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A look at how British musicals reclaimed the West End from American domination after WWII, with contributions from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh and Tim Rice.

Three-part series which tells how the British musical became a driving force behind musical theatre around the world - a tale of titanic shows, phenomenal daring, epic rivalries, prodigious talent and gargantuan fortunes, all set in just a single square mile.

The first episode looks at how, from unpromising beginnings in the period after the Second World War, British musicals went on to reclaim the West End from American domination. Highlights include the quintessentially British show The Boyfriend and its failure to conquer Broadway, the riches-to-rags story of Lionel Bart and his masterpiece Oliver, and the extraordinary partnership of Sir Tim Rice and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, from the moment they burst onto the scene with Jesus Christ Superstar until their final collaboration of the 1970s, Evita.

Featuring first-hand accounts from the great and the good of musical theatre including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Tim Rice, Elaine Paige, Ron Moody, Bill Kenwright, Sheila Hancock, Harold Prince, Robert Stigwood, Tommy Steele, Paul Nicholas and Willy Russell.

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Sat 3 Sep 2016 22:30

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Role Contributor
Producer Stephen Franklin
Director Stephen Franklin
Executive Producer Juliet Rice
Participant Andrew Lloyd Webber
Participant Cameron Mackintosh
Participant Tim Rice
Participant Elaine Paige
Participant Ron Moody
Participant Bill Kenwright
Participant Sheila Hancock
Participant Harold Prince
Participant Robert Stigwood
Participant Tommy Steele
Participant Paul Nicholas
Participant Willy Russell