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Ed Balls on Musical Theatre

From Strictly's polished dance floor to the equally glamorous world of musical theatre, Ed Balls embarks on his latest post-political adventure for BBC Radio 2.

From Strictly's polished dance floor to the equally glamourous world of musical theatre, Ed Balls embarks on his latest post political adventure for BBC Radio 2.

During the course of his exploration of all things musicals, Ed looks at the recent phenomenon of socially aware shows that are playing to mass audiences. These include the Pulitzer Prize winning Hamilton which opened on the 6th of December at the newly revamped Victoria Palace.

He'll also be talking to performers including his former Strictly sparring partners Lesley Joseph (currently appearing in Young Frankenstein) and Danny Mac who is in the middle of an extensive UK tour with Sunset Boulevard. He also goes backstage at London's Piccadilly Theatre to compare notes with Craig Revel Horwood. Craig has recently been juggling his judging commitments as Strictly Come Dancing's 'Mr Nasty' along with playing the equally unwelcoming Miss Hannigan in Annie. Typecasting perhaps?

Ed also receives a masterclass from that doyen of producers and legendary impresario Bill Kenwright on achieving just the right mix of ingredients to create a hit show. He also learns about the business side of staging musicals as well as the risks involved.

And Miranda Hart will be dropping by to compare notes with Ed on their favourite musicals and to discover which of them enjoyed the best Sound of Music guided tour during their pilgrimages to Salzburg.

Plus the best sounds from musicals old and new including Annie, The Lion King, Les Miserables, Godspell, Rent, Dreamgirls and Blood Brothers.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Last on

New Year's Day 2018 15:00

Music Played

  • Wallace Smith

    Prepare Ye

    • Godspell: 40th Anniversary Celebration.
    • Masterworks Broadway.
  • Carole Shelley & Idina Menzel

    The Wizard & I

    • Wicked: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Decca Broadway.
  • Cameron Diaz & Bobby Cannavale

    Easy Street

    • Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Roc Nation.
  • Marcia Hines

    I Don't Know How To Love Him

    • Live Across Australia.
    • Castle.
  • Jennifer Holliday

    And I Am Telling You

    • Best of Jennifer Holliday.
    • Geffen.
  • Les Miserables - 10th Anniversary Cast

    One Day More

    • Les Miserables: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
    • First Night ENCOREC 8.
  • Sally Dexter & Jonathan Pryce

    I'd Do Anything

    • Oliver! 1994 London Palladium Cast Recording.
    • First Night CASTCD 4.
  • Anthony Rapp


    • Rent: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Universal.
  • Kathy Bates

    Little Girls

    • Annie: Original TV Soundtrack 1999.
    • Sony.
  • Julie Andrews & Bill Lee

    Something Good

    • The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack.
    • RCA.
  • Julie Andrews


    • The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack.
    • RCA.
  • Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo & Jasmine Cephas‐Jones

    The Schuyler Sisters

    • Hamilton: An American Musical.
    • Atlantic.
  • A Chorus Line: The Cast

    A Chorus Line: One

    • A Chorus Line: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • BGO.
  • Nikki Blonsky & Zac Efron

    You Can't Stop The Beat

    • Hairspray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Universal.
  • Elena Roger & Philip Quast

    I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You

    • Evita: 2006 Cast Recording.
    • Warner.
  • Jason Donovan

    Any Dream Will Do

    • Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoa.
    • Polydor.
  • West Side Story Ensemble


    • West Side Story: New Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Sony.
  • Cilla Black

    Anyone Who Had A Heart

    • 35th Anniversary Edition.
    • EMI Gold.
  • Barbara Dickson

    Tell Me It's Not True

    • The Best of Barbara Dickson.
    • Sony.
  • The Cast of Matilda

    When I Grow Up

    • Matilda The Musical.
    • RSC Enterprise.
  • Sophie-Louise Dann

    In An Ideal World

    • Made In Dagenham The Musical.
    • Stage Entertainment UK.
  • Andrea Martin

    He Vas My Boyfriend

    • Young Frankenstein.
    • Universal.
  • The Ensemble - Young Frankenstein

    Puttin' On The Ritz

    • Young Frankenstein.
    • Universal.
  • Mel Brooks

    Springtime for Hitler

    • The Producers.
    • Sony.
  • The Lion King: Original Broadway Cast

    Circle of Life

    • The Lion King: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Walt Disney.
  • Republica

    Ready To Go

    • Live Forever (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.