The Anatomy Of The Musical

Episodes

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01The Opener2006100320061007
20100712 (BBC7)
20110315 (BBC7)
20120218 (BBC7)

Russell Davies looks at what makes a good musical and shows how first songs set the tone musically, in lyrics and in staging.

Russell Davies shows how first songs set the tone musically, in lyrics and in staging.

From Kiss Me Kate to Chicago, the first song has to set the tone of the production musically, lyrically and in terms of staging.

Russell Davies investigates.

02The Love Song2006101020061014
20100713 (BBC7)
20110322 (BBC7)
20120225 (BBC7)

Examining successful musicals, Russell Davies asks how lyricists avoid cliches to preserve sentiment without sentimentality.

How lyricists avoid cliches to preserve sentiment without sentimentality.

Russell Davies examines how lyricists have tried to avoid the clich退 'preserving the sentiment without sentimentality'.

03 LASTThe Take Home Number2006101720061021
20100714 (BBC7)
20110329 (BBC7)
20120303 (BBC7)

Examining successful musicals, Russell Davies looks at the necessity of hit numbers - and songs that live on when a show ends.

Russell Davies on the necessity of hit numbers - and songs that live on when a show ends.

Russell Davies looks at songs which live on after the show itself is a fading memory.