Broadway, West End and Hollywood music. Today Elaine chats with singer/actress Maureen McGovern , whose summer-of-73 US number one The Morning After (from The
Poseidon Adventure) never charted in the UK. McGovern discusses her career and identifies her favourite musicals, from Cabaret (1966) to The Light in the Piazza (2003).
3/4. Historically significant entertainers from the worlds of cabaret, nightclub, revue and theatre. Desmond continues with actor and singer Malcolm Vaughan , who was born in 1930 in a Welsh mining village and became a singing sensation with his distinctive tenor voice. Hits include Ev'ry Day of My Life (1955), St Therese of the Roses (1956), My Special Angel (1957) and More than Ever (Come Prima) (1958).
2/4. Veteran Radio 2 broadcaster Desmond Carrington profiles historically significant entertainers from the worlds of cabaret, nightclub, revue and theatre. He continues with Anne Shelton (1923-94), who during the 1940s performed for wartime personnel across Britain and hosted the request programme Calling Matta on the BBC Overseas service. Her English-language versions of Lili Marlene proved very popular, but not quite as signficant as her 1956 number one Lay Down Your Arms, which stopped Elvis Presley 's Hound Dog from reaching number one in the UK.
Today's guest is Scottish actor and director Alan Cumming , whose CV includes big-screen successes (Eyes Wide Shut, Spy Kids, The
Anniversary Party) and Tony-winning Broadway appearances (Cabaret). And actress Sally Ann Triplett sings a song from Mamma Mia!, in which she currently stars as Donna.
Unsentimentally droll singer and songwriter Jarvis Cocker waxes lyrical about his native Sheffield in this personal diary in which the Pulp frontman recalls growing up in a sad, once thriving city. Comparisons to Detroit partly drive Cocker's thesis, which contrasts Sheffield's hardship with home-grown musical successes such as Joe Cocker, Cabaret Voltaire, the Human League and Artery. Pulp emerged in the musically rich post-punk era, which, he claims, put life back into the now rather bleak and derelict city. The programme first aired last July. Producer Kate Bland
Today's studio guest is actress
Elena Roger , who in 2006 starred in the revival of Evita and is currently appearing as Edith Piaf in the West End hit Piaf. Roger identifies her five favourite musicals, which are Singin'in the Rain
(1952), Cabaret (1966), Evita (1978), Les Misérables (1980) and Nine (1982). And the show's producer Malcolm Prince picks a song from the 1969 musical Dear World.
Another chance to hear a 2006 broadcast in which Liza Minnelli celebrates composer
John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, best known for musical hits Cabaret (1966) and Chicago (1972).
Today's guest is legendary Broadway director/producer Harold Prince (The Pajama
Game, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Follies, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera), who discusses his phenomenal multi-Tony-winning career in an interview held in New York, where he was recovering from a stroke earlier this year.
Today's special guests are successful musical collaborators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and the current
Marguerite). Each identifies his favourite musicals, including for Boublil Oliver ! (the 1968 film) and Cabaret (the 1972 film), and for Schonberg Kiss of the Spider
Woman (1992) and The Drowsy Chaperone (2001).
2/3. Continuing a tribute to actor, playwright and prolific composer Noel Coward (1899-1973), Neil Tennant explores songs performed by Coward and his hugely popular 1950s cabaret appearances at the legendary, now-defunct Desert Inn in Las Vegas, where he wowed American audiences with his quick-wittedness and tunes such as Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Play, Orchestra Play and I Like America. Veteran stage actress/singer Elaine Stritch recalls rehearsing with Coward for the 1962 London production of his last big musical, Sail Away, and reads a poignant letter he wrote to her during the run. The programme also features the songs A Bar on the Piccolo Marina and Mrs Worthington.
Showcasing the music of Broadway, the West End and Hollywood.
Theatrical producer and Everton
Football Club owner Bill Kenwright - whose current West End productions include Blood Brothers and a revival of Cabaret- identifies his five favourite musicals.
New series 1/6. Return of the panel show that sets out to prove that rock 'n' roll is the new comedy. Drummer Rowland Rivron , keyboard player Steve Brown , bass player Dave Catlin-Birch and bassist Guy Pratt are joined each week by two guests - one funny and one musical - for studio jamming. This first edition enlists the talents of Spice Girl Melanie C and cabaret comedian/performer Jackie Clune. Producer Claire Bartlett
Series showcasing the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End. Today, distinctive camp comedian and writer Julian Clary , currently starring in a West End revival of Cabaret, identifies his five favourite musicals. Choices include The Music Man (1957),
Billy (1974) and Taboo (2002), in which he portrayed performance artist Leigh Bowery.
Martin Yates conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, with actor Edward Baker-Duly , cabaret duo Kit and the Widow and the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir, live from the Watford Coliseum. Presented by Aled Jones.
4/4. Desmond Carrington profiles historically significant entertainers from the worlds of cabaret, revue and theatre. He concludes with Bermondsey-born song-and-dance man, actor and pioneering pop idol Tommy Steele , whose career now spans more than half a century. His chart hits include the 1956 number one Singing the Blues.
3/4. Desmond Carrington profiles historically significant entertainers from the worlds of cabaret, nightclub, revue and theatre. He continues with hugely successful Lancashire-born singer, comedian, banjolele player and film star
George Formby (1904-61), whose slightly risque songs were the musical equivalent of the era's saucy seaside postacards.
2/4. Desmond Carrington profiles historically significant entertainers from the worlds of cabaret, nightclub, revue and theatre. This edition showcases inimitably uninhibited singer, actress and cabaret star Eartha Kitt , who, at 80, performed a run of London shows last month. Her remarkable career is marked by a distinctive turn as the Catwoman in the mid-60s US TV series
Batman, the songs Santa Baby and Where Is My Man?, and a considerable Broadway legacy.
New series 1/4. Desmond Carrington returns with another series profiling historically significant entertainers from the worlds of cabaret, nightclub, revue and theatre.
Producer Dave Aylott
A special edition in which Richard Balcombe conducts the BBC
Concert Orchestra with popular classical foursome G4 and cabaret duo Kit and the Widow (Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Richard Sisson ).
Recorded at London's Mermaid
Theatre, with Paul Gambaccini.
6/6. Desmond Carrington profiles historically significant entertainers from the worlds of cabaret, revue and theatre. He concludes with glamorous Welsh-born singer
Dorothy Squires (1915-98), who found fame in music halls during the 1940s, sold millions of records, married and divorced actor Roger Moore and endured a career beset by litigation and financial troubles.