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Monday, January 2

The Story of Musicals Series on BBC4

I have seen some trailers for what looks to be a very good three part series on The Story of Musicals.  It starts on BBC Four television tomorrow night (3rd January) at 21:00 for an hour, and then the following Tuesdays 10th and 17th January at the same time.

It  tells how the British musical became a driving force behind musical theatre around the world .  Tonight's episode looks at how  British musicals went on to reclaim the West End from American domination just after the Second World War. . Highlights include  The Boyfriend and its failure to conquer Broadway, the riches to rags story of Lionel Bart's Oliver! and the partnership between Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber from  Jesus Christ Superstar to Evita.

Featuring contributions from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Tim Rice, Elaine Paige, Ron Moody, Bill Kenwright, Sheila Hancock, Harold Prince, Robert Stigwood, Tommy Steele, Paul Nicholas, John Barrowman and Willy Russell.

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