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20060521

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's essential musical is Yentl, adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story The Yeshiva Boy.

20060528

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week, she plays a selection of classic show tunes and popular movie songs requested by listeners.

20060604

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

The essential musical is Robert and Elizabeth, by Ron Grainer and Ronald Miller, which was a hit in 1964 with Keith Michell.

20060611

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

She previews the 60th Tony Awards, which celebrate excellence in theatre and occur on Broadway tonight.

20060618

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

She takes a look at Gigi, based on the 1945 novel by French writer Colette.

The show was adapted for the big screen in 1958 by director Vincente Minnelli.

Featuring the music and lyrics of Lerner and Loewe, Gigi starred Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier and includes the ever popular songs: Thank Heaven For Little Girls, The Night They Invented Champagne and Say A Prayer For Me Tonight, originally written for My Fair Lady.

20060625

This week's Essential Musical is 'The Pajama Game'.

Inspired by Richard Bissel's novel, '7½ Cents', this show, which debuted on Broadway in 1954 starring John Raitt, has recently been revived there starring Harry Connick Junior.

In today's show, Elaine features exclusive tracks from the new cast recording including Hey There, I'm Not At All In Love, and Hernando's Hideaway.

20060702

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

She plays some classics from the Disney song book as well as selections from Cars, the new Pixar movie.

20060709

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

The featured musical is High Society, with the classic Cole Porter songs, True Love and Well Did You Evah.

20060716

This week, Elaine's Essential Musical is 'Fame'.

First released in 1980 and directed by Alan Parker, the success of the movie and its Oscar-winning title song led to a long running TV series that was shown around the world.

'Fame - The Musical' premiered at the Cambridge Theatre in London in July 1995 and was seen by three and a half million people in the UK before it closing in April 2006.

The stage musical has toured North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and a new UK tour is planned for late 2006.

20060723

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's Essential Musical is Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, which tells the story of eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, and his two children, Jemima and Jeremy, as they try to outwit the dastardly Baron and the evil Child Catcher.

Based on the classic 1968 film, Ian Fleming's children's story became a huge success when it opened in London in 2002.

Nominated for three Olivier Awards and winning Best Musical in the 2003 Variety Club Awards, the original London stage production of Chitty broke every record at the London Palladium.

The musical features the work of composers Robert and Richard Sherman, and today's programme will feature the songs Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain, and the Oscar-nominated title song.

Plus, the competition, Forbidden Broadway and a selection of listener requests.

20060730

This week's Essential Musical is 1950's Call Me Madam.

Composed by Irving Berlin for legendary entertainer Ethel Merman, the show gave her Broadway's first musical hit of the decade.

Set in mythical "Lichtenburg," Merman's character was based on Perle Mesta, a real-life Democratic party fundraiser who was named ambassador to Luxembourg.

The show spoofed America's then penchant for lending billions to other countries and although the book is a bit dated for today's audiences, the score is filled with timeless numbers.

Merman later enjoyed her greatest film triumph when she recreated her original role in the 1953 big screen adaptation directed by Walter Lang.

Key songs: 'The Hostess With The Mostes', 'You're Just In Love', and 'It's A Lovely Day Today'.

Plus, the competition, 'Forbidden Broadway' and a selection of requests.

20060806

This week's Essential Musical is 'Pippin', 'a pop enthused fantasia about the rebel son of a medieval ruler'.

The show was a massive hit when it opened on Broadway in 1972, picking up 11 Tony Award nominations, winning five, including two for Bob Fosse for his direction and choreography, and one for Ben Vereen as Best Actor.

Featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, the show ran for five years and an astonishing 1,944 performances at Broadway's Imperial Theatre.

Schwartz has since said that 'Pippin' should be considered as a 'time capsule', the work, as he puts it, of an 'idealistic kid' in an era of social turmoil.

Featured songs include: 'Corner of the Sky', 'Spread a Little Sunshine' and 'Magic To Do'.

Also this week, 'Forbidden Broadway' pokes fun at Barbra Streisand, the competition and a selection of requests.

20060813

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway and the West End with her 100th broadcast for BBC Radio 2 with an extra special selection of showtunes.

20060820

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

The Essential Musical is Calamity Jane, a Warner Bros movie released in 1953, which starred Doris Day and Howard Keel.

20060827

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week, another chance to hear Elaine's interview with Broadway star Angela Lansbury.

20060903

This week, Elaine's Essential Musical is Me and My Girl.

Commissioned by music hall star and comic actor Lupino Lane, Me and My Girl opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London 1937.

It was a massive hit, running for over 1,600 performances and becoming the first musical to be broadcast on television in 1939.

Featuring the classic Noel Gay songs The Lambeth Walk, Leaning on a Lamp Post and Me and My Girl, the show was revived in 1985, running for eight years at the Adelphi Theatre in London, and then for over 1,400 performances on Broadway.

20060910

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

The Essential Musical is Broadway hit Wicked, which tells the story of the witches from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Including the hit songs Defying Gravity, Popular and I'm Not a Girl.

20060917

Last night, Graham Norton revealed the new Maria for the London revival of The Sound of Music, so in today's show, Elaine tells the story behind this most beloved musical.

The Sound of Music began life in 1958 and ultimately became one of the most successful shows in history (both on stage and on film).

Elaine's programme features contributions from Mary Rodgers (daughter of composer Richard Rodgers), film director Robert Wise, impresario Cameron Mackintosh and Broadway director Hal Prince.

Featuring the original Broadway cast recording (1959) starring Mary Martin, the 1965 film version (with Julie Andrews) and the 1998 Broadway revival starring Rebecca Luker as Maria.

Plus, the competition and another number from Forbidden Broadway.

20060924

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week, Elaine takes a look at the movie-musical career of Elvis Presley.

In the course of 13 years he made 31 films, releasing at least two a year from 1961 to 1969.

Eleven of his movie soundtracks made it into the top 10, with GI Blues and Blue Hawaii literally spending years on the charts.

This show features many of Elvis' memorable movie themes including Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas.

The programme features an exclusive interview with composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who wrote songs for Elvis' early films.

20061001

This week's Essential Musical is Nine.

Freely adapted from Frederico Fellini's 1963 movie Eight And A Half, this 1982 show featured a book by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.

Originally directed by Tommy Tune, the musical picked up four Tony Awards including best score, which featured the songs Be On Your Own, Unusual Way and Be Italian all of which feature in today's programme.

Plus, the competition and another number from Forbidden Broadway.

20061008

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Today marks the day Les Miserables becomes the world's longest-running musical, and tomorrow is the 20th birthday of The Phantom of the Opera.

To mark these milestones, Elaine takes a closer look at two of the most popular Essential Musicals, and we hear from producer, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, about why these British shows have become world-wide hits.

To celebrate these anniversaries, Elaine has recorded Bring Him Home from Les Miz, and All I Ask of You from Phantom, especially for today's show.

Plus, the competition and another number from 'Forbidden Broadway'.

20061015

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

The Essential Musical is Monty Python's Spamalot, based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

20061022

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

She takes a look at the work of lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, now celebrating 50 years of success.

20061029

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

The Essential Musical is Dreamgirls, loosely based on the stories of the Supremes and Etta James

20061105

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

The Essential Musical is Piaf, written by Pam Gems.

It tells the story of French chanteuse Edith Piaf.

20061112

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

The Essential Musical is Mame, first staged on Broadway in 1966 featuring words and music by Jerry Herman.

20061119

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

20061126

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's essential musical is The Band Wagon, featuring such gems as That's Entertainment and Triplets.

20061203

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's Essential Musical is the multi-award-winning Billy Elliot, inspired by the movie by Lee Hall

20061210

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

In a Disney special, she delves into the Disney songbook and plays classic numbers.

20061217

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End and presents a seasonal special including music from The Muppet Christmas Carol and Scrooge: The Musical.

20070107
20070114

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

The featured Essential Musical is Jekyll and Hyde.

With music by Frank Wildhorn and a book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, the musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel took nearly 17 years to make it to the Broadway stage.

Featuring the songs This Is the Moment, A New Life and We Still Have Time, the show ran for over 1,500 performances in New York and productions have been mounted all over the world.

20070121

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's essential musical is State Fair, Rodgers and Hammerstein's idealistic slice of Americana.

The only score the team wrote especially for a film, State Fair later became a stage musical in 1992.

Songs include It's A Grand Night for Singing, It Might As Well Be Spring and the celebratory Our State Fair.

20070128

Paul O'Grady sits in for Elaine for the first of two programmes.

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End, Paul pays particular attention to his favourite British musicals and features a composer of the week.

Including Play With Paul, a special live phone-in competition in which two listeners test their knowledge of musical theatre.

20070204

Paul O'Grady sits in for Elaine for the second of two programmes.

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End, Paul pays particular attention to his favourite British musicals and features a composer of the week.

Including Play With Paul, a special live phone-in competition in which two listeners test their knowledge of musical theatre.

20070225

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine presents a special to coincide with the 79th Academy Awards, featuring Oscar-nominated songs and scores.

20070311

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's essential musical is Martin Guerre by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.

20070318

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's essential musical is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's Tell Me on a Sunday.

20070325

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine features a special selection of performances from 'Forbidden Broadway', the long-running New York revue that pokes fun at musical theatre.

20070401

Elaine features hits from 'The Greatest Essential Musicals' - as voted by Radio 2 listeners.

Including The Sound of Music, Evita, Mack and Mabel, Showboat and Sweeney Todd.

20070415

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine begins a new regular feature in which a special guest reveals a favourite Essential Musical.

The star of The Sound of Music, Connie Fisher, pops in to chat about Jerry Herman's Mack and Mabel, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's The Beautiful Game and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.

20070422

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine is joined by composer and musical supervisor, Gareth Valentine, who chooses his own selection of Essential Musicals.

They include Kiss of The Spiderwoman and Chicago.

20070429

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine is joined by Lisa O'Hare, who is currently starring as Mary Poppins in the West End.

20070506

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine is joined by legendary choreography Gillian Lynne who reveals her favourite Essential Musicals.

Gillian's Essential Musicals include South Pacific, West Side Story, The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd, A Chorus Line and The Phantom of the Opera.

20070513

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine is joined by photographer Michael Le Poer Trench, whose Essential Musicals include Annie Get Your Gun.

20070520

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's special guest is writer, actor, comedienne and producer, Victoria Wood.

The comic's Essential Musicals include High Society, Pacific Overtures and Mack and Mabel.

20070527

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's special guest is Nick Bromley, company manager for the London Palladium production of The Sound of Music.

Nick's Essential Musicals include My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera and Irma La Douce.

20070603

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's guest is actress Hannah Waddingham, who has appeared in many musicals including Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Grease, Tonight's the Night and Bad Girls the Musical.

Hannah's Essential Musicals include Rent, Annie and The Beautiful Game.

20070610

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine previews the 61st Annual Tony Awards, which take place tonight on Broadway, and her guest is stage actress Linzi Hateley, whose Essential Musicals include Rent, The Secret Garden and Mamma Mia.

20070617

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine is joined by Tony Award winner Bob Martin.

Bob co-wrote the book of The Drowsy Chaperone and is currently starring in the West End production as the Man in the Chair.

The show tells the story of a die-hard musical theatre fan who drops the needle on his favourite album only to find it burst to life in his living room.

Bob's Essential Musicals include The Music Man (1957), Salad Days (1954) and Kiss Me Kate (1948).

20070624

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine is joined by actress Claire Sweeney.

Her Essential Musicals include Blood Brothers (1983), Dreamgirls (1981) and Funny Girl (1964).

20070701

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine is joined by singer and actress Barbara Dickson.

Barbara's Essential Musical's include Calamity Jane (1953), John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert (1974, in which she starred) and Spend, Spend, Spend (1998).

20070708

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine is joined by Tony Award-winning actress Faith Prince, who is currently starring in a revival of Kismet and has appeared on Broadway in Guys and Dolls, Bells Are Ringing and The King and I.

20070715
20070722

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's special guest is director, writer and composer Jeremy Sams.

He directed the musical Spend, Spend, Spend; adapted the book of Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang and most recently directed The Sound of Music in London.

As a composer, he has written over 50 shows for theatre, TV and radio and won an Ivor Novello award for his score for the movie Persuasion.

Jeremy's Essential Musicals include Fiddler On The Roof (1964), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Sound of Music (1959).

20070729

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's guest is Broadway legend Chita Rivera, who recalls why she left the world of classical ballet for a career on the Great White Way and reflects on the Essential Musicals that have shaped her remarkable career.

Her choices include, West Side Story (1957), Bye Bye Birdie (1960), Chicago (1975) and Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992).

20070805

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's guest is composer Carl Davis.

With a career that spans the worlds of theatre, radio and television, the Bafta award-winning composer selects his favourite Essential Musicals.

His choices include The Boy Friend (1954), On The Town (1944) and Porgy and Bess (1935).

20070812

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's special guest is director, writer and composer, Jeremy Sams.

Jeremy directed the musical Spend, Spend, Spend, adapted the book of Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang and most recently directed The Sound of Music in London.

As a composer, he has written over 50 shows for theatre, TV and radio and won an Ivor Novello award for his score for the movie Persuasion.

Jeremy's Essential Musicals include Fiddler on the Roof (1964), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Sound of Music (1959).

20070819

Elaine's special guest is writer Jonathan Harvey.

Hailed as the 'new theatrical voice of his generation', Jonathan wrote the award-winning play Beautiful Thing.

Although best known for his plays, he also writes for Coronation Street and in 2001, he penned the book for the musical Closer to Heaven with the Pet Shop Boys.

His Essential Musicals include The Sound of Music (1959), Avenue Q (2003) and Carousel (1945).

20070826

Elaine's special guest is theatre critic Mark Shenton.

20070902

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's guest is Lee Mead, star of the new London production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, who reveals his favourite musicals.

His choices include Lionel Bart's Oliver! (1960), Boublil and Schonberg's Miss Saigon (1989) and the MGM film musical, Singin' in the Rain (1952).

20070909

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's guest is actor Henry Goodman, currently starring in the London revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

His favourite Essential Musicals include David Zippel and Cy Coleman's City of Angels (1989); Stephen Sondheim's Assassins (1991) and the 1956 Leonard Bernstein and Richard Wilbur 'flop', Candide.

20070916

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's special guest is actress Maria Charles, currently starring in the London production of Bad Girls - The Musical.

Maria's favourite Essential Musicals include: Sandy Wilson's The Boyfriend (1954); Mary Rodgers' Once Upon a Mattress (1959) and Stephen Sondheim's Follies (1971).

20070923

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's special guest is composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown.

His musical Parade, written with Alfred Uhry, has its West End debut this autumn at The Donmar Warehouse.

When it opened on Broadway in 1998, the play won a Tony award for the score.

Jason's Essential Musicals include West Side Story (1957), Once On This Island (1990) and Bells Are Ringing (1956).

20071007

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's special guest is singer and actress Mari Wilson.

Once renowned for her beehive and her early 1980 hits Just What I Always Wanted and Cry Me A River, Mari has also starred in the stage musicals Sweet Charity, Taboo and as Dusty Springfield in Dusty The Musical.

Her Essential Musicals include Meet Me in St Louis, The Producers and The Little Mermaid.

Jason's Essential Musicals include West Side Story (1957), Once on This Island (1990) and Bells Are Ringing (1956).

20071014
20071021

Elaine's special guest is actress, singer and dancer Caroline O'Connor.

Born in Lancashire, raised in Australia and trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, Caroline has starred in many musicals including Me And My Girl, Mack and Mabel and On The Town.

She has also appeared in the films Moulin Rouge and De-Lovely, and last year she won The Stage's Best Actress award for her portrayal of Judy Garland in End of The Rainbow at the Edinburgh Festival.

Her Essential Musicals include Gypsy (1959), Chicago (1975) and Oklahoma! (1943).

20071028

Elaine's special guest is actress and singer Lorna Luft.

Lorna will reprise her role in the acclaimed UK production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical, from November.

Her choices include Oliver! (1960), Gypsy (1959) and The Roar of The Greasepaint, The Smell of The Crowd (1964).

20071104

Elaine's guest is composer and musicologist Howard Goodall, whose first stage musical The Hired Man won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Musical in 1984, and a new production is now currently touring the UK.

Howard's Essential Musicals include Chess (1986), The Madness musical 'Our House' (2002) and Into the Woods (1987).

20071111

Elaine's special guest is singer, songwriter, actor and composer Harry Connick Jr.

A life long fan of musicals, Harry won critical acclaim for his performance on Broadway in The Pajama Game in 2006 as well as a Tony nomination for his score in the musical Thou Shalt Not.

Harry's Essential Musicals include Guys and Dolls (1950), South Pacific (1949) and Pal Joey (1940).

20071118

Elaine's special guest is wardrobe mistress Ruth McCorkindale, who is currently working on the world's most popular musical Mamma Mia! Her Essential Musicals include Billy Elliot (2005), Jersey Boys (2006) and Chicago (1975).

20071125

Elaine's special guest is legendary actor Ron Moody.

Ron played Fagin in the ever popular big screen adaptation of Lionel Bart's Oliver! He remembers making the film, which also featured a very young Elaine Paige - blink and you'll miss her!

Ron also discusses his favourite Essential Musicals which include, Singin in the Rain (1952), An American in Paris (1951) and Oklahoma! (1943).

20071202

Elaine's special guests are George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

They have written five musicals, most recently the new songs for Mary Poppins.

Other credits include Just So, Honk! and Peter Pan.

The duo talk to Elaine about their award-winning partnership, new projects including Jack and the Beanstalk at the Barbican, and their favourite Essential Musicals.

20071209

Elaine's special guests is actor, comedian and writer Julian Clary, who is currently starring in Rufus Norris' Olivier award winning production of Cabaret.

His own Essential Musicals include Billy (1974), Taboo (2002) and The Music Man (1957).

20071216

Elaine's special guest is multi Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken.

Alan's long association with Disney has resulted in hit screen and stage musicals Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Little Mermaid - which has just opened on Broadway.

Alan talks about his remarkable career and his latest project, the screen musical Enchanted, which feature his score and new songs written with Stephen Schwartz.

20071223

A seasonal special, featuring music from The Polar Express, Doctor Who, Mame, and Beauty and the Beast.

20071230

Elaine remembers some of the guests who have joined her in the studio in 2007, and features a selection of Essential Musical choices previously unbroadcast.

Guests include Victoria Wood, Jonathan Harvey, Barbara Dickson, Russ Abbott, Connie Fisher, Gillian Lynne, Harry Connick Jr and Lorna Luft.

20080106

Elaine's guest is American singer, pianist and musicologist Michael Feinstein.

His Essential Musicals include Goldilocks (1958), Finnian's Rainbow (1947) and Hello Dolly (1964).

20080203

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

She is joined by actor and singer Michael Ball, currently starring in the West End production of Hairspray.

Michael's Essential Musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar (1971), Les Miserables (1985), and the Bette Midler film The Rose (1979).

20080210

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine's special guest is actor and singer Daniel Boys.

Daniel's Essential Musicals include Carousel (1945), Rent (1996) and Sweeney Todd (1979).

20080217

Elaine Paige celebrates the music of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Her special guest is impresario and former actor Bill Kenwright, who chats to Elaine about his love of live theatre and reveals his favourite Essential Musicals.

20080224

Elaine previews the Oscars which takes place on Sunday night in Hollywood.

She runs through all five nominations in the Best Song category, with three of them coming from Disney's Enchanted.

Plus there's the weekly Break-a-Leg messages, the Disney Double and a look back at some classic Oscar winners of years gone by.

20080302

Elaine is joined by actress Summer Strallen who has just joined the London production of The Sound of Music.

Her West End credits include Cats and Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang.

20080309

Elaine is joined by actress Ruthie Henshall.

The Olivier award-winning musical star is one of the UK's most successful actresses and singers in musical theatre.

Currently a judge on Dancing on Ice, Ruthie will return to the West End in the new musical Marguerite, by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, who worked on Les Miserables.

Ruthie's Essential Musicals include Annie (1976), The Wizard of Oz (the 1939 film), The Sound Of Music (the 1965 film), Singin' in the Rain (the 1952 film) and Crazy For You (1992).

20080316

Elaine is joined by actress Summer Strallen, who has just joined the London production of The Sound of Music - she plays Maria in the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Summer's West End credits include Cats, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls, The Boyfriend and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Plus the weekly Break-a-Leg messages, the Disney Double and a look back at some classic Oscar winners of years gone by.

20080323

Elaine's special guest is actress and singer Petula Clark, whose Essential Musicals include Perchance to Dream (1945), Stop the World - I Want to Get Off (1961), the film musical Kismet (1955), Fiddler on the Roof (1964) and Passion (1994).

20080330

Elaine's special guest is actress Shona Lindsay, currently appearing in the UK tour of Aspects of Love.

Shona's Essential Musicals include Annie (1976), The Fantasticks (1960), Evita (1978), Phantom of the Opera (1986) and City of Angels (1989).

As well as her Essential Musicals, Shona also recalls her time in the musical Grease.

20080406

Elaine's guest is West End actress Bonnie Langford.

They discuss many of the West End shows Bonnie has starred in, including Chicago, Cats and the original stage production of Gone with the Wind.

Bonnie also reveals her Essential Musicals: Gypsy (1959), Sweet Charity (1966), A Chorus Line (1975), Dreamgirls (1981) and West Side Story (1957).

20080413

Elaine is joined by Tim Rice, considered by many to be the leading lyricist of his generation.

Elaine talks to Tim about some of his key theatrical works, including Joseph (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1971), Blondel (1984), and the musical in which he and Andrew Lloyd Webber 'discovered' Elaine Paige, Evita (1978).

Tim also discusses his collaboration with Elton John on The Lion King and Aida, plus he reveals his Essential Musicals.

They include My Fair Lady (1956, Broadway), Te Mikado (1885, London), Hair (1968, London), Oklahoma! (1943, Broadway) and Chess (1986, London).

20080420

Elaine's guest is Liza Minnelli.

Shortly before Liza's first concerts in the UK for 20 years, Elaine talks to the star about her life and career.

Key topics include Kander and Ebb's musical Cabaret; Liza's godmother, the singer and vocal coach, Kay Thompson; the films Stepping Out and Arthur.

Liza's Essential Musicals include Gypsy (1959, Broadway); Gigi (1958, MGM); Meet Me in St Louis (1944, MGM); An American in Paris (1951, MGM) and The Band Wagon (1953, MGM).

20080427

Elaine's guest is Maria Friedman, who has appeared in many West End musicals, including Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick and The Woman in White.

She chats to Elaine about her close friendship with the composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, her latest revue Re-arranged, and the reasons why she has no plans to return to the West End.

Maria's Essential Musicals are Gypsy (Broadway 1959), Sunday in the Park With George (Broadway 1984), Sweeney Todd (Broadway 1979), Merrily We Roll Along (Broadway 1982) and Passion (Broadway 1994).

20080504

Elaine's special guest is Anita Dobson.

Currently starring in the UK National Tour of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!, Anita talks to Elaine about the appeal of the role of Dolly Levi, why she believes Barbra Streisand's interpretation is hard to beat, and why she decided she would never go back to Eastenders.

Anita's Essential Musicals include Guys and Dolls (Broadway 1950), The Boy Friend (London 1954), and My Fair Lady (Broadway 1956).

20080511

The cast of the London production of Jersey Boys are Elaine Paige's special guests this week.

They join Elaine to talk about their careers and about Jersey Boys - which tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

They also reveal their Essential Musicals and perform two exclusive numbers from Jersey Boys.

20080518

Elaine is joined by actress Helena Blackman, who is currently appearing in the UK National touring revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific.

As a former Maria wannabe, Helena discusses the pressures of appearing on a TV reality show, as well as her Essential Musicals, which include Jesus Christ Superstar (London 1972), My Fair Lady (Broadway 1956), The Wild Party (off Broadway 2000) and Jekyll and Hyde (Broadway 1997).

20080525

Elaine talks to singer and actress Sarah Brightman.

Coinciding with the release of Sarah's new album, she chats to Elaine about her career in musical theatre, including appearances in Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.

Sarah also discusses her Essential Musicals which include Tommy (concept album 1969), The Sound of Music (Broadway 1959), the film Moulin Rouge! (2001), the film The Wizard of Oz (1939) and the film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).

20080601

Elaine talks to the Ivor Novello award winning composer Mike Batt.

Mike's Essential Musicals include Chess (concept album 1984), My Fair Lady (Broadway 1956), Evita (London 1978), Camelot (Broadway 1960) and Into the Woods (Broadway 1987).

20080608

Elaine is joined by the cast of the new Take That musical Never Forget.

The boys discuss their favourite Essential Musicals and perform in the studio.

20080615

A special programme looking ahead to the 62nd Annual Tony Awards which take place in New York.

Elaine runs down all the major musical nominations and is joined by Tony award winning actress Idina Menzel who found fame through her appearances in Rent and Wicked.

Her Essential Musicals include Dreamgirls (1981), the film version of Funny Girl (1968) and Carousel (1945).

20080622

Elaine's guest is Harry Gregson-Williams, one of Hollywood's most successful composers.

His early mentors included Stanley Myers and Hans Zimmer, with whom he worked on The Lion King.

Harry's own film scores include Armageddon, Chicken Run and Shrek 2.

His most recent work can be found on the big screen in Prince Caspian.

Harry discusses his favourite film scores which include The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Oliver! (1968) and The Jungle Book (1967).

20080629

Elaine's guest is Johnny Mathis, in an interview recorded at his home in Beverly Hills.

Elaine talks to the star about his life-long love of musicals and Broadway.

Johnny also recalls his career in Hollywood and remembers many of his songs that have featured on the big screen.

They include Chances Are (featured in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977); Wild is the Wind (Wild is the Wind, 1957); The Last Time I Felt Like This (Same Time Next Year, 1978); and A Certain Smile (A Certain Smile, 1958).

20080706

Elaine's guest is choreographer, director and producer Arlene Phillips, who first came to fame when she created the dance group Hot Gossip.

Since then her choreography has been seen in theatre, feature films, concert arenas, television, music videos and commercials.

Her latest projects include the UK touring production of Flashdance The Musical, a musical TV drama series called Britannia High for ITV, as well as her regular appearances on the panel of Strictly Come Dancing.

Arlene's Essential Musicals include Ballroom (Broadway 1978), In the Heights (Broadway 2008), West Side Story (Broadway 1957), Guys and Dolls (the 1955 film) and Starlight Express (London 1984).

20080713

Elaine is joined by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.

Together, Boublil and Schonberg have created some of the world's most successful musicals including Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre and Les Miserables.

Elaine talks about their long-standing collaboration and their latest musical Marguerite, now running in the West End, starring Ruthie Henshall.

Alain's Essential Musicals include Oliver! (the 1968 film) and Cabaret (the 1972 film), while Claude-Michel's include Kiss of the Spiderwoman (London, 1992) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Broadway 2006).

20080720

Elaine is joined by the stars of the London production of Buddy, Dean Elliott and Matt Wycliffe.

They chat about the long-running bio-musical, perform a song from the show in the studio, and discuss their favourite Essential Musicals.

Dean's choices are A Little Night Music (Broadway 1973) and Little Shop of Horrors (off Broadway 1982), while Matt's include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (film 1975) and The Sound of Music (Broadway 1959).

20080727

Elaine is joined by actress and singer Marti Webb.

Marti first came to prominence playing the role of Ann in the original London production of Half a Sixpence opposite Tommy Steele.

She made her West End debut in Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, and also played Nancy in the first UK tour of Oliver!

In 1979 she began to appear as a regular alternate to Elaine Paige in the original London production of Evita, taking over the role full time in 1980 just as the album of Tell Me on a Sunday was released.

Marti's Essential Musicals include Carnival (Broadway 1961), Man of La Mancha (Broadway 1965) and Flower Drum Song (Broadway 1958).

20080803

Elaine is joined by American actress and singer Michele Lee, a Tony award-winning singer, dancer, actress, producer and director, best-known for her role in the 1980s soap Knots Landing.

She also co-starred with Dean Jones in Disney's 1969 movie The Love Bug.

But it was on Broadway where Michele's career began, and she talks about the key musicals that helped shape her career - Bravo Giovanni (1962 Broadway); How to Succeed in Business, Without Really Trying (1961 Broadway); Seesaw (1973 Broadway).

Michele also chats about her love of Jule Styne's musical Gypsy (1959).

20080810

Elaine celebrates her 200th edition of the programme with a special interview featuring Sir Cameron Mackintosh, recorded on the stage of the Noel Coward theatre in London.

Some of Cameron's most successful productions are given an airing, including music from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Cats, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Avenue Q.

20080817

Elaine's guest is international recording artist Barry Manilow, who discusses all things Broadway and West End, including his long-awaited musical Harmony, the stage musical Copacabana, his creative relationships with Bette Midler, how Gypsy and Judy Garland changed his life forever, songs he wrote for the Hollywood films Foul Play and Oliver and Company, and the 'lost' musical he wrote before he was a star.

20080824

Elaine Paige introduces the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

She is joined by American singer and actress Kaye Ballard, who chats about her long career and features songs from some of her favourite musicals from both stage and screen.

Ballard established herself as a musical comedienne in the 1940s, joining the Spike Jones touring revue of entertainers.

In 1957, she and Alice Ghostley played the two ugly stepsisters in the live telecast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, starring Julie Andrews in the title role.

Later, on Broadway, she starred in The Golden Apple, where she introduced the classic song Lazy Afternoon.

Kaye went on appear opposite Jerry Orbach in Carnival and the Paper Mill Playhouse's 1998 revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies.

She has also tackled such demanding roles as Mama Rose in Gypsy and appeared on the big screen opposite Jane Powell in The Girl Most Likely.

Plus an exclusive performance in the studio from Rolan Bell, who is currently starring in the West End show The Harder They Come at the Playhouse Theatre.

20080914

Elaine Paige introduces the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

She is joined by director Hal Prince.

Harold (Hal) Prince has received more Tony Awards than anyone else.

He served his theatrical apprenticeship with esteemed director and producer George Abbott during the 1940s and 50s.

In 1954, Hal presented his first musical, The Pajama Game, which he later followed with West Side Story, and by the early 60s, he began to direct.

His credits include the original Broadway productions of Cabaret (1966), Follies in 1971 and the acclaimed 1994 revival of Show Boat.

Earlier this year, just as he was celebrating his 80th birthday, Hal suffered a stroke.

This in-depth interview, recorded in New York, proves he's back in good health and as busy as ever, already planning his next Broadway musical.

Elaine also chats to Hal about West Side Story (which he first produced in 1957), Evita (which he directed in 1978), Sweeney Todd (1979), and The Phantom of The Opera (he produced the 1986 original).

20080921

Elaine Paige hosts her annual Disney special, with some of the studio's biggest hits.

Including Pocahontas (1995), Mary Poppins (1964) and The Little Mermaid (Broadway 2007).

20080928

Elaine, who played the role of Sandy in the West End in 1973, goes back to the 1950s with a special tribute to the hit musical Grease.

Featuring cast from the current production.

20081005

Elaine talks to American actor and singer Brent Barrett, who is no stranger to the stages of Broadway and the West End.

He made his Broadway debut as Tony in the revival of West Side Story, and later appeared as Billy Flynn in the hit show Chicago.

Most recently, he played the lead in the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera.

British audiences will know him best from his Olivier Award-nominated performance in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate.

Brent's Essential Musicals include Sunday in the Park With George (Broadway 1984), The Sound of Music (Broadway 1959), Kiss Me, Kate (Broadway 1948) and Chicago (Broadway 1975).

20081012

Elaine talks to composer Burt Bacharach.

Focusing mainly on his work for stage and screen, Burt chats to Elaine about writing the song Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head for the film Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid; composing Arthur's Theme, for which Bacharach won an Oscar; his long association with the Austin Powers' films; and creating the 1968 Broadway musical Promises, Promises with writing-partner Hal David, which introduced the song I'll Never Fall In Love Again.

Plus working for screen legend Marlene Dietrich; his disappointment when the 1973 big screen musical Lost Horizon bombed at the Box Office; and writing The Look of Love for the 1967 James Bond film Casino Royale.

20081019

Elaine talks to actress and singer Barbara Cook.

In a candid and intimate interview, recorded at her home in New York, Barbara talks to Elaine about her remarkable career on Broadway.

She recalls the musicals The Gay Life (1961), She Loves Me (1963) and The Grass Harp (1971), after which she withdrew from Broadway for many years.

Barbara also talks about her long-time partnership with arranger Wally Harper which resulted in Cook's iconic Disney Album, and picks her favourite Essential Musical.

20081026

Elaine hosts a 'more musical Sunday', playing some of the most requested songs from stage and screen, including selections from Call Me Madam (Broadway 1950), The Woman In White (London 2004), Hairspray (Broadway 2002), Robert and Elizabeth (London 1964) and The Sound of Music (Broadway 1959).

There's also the return of Forbidden Broadway, which features a performance from the cheeky New York revue that pokes fun at the world of musical theatre.

Plus, 'Malcolm's Big One' comes from the recently revived Jerry Herman musical La Cage aux Folles.

20081102

Elaine joins the 'British Secret Service' to celebrate the music of the James Bond films.

With music from Paul Mccartney, Carly Simon, Rita Coolidge, kd lang and Louis Armstrong.

Plus a seldom played demo version of Goldfinger, performed by its co-writer Anthony Newley, and an alternative Bond song, interpreted both by Dionne Warwick and Shirley Bassey, intended for Thunderball.

20090412

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Elaine devotes the show to leading men and is joined by Singin' in the Rain star Tim Flavin.

Elaine devotes the show to leading men and is joined by musical actor Tim Flavin.

20090419

Elaine chats to the cast of West End show Jersey Boys.

They also sing a song from the show.

Plus Malcolm's Big One comes from the Alan Parker film Fame (1980).

Elaine chats with the cast of the West End show Jersey Boys.

They also sing a show number.

20090510

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week, EP is joined by actor and singer Jason Donovan, who is starring in the London production of 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'.

Jason chats to EP about his career on stage and he reveals his favourite Essential Musicals.

Plus, actress Hannah Waddingham performs a song from the hit West End musical 'A Little Night Music'.

Elaine also has the Disney-Double, more Break-a-Leg messages and Malcolm's Big One, which this week comes from 'Seesaw', (Broadway, 1973).

Take part in the show by emailing elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine is joined by Jason Donovan and Hannah Waddingham.

20090517

Elaine Paige talks to Gareth Gates about his time playing Joseph in London's West End.

Gareth also performs a song from the show in the studio.

'Wicked' actress Kerry Ellis chats to EP about playing Elphaba and she reveals her favourite Essential Musicals which include: 'Oliver!', 'Chess', 'Into The Woods' and 'South Pacific'.

Plus, there's the competition, the Break-A-Leg messages and Malcolm's Big One comes from 'Silk Stockings' (1955).

20090524

Elaine celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week's special guest is actress Barbara Windsor who made her musical debut in 1952's Love From Judy.

Other shows remembered today include: Fings Ain't Wot They Used to Be (1959), Oh, What a Lovely War! (Barbara's Broadway debut in 1964) and Sing A Rude Song - The Marie Lloyd Story (1970).

Barbara's Essential Musicals include:

- 'Sweet Charity'

- 'South Pacific'

- 'Calamity Jane'

- 'Jersey Boys'

- 'Guys and Dolls'

And Malcolm's Big One comes from Disney's High School Musical.

Barbara Windsor shares her Essential Musicals with Elaine Paige.

20090531

Elaine Paige plays the very best from Broadway, Hollywood and London's West End.

This week, the programme features an interview with Whoopi Goldberg who is the titular producer of the West End production of Sister Act.

Whoopi chats about her own career on Broadway, including A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Thoroughly Modern Millie (which she produced).

Elaine also has some more Break-a-Leg messages and the competition.

Plus, Malcolm's Big One comes from Stephen Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George.

Featuring an interview with Whoopi Goldberg

20090607

It's Elaine's annual preview of the Tony Awards, which celebrate the best of Broadway.

EP runs through some of the major awards which include: Billy Elliot: The Musical, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages and 'Shrek The Musical'.

Plus, actress Maria Friedman stops by to discuss her latest musical: 'The King and I'.

Maria also performs a song from the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein show in the studio.

And, there's the regular 'Break-a-Leg' messages and Malcolm's Big one.

With a preview of the Tony Awards and an exclusive performance by Maria Friedman.

20090614

Celebrating the best of Broadway, London's West End and the silver screen.

This week, EP chats to Leanne Jones who is currently starring in the hit musical Hairspray.

Leanne performs Good Morning Baltimore in the studio, just for us.

Elaine also has more Break-a-Leg messages, Malcolm's Big One and the competition.

Elaine Paige On Sunday is the programme that puts the cool back into musicals!

With guest Leanne Jones, star of the musical Hairspray, performing in the studio.

20090628

Celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week, Daniel Boys and Julie Atherton, from the cast of hit show Avenue Q chat to Elaine about their new home at the Gielgud Theatre.

They also perform two songs in the studio.

Plus, all the regular features including the competition, break-a-leg messages and Malcolm's Big One.

Take part by e-mailing the programme: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Daniel Boys and Julie Atherton, from the cast of Avenue Q, perform two songs in the studio

20090705

Star of stage and the small screen, Gary Wilmot, shares his favourite Essential Musicals which include his West End debut: 'Me And My Girl'.

His other choices are the obscure 'Lucky Stiff', Barry Manilow's 'Copacabana', Frank Loesser's 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying' and Cy Coleman's 'City Of Angels' which featured lyrics by David Zippel.

Plus, there's Elaine's competition, Malcolm's Big One and your Break-a-Legs.

Take part in the programme by emailing elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine's guest is actor and singer Gary Wilmot.

20090712

Two hours of showtunes and movie music with EP.

This week's special guest is actress Jodie Prenger who plays Nancy in the latest West End production of Lionel Bart's 'Oliver!' and performs As Long As He Needs Me in the studio.

Plus, the competition, Malcolm's Big One and more Am-Dram messages in the weekly Break-A-Leg slot.

Email elaine@bbc.co.uk.

With actress Jodie Prenger, who plays Nancy in the latest production of Oliver!

20090719

Elaine is joined by actress and singer Liz Robertson who is playing Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray.

Liz reveals her favourite Essential Musicals which include: A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Sweet Charity and My Fair Lady.

Liz also recalls Dance A Little Closer, the musical written for her by her late husband Alan Jay Lerner.

Elaine is joined by actress and singer Liz Robertson.

20090726

Elaine talks to the cast of Forbidden Broadway, the New York revue which pokes fun at all things musical.

They perform a number in the studio.

EP also talks to actress and singer Samantha Spiro about the new production of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly! which is being staged in the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London.

Plus, there's Malcolm's Big One, the Disney-Double and more of your break-a-leg messages.

Take part in the programme by emailing elaine@bbc.co.uk.

The cast of Forbidden Broadway perform a number and Elaine talks to actress Samantha Spiro

20090809

Celebrating the very best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

This week, Elaine has an exclusive in-studio performance from the cast of Chicago: Michelle Williams and Leigh Zimmerman.

Plus, there's your Break-a-Leg messages, the Disney-Double and Malcolm's Big One.

Take part: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Michelle Williams and Leigh Zimmerman perform a song from Chicago.

20090816

Elaine talks to former X-Factor finalist, Brenda Edwards.

Brenda chooses her favourite Essential Musicals and also performs a song from We Will Rock You.

Brenda is currently appearing in the UK national tour of the Queen musical.

Elaine also has your Break-a-leg messages and plays Malcom's Big One.

Take part in the programme by emailing: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Singer Brenda Edwards performs a song from We Will Rock You in the studio.

20090823

Elaine talks to the actor Brian Conley about his new starring role in the West End musical Hairspray.

Plus, your Break-a-leg messages and Malcolm's Big One.

Send in your requests to elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine talks to the actor Brian Conley about his role in the West End musical Hairspray.

20090906

It's five years since EP began her Radio 2 Sunday show which celebrates the best of Broadway, the West End and Hollywood.

In this special edition of the programme, Elaine chats to Steve Burnett, Company Manager of the London production of Jersey Boys.

Steve discusses his favourite Essential Musicals which include: Damn Yankees and Sunset Boulevard.

Plus, there's a new exclusive performance from the cast of Jersey Boys and EP launches a great competition to win a trip to Broadway.

Elaine celebrates the fifth anniversary of her programme by launching a competition.

20090920

She'll be doing The Timewarp because Elaine's guest this week is the creator of The Rocky Horror Show: Richard O'brien.

He chats to EP about creating the cult hit, plus Richard reveals his Essential Musicals.

There's also your Break-a-Leg messages, the Disney Double and Malcolm's Big One.

To take part in the programme, just email elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine's guest is actor, writer and director Richard O'brien

20091004

Elaine's guest is the acclaimed Broadway actress and Grammy-winning recording artist Maureen McGovern.

She's been called 'The Stradivarius Voice' and the 'Disaster Theme Queen'.

Elaine chats about her songs for 'The Towering Inferno' and 'The Poseidon Adventure'.

And Maureen's Essential Musicals include: 'The Light in The Piazza', 'Dear World' and 'Cabaret'.

There are also your Break-a-leg messages, the Disney Double and Malcolm's Big One.

E-mail elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Broadway actress and 'disaster theme queen' Maureen McGovern joins Elaine.

20091011

Elaine is joined the members of the London cast of Disney's The Lion King, who perform two songs from the hit musical in the studio.

Plus, there's your Break-a-Leg messages and Malcolm's Big One.

Take part in the show: email elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine is joined by the members of the London cast of Disney's The Lion King.

20091018

John Barrowman holds the fort while EP tours Down Under.

Expect all the usual features and more great music from the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Email the show anytime: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

John Barrowman in for Elaine Paige with the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

20091025

Jodie Prenger holds the fort while EP tours Down Under.

Expect all the usual features and more great music from the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Email the show anytime: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Jodie Prenger is in for Elaine Paige with the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End

20091101

John Barrowman holds the fort while EP tours Down Under.

Expect all the usual features and more great music from the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Email the show anytime: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

John Barrowman in for Elaine Paige with the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

20091108

Jodie Prenger holds the fort while EP tours Down Under.

Expect all the usual features and more great music from the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Contact the show anytime: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Jodie Prenger sits in for Elaine with the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

20091115
20091122

Elaine returns with special guest actress Jane Horrocks who is starring in Annie Get Your Gun in London.

Plus, Oliver Thornton sings a song in the studio from Priscilla, Queen of The Desert.

Also your Break-a-leg messages and Malcolm's Big One.

Elaine chats to Jane Horrocks about Annie Get Your Gun and Oliver Thornton sings live.

20091129

Elaine chats to Twiggy about her careers on stage, on film and the catwalk.

Plus, Twiggy reveals her favourite Essential Musicals.

There are also more Break-a-Leg messages and Malcolm's Big One.

Elaine's guest is singer, actress and 60s icon Twiggy.

20100207

The cast of the new London musical Legally Blonde join EP for a chat and an exclusive performance.

Elaine will also have the usual Break-A-Leg messages as well as Malcolm's Big One, which this week comes from Mamma Mia!.

To take part in the programme, just email elaine@bbc.co.uk.

The cast of the new musical Legally Blonde join EP for an exclusive studio performance.

20100214

It's a fifties special this week as EP is joined by Ben Freeman, the star of the musical Dreamboats and Petticoats, and there's live music from Noel Sullivan who plays Danny in Grease.

Plus there's your Break-A-Leg messages and another Big One from Malcolm, which this week comes from the TV musical series Glee.

Email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

A fifties special as Elaine chats to the stars of Dreamboats and Petticoats, and Grease.

20100221

Eastenders and West End actor John Partridge is EP's special guest, plus Patina Miller returns to sing a number from Sister Act in the studio.

There's also more of your Break-A-Leg messages, and not forgetting Malcolm's Big One, which this week comes from Kander and Ebb's Chicago.

Send in your requests to elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine's guests are actor John Partridge and Patina Miller, who performs in the studio.

20100321

A special edition of the show in which EP celebrates the 80th birthday of arguably Broadway's greatest ever composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Featuring music from a selection of his work including 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum', 'Gypsy', 'West Side Story', 'A Little Night Music', 'Sunday In The Park With George' and many more.

Plus there'll be the usual Break-A-Leg messages and another Disney Double.

A special show celebrating Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday.

20100328

EP's guest this week is Shirley Jones, star of classic film musicals such as 'Oklahoma!', 'Carousel' and 'The Music Man'.

Elaine will also have the usual Break-A-Leg messages, the latest Musical News and another Disney Double.

To take part in the programme, just email elaine@bbc.co.uk.

This week Elaine is joined by legendary film, television and stage actress Shirley Jones.

20100404

Joining Elaine in the studio is renowned theatre director Jack O'Brien, the man in charge of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Phantom' sequel 'Love Never Dies'.

Plus, EP will also have more great showtunes and your Break-A-Leg messages.

To get in touch, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

With renowned Broadway and West End director Jack O'Brien, plus the very best showtunes.

20100411

Join Elaine for two hours of the very best music from Hollywood, Broadway and the West End.

Plus, there's your Break-a-Legs and the latest Broadway News.

To get in touch with the programme, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Presenting another More Musical Sunday edition with two hours of showtunes and movie music

20100502

EP presents another two hours of super showtunes and magical movie music.

Plus the very latest news from Broadway and the West End and more of your Break-A-Leg messages.

The show will feature music from Bette Davis' film "Now Voyager" and Kevin Costner's "Dances With Wolves".

To contact the show: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

20100509

EP presents another two hours of super showtunes and magical movie music.

Plus there'll be the very latest news from Broadway and the West End and more of your Break-A-Leg messages.

To contact the Show, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

20100613

Elaine Paige invites you to two-hours of your favourite Musical moments, including your Break-A-Leg messages, the latest news from Broadway and the West End and your hand-picked Disney Doubles.

To contact the show, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige invites you to two-hours of your favourite Musical moments.

20100704

EP presents two hours of your favourite show tunes and film music, plus your Disney Doubles and the Entertainment News from both sides of the Atlantic.

To contact the show, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige presents 2 hours of magical movie music and favourites from the musicals.

20100718

Elaine Paige invites you to two hours of your favourite Musical moments, including your break-a-leg messages, this week's blast-from-the-past will be from Pat Boone and the theme from "Friendly Persuasion".

A rare recording of Audrey Hepburn singing "How Long Has This Been Going On".

Two "Glee-ful" moments, your Disney Double and some of the finest Show Tunes both sides of the Atlantic.

To contact the Show email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige invites you to two-hours of your favourite Musical moments.

20100801

Elaine Paige invites you to two hours of your favourite musical moments, including your Break-A-Leg messages and Entertainment news, as she broadcasts from Broadway.

This week we'll be taking a look at the hot tickets on the Great White Way.

To contact the Show, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Broadcasting from Broadway Elaine Paige presents two hours of favourite musical moments.

20100815

Broadcasting from Broadway Elaine Paige invites you to two hours of your favourite musical moments, including your Break-A-Leg messages, Entertainment News and your Disney Double.

To contact the Show, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

In a show from Broadway, Elaine Paige presents the best in musical theatre.

20100822

In a show which comes from Broadway Elaine Paige invites you to two-hours of your favourite Musical Moments, including your Break-A-Leg messages, the latest theatre news from the Big Apple and your hand-picked Disney Doubles.

To contact the show, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

In a show from Broadway, Elaine Paige presents the best in musical theatre.

20100905

Elaine Paige invites you to two hours of your favourite Musical Moments, including your Break-A-Leg messages and Entertainment News, plus your hand-picked Disney Doubles, as she broadcasts from Broadway.

To contact the Show email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Broadcasting from Broadway Elaine Paige plays your favourite Musical Moments.

20100919

Elaine Paige invitse you to two hours of your favourite Musical Moments, including your Break-A-Leg messages and Entertainment News, plus your hand-picked Disney Doubles, as she broadcasts from Broadway. To contact the Show, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige invites you to two hours of your favourite Musical Moments.

Elaine Paige invitse you to two hours of your favourite Musical Moments, including your Break-A-Leg messages and Entertainment News, plus your hand-picked Disney Doubles, as she broadcasts from Broadway.

To contact the Show, email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Broadcasting from Broadway, Elaine Paige presents two hours of listeners' favourite Musical Moments, as well as Break-A-Leg messages and entertainment news.

From Broadway Elaine Paige invites you to two hours of your favourite Musical Moments.

20101010

In her first show back from Broadway, Elaine looks back on her summer run.

Including interviews with Tommy Tune, Fiddler On The Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick, Annie Composer Charles Strouse and our own Brit in New York Jim Dale.

Plus the usual two hours of show-stopping numbers.

That's in addition to your Break A Leg messages, the Disney Double and your comments.

Get in touch with the show by e-mail: elaine.paige@bbc.co.uk.

In her first show back from Broadway, Elaine brings you two hours of showstopping numbers.

20101024

Elaine Paige presents a two hour radio show packed full of your favourite songs from the shows.

Jazz hands are obligatory! Elaine will also have another cracking Disney Double, your Break A Leg messages, plus the latest showbiz news and your comments.

Get in touch with the show by e-mail: elaine.paige@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige presents a two hour radio show packed full of songs from the shows.

20110109

Welcome back to Elaine Paige on Sunday after our festive break.

Elaine invites you to two hours of your favourite Broadway, West End and film tunes.

Plus your Break A Leg messages, the latest entertainment news and your hand-picked Disney Doubles.

In the second hour Elaine will be talking to singer, songwriter, composer, conductor and producer Mike Batt about his incredibly diverse career as the creator of The Wombles and discoverer of Radio 2 favourite Katie Melua.

We learn about the inspiration behind such hits as Bright Eyes and A Winter's Tale.

To contact the show email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige celebrates your favourite musical moments with special guest Mike Batt.

20110213

Elaine Paige presents a two hour radio show packed full of your favourite songs from the shows.

Elaine will also have the latest showbiz news, a Disney Double, a Gleeful Moment and lots of your Break A Leg messages.

Get in touch with the show by email: elaine.paige@bbc.co.uk

In the second hour of the show, Elaine's guest this week is actress Tracie Bennett, who you'll probably know best for her role as Rita and Len Fairclough's troublesome foster daughter Sharon Gaskell in Coronation Street.

Tracie is currently starring as Judy Garland in the West End.

Remember: Jazz hands are obligatory!

Elaine Paige presents two hours of songs from the shows and interviews Tracie Bennett.

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Elaine Paige presents a two hour radio show packed full of your favourite songs from the shows.

Elaine will also have an exclusive world play of a song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The Wizard of Oz.

The song is entitled Red Shoes Blues and performed by Hannah Waddingham.

Elaine will also announce the four shortlisted shows which are in the running for the BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award.

Then if that wasn't enough, in the second hour of the show this week, Elaine speaks to her former co-star in Evita, actor and singer David Essex.

Elaine will also have all the usual features: the latest showbiz news, Disney Double, Gleeful Moment and plenty of your Break A Leg messages.

Get in touch with the show by e-mail: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige presents two hour of show stoppers and speaks to David Essex.

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Elaine Paige presents a two hour radio show packed full of your favourite songs from the shows.

Elaine will also have the latest showbiz news, another Disney Double, a Gleeful Moment and plenty of your Break A Leg messages.

Jazz hands are obligatory! Get in touch with the show by email: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige presents a two hour radio show packed full of songs from the shows.

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Elaine Paige presents a two hour radio show packed full of your favourite songs from the shows.

Elaine will also have the latest showbiz news, another cracking Disney Double and Gleeful Moment, plus plenty of Break a Leg messages for those appearing in amateur productions across the UK.

Jazz hands are obligatory! Get in touch with the show by e-mail: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige presents two hours of your favourite songs from the shows.

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Elaine Paige presents a two hour radio show packed full of your favourite songs from the shows.

Elaine will also have the latest showbiz news, another cracking Disney Double and Gleeful Moment, plus plenty of Break a Leg messages for those appearing in amateur productions across the UK.

Jazz hands are obligatory! Get in touch with the show by e-mail: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige presents two hours of songs from the shows and classic film themes.

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Elaine Paige presents a fabulous mix of Showtune favourites from both sides of the Atlantic, plus your favourite tunes from the nostalgic genre of Music Hall and a roundup of the week's entertainment news with The Stage newspaper's broadcast reporter Matthew Hemley.

Elaine Paige presents two hours of your favourite songs from the shows.

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Elaine has swapped her Radio 2 studio for the New York stage in recent weeks, whilst playing Carlotta Campion in the successful Broadway transfer of Stephen Sondheim's Follies.

But EP's back for three festive specials - Elaine Paige On Broadway - the final one looks ahead to the Broadway Year. She's joined by David Rooney, Chief Drama Critic at the Hollywood Reporter who previews Broadway 2012 - including a Broadway revival of Evita starring Ricky Martin as Che Guevara.

And EP's special guests - Tony Award winning choreographer and director Susan Stroman talks about her new production Diner with music by Sheryl Crowe. Fresh from her success with Anything Goes, award winning choreographer and director Kathleen Marshall tells EP all about her new show Big Fish. And Tony award winning composer, Charles Strouse spills the beans on his upcoming Broadway revival of Annie. Plus the best in music celebrating all that's magic about Broadway.

Join EP On Broadway as she celebrates the Year Ahead on Broadway this New Year Bank Holiday Monday.

EP's back for three festive specials and the final one looks ahead to the Year On Broadway

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Elaine Paige presents your favourite songs from the shows. Elaine will also have the latest showbiz news, another Gleeful Moment, plus plenty of Break a Leg messages for those appearing in amateur productions across the UK. Get in touch with the show by e-mail: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Elaine Paige presents your favourite songs from the shows.

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Elaine Paige presents your favourite songs from the shows. Elaine will also have the latest showbiz news, another Gleeful Moment, plus plenty of Break a Leg messages for those appearing in amateur productions across the UK. Get in touch with the show by e-mail: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

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Elaine Paige presents your favourite songs from the shows. Elaine will also have the latest showbiz news, another Gleeful Moment, plus plenty of Break a Leg messages.

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Barbara Windsor stands in for Elaine Paige for the next two weeks, with all the usual favourites including Break-A-Leg Messages, A Gleeful Moment, your Disney Doubles and a stroll down memory lane with "The Good Old Days" of Music Hall.

Barbara will also be speaking to Matthew Hemley, the Broadcast Reporter at The Stage, who will give all the news from the theatre world.

Tune in to hear one the nation's favourite actresses reliving some of the highlights from the history of Musical Theatre and film.

Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine Paige, with all the usual favourite features.

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Barbara Windsor stands in for Elaine Paige, with the usual mix of Show Tune favourites from both sides of the Atlantic, your Break-A-Leg Messages, the Disney Double and a look at some classic tunes from the nostalgic genre of Music Hall.

Barbara will be joined by Broadcast Reporter from The Stage, Matthew Hemley, who will be providing all the up-to-date Entertainment News for this week.

Join Barbara as she shares with us many of her witty and touching stories from our world of Musical Theatre.

Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine Paige, with the usual mix of Show Tune favourites.

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Ahead of Elaine's return next week, Barbara Windsor stands in for the final time with the best in musical theatre from across the decades, more Break A Leg messages and a look at some classic tunes from the nostalgic genre of Music Hall.

Plus The Stage newspaper's Matthew Hemley joins Barbara with all the latest entertainment news.

Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine Paige with the usual mix of show tune favourites.

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The ever glamorous denizen of the East End, Barbara Windsor, stands in for Elaine.

She'll have your Break-A-Leg messages, a Glee-ful moment, a couple of Music Hall Classics and all the latest news from Broadway and beyond.

Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine Paige, presenting your favourite songs from the shows.

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Ever-glamorous denizen of the East End Barbara Windsor stands in for Elaine, bringing you the best from the shows and the latest news from Broadway and beyond.

Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine Paige, presenting your favourite songs from the shows.

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for Elaine Paige.

A two hour radio show packed full of your favourite songs from the shows.

Jazz hands are obligatory! E-mail the show: elaine@bbc.co.uk.

Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine Paige, presenting your favourite songs from the shows.

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for Elaine again this week, bringing sunshine to your Sunday afternoon with songs from the shows.

She'll also have your Break-A-Leg messages and all the latest news from the West End and Broadway.

Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine Paige with the best from Broadway and beyond.

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The ever glamorous denizen of the East End, Barbara Windsor, stands in for Elaine. She'll have your Break-A-Leg messages, a Glee-ful moment, a couple of Music Hall Classics and all the latest news from Broadway and beyond.

Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine Paige, presenting your favourite songs from the shows.

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Barbara Windsor is back! She'll have your Break-A-Leg messages, a Glee-ful moment, a couple of Music Hall Classics and all the latest news from Broadway and beyond.

Barbara Windsor is back!

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Barbara Windsor is back with your Break-A-Leg messages, a Glee-ful moment, a couple of Music Hall Classics and all the latest news from Broadway and beyond.

Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine Paige.

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Barbara hosts a Jubilee special with songs released at the time of Queen's coronation. The queen of the East End will focus on songs from shows and films released between the Queen's succession to the throne and her coronation as part of the celebrations for Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee Weekend.

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Barbara Windsor sits in for Elaine to play all your favourite show and film tunes from both sides of the Atlantic, plus your Break a Leg messages.

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for Elaine Paige for the next two weeks, with all the usual favourites including more Break A Leg Messages.

Don will also be speaking to Matthew Hemley, the Broadcast Reporter at The Stage, who will have all the latest news from the world of theatre.

Tune in to hear one of the nation's favourite lyricists re-living some of the highlights from the history of musical theatre and film.

Don Black stands in for Elaine Paige for the next two weeks.

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for Elaine Paige, celebrating the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End.

Don Black sits in for Elaine Paige, celebrating the best movie and musical show tunes.

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Don Black, lyrical genius and OBE, sits in for Elaine this week with lots of unmissable stories and music from cinema and the shows. He'll also have your Break A Leg messages and the latest news from Broadway and beyond.

Don Black, lyrical genius and OBE, sits in for Elaine this week.

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Lyricist Don Black OBE sits in for Elaine Paige.

He'll have heaps of show tunes, plus your Break A Leg messages and the latest news with showbiz reporter Matthew Hemley.