See an overview of the BIG EVENING OF THE NATIONAL LOTTERY MUSICALS
For one night only, the National Lottery has brought the world’s biggest musical theater acts to Manchester for a spectacular celebration which will be broadcast on BBC One this Saturday (January 29, 2022).
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Hosted by Jason Manford and filmed at Manchester’s AO Arena in front of an audience of 13,000, the National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals spotlighted the magic of live musical entertainment as theaters across the UK seek to welcome the public after a difficult period. two years. The evening also celebrated the £228m funding that has supported the performing arts and more than 2,000 theaters throughout the pandemic, all thanks to National Lottery players.
Jason Manford opened the unique event with a special rendition of Razzle Dazzle and All That Jazz, which set the stage for performances from 13 of the UK’s best-selling shows, including acts from the school of rock by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Get Up Stand Up! The musical Bob Marley and Dreamgirls.
The show was full of surprises and saw, for the very first time, the cast of FROZEN the Musical, Beauty and the Beast and Disney’s The Lion King come together for a special medley of their iconic hits. Beverley Knight also took the stage as part of her starring role in The Drifters Girl, before a stunning finale from the cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical who performed a trio of the show’s hit songs.
Jason Manford, host of the National Lottery Big Night of Musicals, said: “The National Lottery Big Night of Musicals was a truly unforgettable night and I am honored to have hosted this ‘an evening that saw some of the best West End shows and productions touring across the UK. The National Lottery has been supporting the arts for many years and I am delighted to be part of an event that has raised awareness and encouraged people to come back and see live performances once again.”
Nigel Railton, CEO of National Lottery operator Camelot, comments: “Through the players, the National Lottery has and will continue to provide vital support to the performing arts industry at a time when it needs it. most needed. Without funding, many theaters could not survive the impact of the pandemic, so this event was a way to say a big thank you to all National Lottery players who have helped keep the theater industry going. live theater. We hope this amazing show inspires many to return to their local theater and enjoy live performances again!”
The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals airs on BBC One this Saturday (January 29, 2022) at 7 p.m. Performances from the event will also be shown on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday 30 January, from 1pm to 3pm, and will be available live and for 30 days afterwards on BBC iPlayer.