Line to land the leading role of Millie. Or somewhat rocky like the household name Lucille Ball, who was so keen to star on 42nd Street, that she funded her own Show "Wildcat"!
Everyone's journey is different including the presenter of this show. But like his character, he loves musical theatre and started life as a true song and dance man Matthew says: "It's where my heart and history lies, it's where it began." He has one song that he's used in every audition, including that of Mr Schu and it's "On The Street Where You Live" from "My Fair Lady" but it's "On The Street of Dreams" where we'll be staying for two hours.

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