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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.

1 hour, 57 minutes

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  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Friday Night Is Music Night Opening Sig Tune

    Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe

    OVERTURE: WESTSIDE STORY

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Michael Dore

    I Am What I Am

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe

    I LOVE PARIS

  • Alison Jiear, Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Matt Rawle

    SUN AND MOON

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Jack Pack

    LIGHT MY FIRE

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe

    STRIKE UP THE BAND

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Emma Kershaw

    Adelaide's Lament

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Michael Dore

    LUCK BE A LADY

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Ria Jones

    BROADWAY BABY

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe

    OVERTURE: ANYTHING GOES

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe

    JELLICLE BALL

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Ria Jones

    MEMORY

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Matt Rawle

    Here Comes The Morning

  • Alison Jiear & Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe

    I GOT RHYTHM

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Jack Pack

    Lazy River

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe

    Overture: Sweet Charity

  • Alison Jiear, Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Emma Kershaw

    I KNOW HIM SO WELL

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe

    Dancing In The Dark

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Michael Dore

    Copacabana

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Emma Kershaw

    EMBRACEABLE YOU

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Matt Rawle

    Sunset Boulevard

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Ria Jones

    AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE

  • Bbc Concert Orchestra C/b Richard Balcombe & Jack Pack

    My Way

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Friday Night Is Music Night Closing Sig Tune

    Conductor: Richard Balcombe.

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Performer BBC Concert Orchestra

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