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Presented by Ed Balls. No leotard. No Gangnam Style. Just an evening of glorious music from the world of musical theatre illustrated by casts and stars of the West End stage.

Ed Balls - the Chairman of Norwich City Football Club, former Shadow Chancellor and Strictly contestant – presents a concert devoted to his favourite passion – musicals.

Ed Balls loves musicals – it’s official. So tonight we let him loose on Radio 2 ‘s weekly music showcase – Friday Night is Music Night - to indulge his passion and introduce some of his favourites moments from musical theatre.

The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by Richard Balcombe and Ed is joined by musical theatre's finest : - Sophie Louise Dann, Ria Jones, Danny Mac, Rachel Tucker and Michael Xavier. There'll also be performances from cast members hot-footing from their theatre shows to perform a song or two. Moya Angela from Dreamgirls performs And I'm Telling You; Disney’s Aladdin - Matthew Croke performs Proud of Your Boy by Alan Menken; and the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly line up to perform the delightful When I Grow Up .

Ria Jones and Danny Mac recreate their roles as Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis from the UK tour of Sunset Boulevard( Lloyd Webber); Rachel Tucker dons the green face paint for Defying Gravity from Wicked(Schwartz) and Sophie-Louise Dann dons the twin set and pearls to portray Labour legend Barbara Castle from the David Arnold musical Made in Dagenham. Ed recalls meeting Baroness Castle of Blackburn in 1996. “She was as formidable and scary in private as she was in public. She gave Gordon Brown and myself a right ticking off!”

The concert also includes music from Gypsy(Jule Styne); Les Miserables(Schonberg and Boublil) Jesus Christ Superstar(Lloyd Webber) The Producers(Mel Brooks) Guys and Dolls(Loesser) Sweet Charity(Cy Coleman); Company(Sondheim) My Fair Lady(Loewe) and Ed’s all time favourite The Sound of Music(Rodgers).

And if you think the Ed’s love of musicals is just his guilty pleasure during the interval he takes a look at how the world of musicals and politics often collide - with examples from Hamilton, Evita, Stephen Ward, Iolanthe and Annie.

Concert recorded at the Hackney Empire 19th September.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Gypsy: Overture

  • Michael Xavier & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Les Misérables: Bring Him Home

  • Cast of Matilda the Musical & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Matilda: When I Grow Up

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Danny McMillan & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Sunset Boulevard

  • Ria Jones & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Sunset Boulevard: As If We Never Said Goodbye

  • Rachel Tucker & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Wicked: Defying Gravity

  • Moya Angela & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Dreamgirls: And I Am Telling You

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Carousel: The Carousel Waltz

  • Original London Company Of Les Miserables

    Do You Hear The People Sing

    • Les Miserables: The Original 1985 London Cast Recording.
    • Exallshow.
    • 17.
  • Original Company of Billy Elliot

    Once We Were Kings

  • Jonathan Groff

    You'll Be Back

    • Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording CD 1 (PG Advisory).
    • Atlantic.
    • 7.
  • Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth

    Defying Gravity

    • Wicked A New Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Decca Broadway.
    • 11.
  • The Original Come From Away Company

    Welcome To The Rock

    • Come From Away.
    • The Musical Company.
    • 1.
  • Jenn Colella & Company of Come From Away

    38 Planes (Reprise) / Somewhere In The Middle Of Nowhere

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    The Producers: Overture

  • Sophie-Louise Dann & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Made in Dagenham: Ideal World

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Sweet Charity: Overture

  • Matthew Croke & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Aladdin: Proud Of Your Boy

  • Rachel Tucker & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Company: Being Alive

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    My Fair Lady: Selection

  • Danny McMillan & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Guys And Dolls: Luck Be A Lady

  • Rachel Tucker, Michael Xavier, Sophie-Louise Dann & BBC Concert Orchestra

    The Sound Of Music: Medley

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    High Adventure (Friday Night Is Music Night Sig Tune)


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