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Something's Coming

Neil explores how a new generation of composers transformed musical theatre by embracing more gritty, challenging subjects, from West Side Story to Oliver!

Series in which composer Neil Brand explores how musical theatre evolved over the last 100 years to become today's global phenomenon. Neil hears the inside story from leading composers and talent past and present, and recreates classic songs, looking in detail at how these work musically and lyrically to captivate the audience.

In the second episode, Neil explores how a new generation of composers transformed musical theatre by embracing more gritty, challenging subjects, from the mean streets of 1950s New York in West Side Story, to the Dickensian London of British blockbuster Oliver!. Neil learns the stories behind Broadway hits Fiddler on the Roof and A Chorus Line, and celebrates the groundbreaking work of Stephen Sondheim. He also takes us step by step through the secrets of some classic numbers with the help of star performers Robert Lindsay and Frances Ruffelle.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Members of the Cast

    One (Slowfox)

  • 00:05

    Max Goberman's Orchestra

    Overture/Prologue

  • 00:06

    Soundtrack/Cast Album

    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

  • 00:12

    Johnny Green, Tucker Smith and The Jets

    Cool (Tucker Smith, Jets)

  • 00:13

    Members of the Cast

    Dance At The Gym

  • 00:15

    Russ Conway

    Fings Ain't What They Used To Be

  • 00:16

    Russ Conway

    Fings Ain't What They Used To Be

  • 00:16

    Martin Horsey, Keith Hampshire & Marcus Dods

    Consider Yourself

  • 00:27

    Milton Greene

    To Life

  • 00:39

    Adon Olam

    Fiddler On The Roof

  • 00:39

    Liza Minnelli & Joel Grey

    Money Money

  • 00:40

    Ronnie Dyson

    Aquarius (from Hair)

    From Hair

  • 00:40

    Stephen Sondheim & Jule Styne

    Overture to Gypsy

  • 00:51

    Company

    I Hope I Get It

  • 00:55

    A Chorus Line Ensemble, Don Pippin

    Montage Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love (Album Version)

  • 00:57

    Company

    One (Reprise)/Finale

  • 00:58

    Claude‐Michel Schönberg

    Work Song

    From Les Miserables

  • 00:59

    Chita Rivera, Marilyn Cooper

    America

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Neil Brand
Producer Richard Sharman
Director Richard Sharman
Executive Producer John Das
Interviewed Guest Robert Lindsay
Interviewed Guest Frances Ruffelle

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