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Ed Balls sits in

He’s scaled Mt Kilimanjaro, survived Trumpland and salsa-ed Gangnam Style. Now he takes on his next challenge as he becomes Elaine Paige – for one Sunday only!

Dad, cook, pianist, retired Strictly dancer and Cabinet minister - Ed Balls loves musicals - it's official! He's seen "Wicked" 8 or is it 9 times? He's fascinated by "Hamilton" and never misses a showing of his favourite ever musical - Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music". So for one Sunday only we let him loose on Radio 2 ‘s weekly stage and screen show to indulge his passion and introduce some of his favourites moments from musical theatre and the silver screen.

Ed will be live in the studio - so please share your musical memories and favourites with him by text 88291 or by email

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Ethel Merman

    There's No Business Like Show Business

    • Thanks For The Memory.
    • Decca.
    • 18.
  • The Children And Christopher Plummer (The Captain)

    The Sound Of Music

    • The Sound Of Music.
    • 10.
  • Barbara Dickson

    Blood Brothers: Tell Me It's Not True

    • The Best Musicals In The World.. Ever! CD1.
    • 12.
  • Meryl Streep

    Slipping Through My Fingers (feat. Amanda Seyfried)

    • Mamma Mia! (The Movie Soundtrack).
    • Polydor.
    • 12.
  • Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble

    This Is Me

    • The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Atlantic.
    • 7.
  • Tsidii Le Loka & Ensemble

    Circle Of Life

    • The Lion King: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Walt Disney.
    • 1.
  • Jim Bryant, Marni Nixon, Betty Wand, The Jets, The Sharks


    • West Side Story: Original Sound Track Recording (Complete).
    • 12.
  • Jason Donovan

    Close Every Door To Me

    • Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat.
    • Polydor.
  • David Tomlinson And Dick Van Dyke

    Let's Go Fly A Kite

    • Classic Disney Volume 2.
    • 14.
  • Robert Goulet

    If Ever I Would Leave You

    • Camelot.
    • CBS Masterworks.
  • Queen Latifah

    I Know Where I've Been

    • Hairspray.
    • Universal Music Operations Ltd.
    • 13.
  • Boston Pops Orchestra

    42nd Street

    • Tony and Oscar.
    • Boston Pops Music.
  • Idina Menzel & Kristen Chenoweth

    Defying Gravity

    • Wicked A New Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Decca Broadway.
    • 11.
  • Tom Jones


    • The Best Of James Bond 30th Anniversa.
    • EMI.
  • Amber Riley

    And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

    • Dreamgirls: Original London Cast Recording CD1.
    • Masterworks Broadway.
    • 15.
  • Members of the Cast

    38 Planes/Somewhere Out of Nowhere

    • Come From Away.
    • Molly Records.
  • Jimmy Durante

    Hello, Young Lovers

    • As Time Goes By: The Best Of Jimmy Durante.
    • 7.
  • Original Company of Billy Elliot

    Once We Were Kings

    • Billy Elliot: Original Cast Recording.
    • Polydor Records.
    • 13.
  • Frank Sinatra

    I've Never Been In Love Before

    • Sinatra 65.
  • Philippa Soo


    • Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording (PG Advisory) CD2.
    • Hamilton Uptown Under Exclusive License To Altantic Recording Corporation.
    • 15.
  • Lea Salonga (Kim), Refugees

    I'd Give My Life For You

    • Miss Saigon CD2.
    • 3.
  • Liza Minnelli

    Maybe This Time

    • Music From The Original Soundtrack Recording: Cabaret.
    • 4.
  • Bill Shirley

    On The Street Where You Live

    • My Fair Lady(soundtrack).
    • Sony Masterworks.
  • Gary Morris, Michael Ball, Tracy Shayne, Debra Byrne & Kaho Shimada

    Epilogue (Finale)

    • Les Miserables: The Complete Symphonic Recording CD3.
    • 14.
  • The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

    You'll Never Walk Alone

    • Greatest Hits.
    • Sony Masterworks.