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Paul O'Grady - My Life Upon the Wicked Stage

Paul O'Grady presents a special concert featuring some of his favourite music live from the Mermaid Theatre in London.

Friday Night Is Music Night - "My Life Upon the Wicked Stage". Paul O'Grady presents a special concert featuring some of his favourite music live from the Mermaid Theatre in London.

One of Britain's best loved entertainers, Paul was born on 14th June 1955 in St Catherine's Hospital, Birkenhead, and he has woven his career through a variety of jobs. These include civil servant, barman, carer, drag act ,actor, TV presenter and radio presenter here on Radio 2.

In his teens Paul was a keen member of his local amateur dramatic society - the Unity Youth Theatre. Lily Savage made her first steps on the boards on 7th October 1978 at the Black Cap pub in Camden Town. For her debut act she mimed to a Barbra Streisand record - Nobody Makes a Pass at Me, from a show called Pins and Needles by Harold Rome.

Paul went on to play a number of roles on the West End stage - including Miss Hannigan in Annie and the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

In tonight's Friday Night is Music Night he's let loose with conductor Mike Dixon and the 60 piece BBC Concert Orchestra to present a selection of his favourite music - with a dash of comedy thrown in.

So expect musical theatre with a bit of classical and opera too. The programme includes selections from the Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne musical Gypsy and the theme to Paul's all time favourite television show - The Avengers.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    Friday Night Is Music Night

    (Williams)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    Gypsy Overture

    (Styne)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    The Slipper And The Rose Waltz

    (Sherman & Sherman)

  • Jimmy Johnston

    Luck Be A Lady

    (Loesser) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    Annie - Selection

    (Strouse)

  • Charles Mutter (Violin)

    Meditation - Thais

    (Massenet) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon)

  • Rosemary Ashe

    I'm The Greatest Star

    (Styne/Merrill) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    South Pacific Overture

    (Rodgers)

  • Jacqui Dankworth

    A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

    (Strachey/Sherwin/Maschwitz) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon)

  • Rosemary Ashe & Jimmy Johnston

    The Song That Goes Like This (Spamalot)

    (Idle/Du Prez) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    The Avengers Suite

    (Johnson)

  • Jimmy Johnston

    Till There Was You

    (Willson) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon)

  • Jacqui Dankworth

    Please Answer

    (Dankworth) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    Murder On The Orient Express Waltz

    (Bennett)

  • Rosemary Ashe

    Hurry Up It's Lovely Up Here

    (Lane/Lerner) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    In A Monastery Garden

    (Ketelbey)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    James Bond Selection

    (Barry/Norman)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra/Mike Dixon

    Friday Night Is Music Night

    (Williams)

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