Monday 18 October 2010


Tonight, my Radio 2 documentary series, The Musical, reaches its penultimate episode with an episode entitled (from a number in 42nd Street) 'We're in the Money' in which Julia McKenzie (who's starred in a good few musicals in her time) lifts the lid on the branding and merchandising of the stage musical from Gilbert & Sullivan through the classics of Rodgers and Hammerstein to the shows composed or staged by those omnipresent, international brand-leaders Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh and Disney.

Setting the mood for the programme is a sharply satirical number – with more than a grain of truth to it – from Curtains, a musical written by the composers of Cabaret, John Kander and Fred Ebb. The song is called – 'It's a Business'...

The Musical is broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 10:00 pm and can be heard for the next seven days via the BBC iPlayer.

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