Thursday, January 12

Final Episode of The Story of the Musicals

Part three of this excellent series can be seen on BBC Four on Tuesday 17th January at 21:00.

The final episode of The Story of Musicals brings it up to the 90s and beyond. It covers the rise of  jukebox musicals like Mamma Mia! with Bjorn Ulvaeus and Judy Craymer telling the story of how the show was created,  and Ben Elton and Brian May revealing how We Will Rock You became a smash hit.

Pop culture invaded musical theatre with celebrities like Jason Donovan appearing in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and shows like the Jerry Springer Opera proving a step too far.

The hit movie Billy Elliot was recreated for the stage and Andrew Lloyd Webber went to the BBC to find new stars for Joseph, Oliver! and The Wizard of Oz.

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