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America's Greatest Broadway Hits

Friday Night is Music Night celebrates America's Greatest Broadway Hits with Paul Gambaccini, live from London. Plus Baylen Leonard on Broadway in the interval.

Friday Night is Music Night celebrates America's Greatest Broadway Hits with Paul Gambaccini - live from the Mermaid Theatre in London.

Every Saturday on Radio 2 Paul Gambaccini guides us through a selection of America's Greatest Hits focussing on US chart hits of the last six decades. In this special edition of Friday Night is Music Night Paul turns his attention to the greatest hits of Broadway.

Broadway - the Great White Way . Originally little more than a track - the Wickquasgeck Trail - cut by the native Americans across the swamps of Manhattan island. Today - 40 theatres on a street between 42nd and 53rd Streets make up the heart of America's theatre land.

Paul introduces Broadway hits from Jerome Kern's Showboat premiered on December 27, 1927 at the Ziegfeld Theatre and considered the first ever Broadway musical. Alongside songs from the great Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein catalogue of shows such as Oklahoma; Carousel; South Pacific and the Sound of Music. Then amongst the razzamatazz of the big home grown American musicals a big splash of Union Jack pride with hits from - Cats; Phantom of the Opera as well as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.

Mike Dixon conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra with guest vocalists - Sarah Fox; Lucy Williamson; Fra Fee and Keel Watson.

During the interval Baylen Leonard takes a virtual trip round the musical mecca called Broadway in the company of Olivier-award winning actress Leigh Zimmerman and our First Lady of Musical Theatre Elaine Paige.

The concert was first broadcast in August 2013.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

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  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Friday Night Is Music Night

    Conductor: Mike Dixon.
  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Overture: Girl Crazy

  • Lucy Williamson

    SOME PEOPLE

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Keel Watson

    OLD MAN RIVER

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Carousel Waltz

  • Fra Fee, BBC Concert Orchestra

    Younger Than Springtime

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    March of the Siamese Children

  • Sara Fox, BBC Concert Orchestra

    Climb Every Mountain

  • Fra Fee, BBC Concert Orchestra

    Something's Coming

  • Sarah Fox, BBC Concert Orchestra

    Somewhere

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Guys 'n' Dolls Selection

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Overture: The Producers

  • Lucy Williamson and the BBC Concert Orchestra

    If He Walked Into My Life

  • WATSON, KEEL & BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA

    I Got Plenty of Nuttin'

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Jellicle Ball

  • Sarah Fox, BBC Concert Orchestra

    Show Me

  • Fra Fee, BBC Concert Orchestra

    Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Overture: Fiddler on the Roof

  • Lucy Williamson and the BBC Concert Orchestra

    Send in the Clowns

  • WATSON, KEEL & BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA

    Music of the Night

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Mike Dixon

    Overture: Oklahoma

  • BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA C.B. MIKE DIXON

    Friday Night Is Music Night

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