Craig Revel Horwood
Craig Revel Horwood reflects on his life on stage as a choreographer and director, with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Richard Balcombe and a variety of musical theatre performers.
Friday Night is Music Night presented by Craig Revel Horwood. Strictly's Mr Nasty reflects on a life upon the wicked stage.
From October to Christmas - Craig Revel Horwood enters our homes every Saturday and Sunday night as he judges the contestants of BBC 1's Strictly Come Dancing. His catchphrases are iconic -" Fab-u-lous! A-ma-zing!"
Equally memorable are his put downs: -
"It was a dance di-sah-ster dahling."
"The only good thing about that was the end."
"It's meant to be the dance of love, but that seemed to be the dance of desperation."
And to his old sparing partner and friend Ann Widdecombe " It was all a bit local authority dahling."
Tonight we discover that his role as a Strictly Come Dancing judge is just a tiny part of the contribution he has made to the world of dance and musical theatre over the last 30 years. He's worked as a performer, a choreographer and as director on the likes of Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, Fiddler on the Roof,Guys and Dolls, Cats, Spend, Spend, Spend, Copacabana, Chess, Calamity Jane, Crazy for You, South Pacific, My One and Only and Sunset Boulevard....the list goes on.
Craig was born in Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. Early career highs in Australia included parts in West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles and Me and My Girl. He also appeared as Lavish - a trumpet playing, tap dancing drag act with a penchant for belting out Whitney Houston songs. After a period at the Paris Lido Craig finally came and settled to live and work in the UK. He was Munkustrap in Cats and cast as a GI in Miss Saigon but was later to return as its resident director. He's a regular panto wicked queen and has just completed a UK tour as Miss Hannigan in Annie.
Tonight, Craig is rejoined by musical theatre performers he has worked with over the years including Alison Jiear, Ria Jones, Emma Kershaw, Matt Rawle and Michael Dore plus a guest appearance by chart toppers Jack Pack. The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by Richard Balcombe.
First broadcast in December 2015.