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PREVIEW: Musicals - The Greatest Show, BBC One

Musicals: The Greatest Show is a celebration of the nation’s favourite songs and performers from the world of musical theatre.

Hosted by multi-award winning performer Sheridan Smith, Musicals: The Greatest Show puts the songs, the shows, and the stars, back on stage at the world famous London Palladium in this celebration of Musical Theatre.

Highlights include Amanda Holden and Sheridan Smith performing I Know Him So Well from Chess. The song, originally performed by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson, reached Number 1 in the UK Pop Charts in 1985 and remains the best-selling song by a female duo.

Nicole Scherzinger sings Never Enough from The Greatest Showman, with her performance recorded in Los Angeles; Gavin Spokes, from the West End production of Hamilton, performs You’ll Be Back; Michael Ball performs You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray; Sheridan Smith performs Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny Girl; an exclusive first performance by Ivano Turco of Only You, Lonely You from Cinderella (which is due to open in London in 2021); the cast of SIX The Musical performing SIX; Ramin Karimloo sings The Music Of The Night from The Phantom Of The Opera.

The three West End lead actors of MAMMA MIA! - Mazz Murray, Kate Graham and Jo Napthine - perform Dancing Queen; Aisha Jawando of the West End production of TINA, The Tina Turner Musical performs The Best; Layton Williams performs The Wall In My Head from Everybody's Talking About Jamie; members of the West End Cast of Dear Evan Hansen perform You Will Be Found; Nicole Raquel Dennis performs a powerhouse performance of And I Am Telling You from Dreamgirls.

The show culminates with Kerry Ellis singing Defying Gravity from Wicked, and Jac Yarrow performing Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, alongside viewers who have submitted their own rendition!

Plus international superstar Idina Menzel talks to West End legend Elaine Paige, and the BBC Concert Orchestra are joined by a chorus made up of some of the West End’s current crop of leading performers.

First broadcast as part of Radio 2 Celebrates Musicals at the end of January, you can listen to the two-hour radio show - with exclusive performances from Elaine Paige and Josh Groban - on BBC Sounds. The TV programme will be available on BBC iPlayer for a year after broadcast.

Musicals The Greatest Show airs Sunday 7th February at 7:40pm on BBC One.


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