BBC musicals extravaganza to ‘bring some joy’ to audiences locked out of theatres

<p>Sheridan Smith</p> (Dave Benett)

Sheridan Smith

(Dave Benett)

The BBC is putting on a musical extravaganza from the West End to ‘bring some joy’ to audiences locked out of theatres.

Actress Sheridan Smith will host Musicals: The Greatest Show, which will go out on Radio 2 and BBC One, from the London Palladium.

She will also join with Amanda Holden to sing a duet of I Know Him So Well from Chess, with other performances including former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger performing Never Enough from The Greatest Showman.

Nicole ScherzingerGetty Images
Nicole ScherzingerGetty Images

Smith says: “I’m thrilled to be hosting this wonderful show from The London Palladium for Radio 2 and BBC One. With so many amazing performers we’re going to hopefully bring some joy to all those at home, with the best songs to help lift the spirits in these very difficult times.”

Other musicals that will feature include Hamilton, Hairspray and Funny Girl as well as a performance of a song from the musical Cinderella which is due to open in London this year. Performers taking part include Michael Ball, Ramin Karimloo, Jac Yarrow and Sam Tutty, the breakout star of Dear Evan Hansen.

The show will be broadcast on Sunday January 31 on Radio 2 and on TV in February.

Wider programming includes Elaine Paige presenting a chart of the 20 most popular musical tracks voted for by listeners and BBC Four documentaries on the making of West Side Story as well as profiles of impresarios Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The iPlayer will have the original documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, which inspired the hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as well as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers classics Top Hat, The Sky’s The Limit and A Damsel In Distress.