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20030609

Mad Dogs And Englishmen Edward Seckerson marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Noel Coward in conversation with Sheridan Morley.

Includes vintage recordings of Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself in Private Lives and The Stately Homes of England, plus a wartime song banned by the BBC.

20030922

Edward Seckerson meets Cy Coleman, the veteran composer of Big Spender, and plays music from his shows, including Sweet Charity, Barnum and City Of Angels, in performances by Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra and Glenn Close.

20030929

Edward Seckerson introduces excerpts from three English musicals: Virtue In Danger, The Amazons, and Robert And Elizabeth.

20031222

Easter Parade Edward Seckerson presents part two of a holiday tribute to Irving Berlin.

Including Ella Fitzgerald in Top Hat, Follow the Fleet with Fred and Ginger, and Judy Garland as Hannah Brown in Easter Parade.

Plus the 2nd biggest-selling song of all time - clue: Bing Crosby.

20040216

Edward Seckerson introduces two new Broadway shows, Wicked and The Boy From Oz. Plus an interview with lyricist Betty Comden and a taste of Stephen Sondheim's latest show, Bounce.

20040223

Edward Seckerson celebrates the centenary of the legendary Elizabeth Welch, plus an interview with another great British singer whose name was so similar that their contracts sometimes got mixed up. Lizbeth Webb talks about a career that included working for Ivor Novello and the first London production of Guys and Dolls.

20040315

Legends: John Kander and Fred Ebb The second of two programmes in which Edward Seckerson talks to the authors of Cabaret and Chicago about their songwriting partnership of nearly 50 years.

Today, their relationship with Chita Rivera, the difficulties of putting on their latest show, The Visit, and the unexpected success of Kiss of the Spider Woman.

20040419

1/2. Legends: Lerner and Loewe
Edward Seckerson presents the first programme of a two-part tribute to the authors of My Fair Lady and Camelot. Including a classic song that was cut from the film of Brigadoon (Come to Me, Bend to Me), the indescribable rumble of Lee Marvin in Wandrin' Star and Rex Harrison teaching the English how to speak.

20040426

2/2. Legends: Lerner and Loewe Edward Seckerson presents the second part of his tribute to the authors of Brigadoon and My Fair Lady. Including Julie Andrews talking about the demanding role of Eliza, Richard Burton in his only musical role as Arthur in Camelot and the immortal Maurice Chevalier (Thank Heaven for Little Girls) in Gigi. Plus legendary performances by Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, and Hermione Gingold (I Remember it Well).

20040531

A Feast of Cole Porter 1/2. Edward Seckerson presents the first of two programmes celebrating the sophistication and wit of songwriter Cole Porter. Today, 'Let's Do It', 'Fifty Million Frenchmen', 'The New Yorker', 'Gay Divorce', 'Nymph Errant' and Ethel Merman in 'Anything Goes'.

20040621

Karita Mattila at the Royal Opera House
Edward Seckerson interviews the popular Finnish soprano in front of an audience at the Royal Opera House, playing music from her varied career including Mozart's Don Giovanni, Strauss's Elektra, Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades and Verdi's Don Carlos.

20040705

Tommy Pearson explores the art of the movie title sequence from the 1950s on.

20040712

Lost Properties
Edward Seckerson explores the songs that didn't make it from shows that did. Like Everybody Else was dropped from West Side Story during tryouts, Mr Ten Percent (character and song) disappeared from Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun lost Take It in Your Stride because it wasn't straight enough for Ethel Merman. Plus 110 in the Shade, Fiorello, Hello Dolly and an entire missing musical called Sherry.

20040726

Reprise: Angela Lansbury.
Another chance to hear Edward Seckerson talking to the legendary singer/actress, exploring her remarkable career on Broadway and in Hollywood and covering her roles in shows from Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle to Herman's Mame.

20040802

Reprise: Angela Lansbury
In the second of two programmes to mark her seventy-eighth birthday, Edward Seckerson interviews the actress who talks about her remarkable musical career.

20040809

Reprise: Danny Elfman
Tommy Pearson talks to composer Danny Elfman about his many scores, including Batman and Edward Scissorhands, and his most famous piece of work, the theme from The Simpsons. First broadcast last December.

20040816

Reprise: Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Another chance to hear Edward Seckerson in conversation with Sheridan Morley marking the 30th anniversary of the death of Noel Coward. Including vintage recordings of Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself in Private Lives and The Stately Homes of England plus a wartime song banned by the BBC.
First broadcast in June last year.

20040823

Reprise: Bryn Terfel
Another chance to hear the great Welsh baritone in conversation with Edward Seckerson about a career which encompasses Don Giovanni and Falstaff, as well as his forthcoming debut as Wotan in Wagner's Ring. Plus his inimitable way with the songs of Richard Rodgers. First broadcast in February.

20040830

Reprise: Julie Andrews
Another chance to hear Edward Seckerson in conversation with the legendary Broadway and Hollywood star about a career that has ranged from childhood performances of opera in Vaudeville, My Fair Lady, and of course as Maria in The Sound of Music. First broadcast on Christmas Day 2003.

20040906

Reprise: Elliot Goldenthal
Tommy Pearson talks to composer Elliot Goldenthal, who won last year's Oscar and Golden Globe awards for best score for the film 'Frida'. First broadcast in February.

20040913

Reprise: All The Things They Were
John McGlinn joins Edward Seckerson to shed light on some mysteries of musical archiving. What happened to those 'missing' Gershwin, Porter and Kern scores of the 20s and 30s? Plus another chance to hear the most requested song of last year, 'All the things you are' by Jerome Kern.

20040927

Edward Seckerson joins Julia McKenzie and friends at a recent LAMDA production of Lionel Bart's Maggie May. They made their debuts in the chorus of the original show 40 years ago.

20041011

He's Magic
Edward Seckerson presents the first of a two-part tribute to Jule Styne, who wrote a staggering 1500 songs over a seven-decade career. Including some of his early successes with Sammy Cahn - Three Coins in a Fountain and with Comden and Green - Bells Are Ringing, and of course the Styne/Sondheim/Laurents legend - Gypsy.

20041018

Edward Seckerson concludes his Jule Styne retrospective, looking at the classic Funny Girl and Hallelujah Baby! as well as lesser known shows Darling Of The Day and Bar Mitzvah Boy.

20041025

Tommy Pearson profiles one of the most influential of all film composers Jerry Goldsmith, who died in July.

With tributes from friends and colleagues, and music from his most famous scores such as Planet of the Apes, The Omen, and Star Trek the Motion Picture.

20041108

Adrift on the High 'C's?
Another chance to hear Edward Seckerson's form guide to the tenors of tomorrow. With Pavarotti finally announcing his retirement and Domingo moving increasingly toward conducting, where are the new stars who will replace them? Cura, Florez, Alagna, Villazon and Alvarez are all under starter's orders.

20041115

Tommy Pearson talks to violinist Joshua Bell about the particular demands of playing on film soundtracks, including The Red Violin, and to composer Nigel Hess about his score for Ladies in Lavender.

20041122

Legends: Chita Rivera
"She is, all in all, a joy." - Fred Ebb.
The Broadway star compares notes with Edward Seckerson on a 50-year career which has included creating the role of Anita for the first production of "West Side Story" plus leading roles in "Chicago", "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" and "Nine".

20041129

Legends: Angela Gheorghiu
Edward Seckerson compares notes with the dazzling Romanian-born soprano in an exclusive interview. Music includes Verdi's La Traviata, Puccini's La Rondine and Gounod's Romeo et Juliette.

20041206

Alfred Newman
Tommy Pearson pays tribute to one of the fathers of modern film music, who as head of music at 20th Century Fox composed classic scores and nurtured a whole generation of composers, from Bernard Herrmann and John Williams to his sons David and Thomas, and his nephew Randy.

20041213

Howard Keel: Edward Seckerson pays tribute to the Hollywood star of Show Boat and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, who died last month at the age of 85.

20041220

Tommy Pearson talks to lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman about the challenges of writing songs for film, their Oscar winners The Way We Were and Windmills of Your Mind, and writing for Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand and many more.

20041227

Peter Pan at the Players
Edward Seckerson introduces a centenary parlour reading of Peter Pan, complete with John Crook's original incidental music from the 1905 Broadway production. Specially recorded for Stage and Screen in the Edwardian splendour of New York's Players Club, with an all-star cast including Rosemary Harris, Hayley Mills, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Allinson and Matthew Blumm.
The music was arranged and conducted by John McGlinn.

20050103

Maury Yeston

With Grand Hotel currently playing at the Donmar Warehouse in London, Edward Seckerson talks to the composer of Nine and Titanic about how he had to rescue the show from almost certain disaster in Boston.

Plus music from the other Phantom of the Opera.

20050110

Legends - Barbara Cook

Edward Seckerson talks to the Broadway star about a career that has included roles in Candide and The Music Man as well as late-flowering success in cabaret.

She also pays tribute to the late great Wally Harper, her MD for the last 30 years.

20050117

Tommy Pearson lends an ear to music written for movie adaptations of literary classics, and goes behind the scenes at the recording sessions for Mira Nair's Vanity Fair.

20050124

In the first of two programmes, Edward Seckerson talks to lyricist Sheldon Harnick about his partnership with Jerry Bock in shows such as Fiorello, Tenderloin and She Loves Me, and the brand new song they wrote for the current Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof.

20050131

Edward Seckerson continues his conversation with Sheldon Harnick about his collaboration with Jerry Bock in The Apple Tree and The Rothschilds and hears what it was like to write lyrics for an ailing Richard Rodgers in Rex.

20050214

Secret Love: Doris Day

The 1950s was the age of blondes: Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak all had their admirers but Doris Day was the one that every guy wanted to marry.

Edward Seckerson offers a Valentine's Day celebration of one of the great singing actresses with performances from Calamity Jane, The Pyjama Game and the iconic Que Sera Sera.

20050221

Bernstein at the Opera

With On the Town currently in rehearsal at ENO, Edward Seckerson explores the vocal and stylistic challenges of doing musicals in the opera house.

He talks to Mary King and compares performances by Larry Kert, Betty Comden, Thomas Hampson and Jose Carreras.

20050307

Edward Seckerson visits the BMI Music Theatre Workshops in New York, talks to Maury Yeston about how to teach musical theatre and hears from two of its most successful students.

20050314

The Ghostess with the Mostess

Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood and Deborah Kerr all have one thing in common: the voice of Marni Nixon, queen of Hollywood's dubbing singers.

Edward Seckerson hears how she secretly starred in the films of My Fair Lady, The King and I and West Side Story.

20050321

Tommy Pearson is in conversation with composer Gabriel Yared.

Best known now for his many collaborations with director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, The Talented Mr Ripley, Cold Mountain), his long and varied career has included work with French pop sensation Johnny Hallyday, legendary arthouse director Jean-Luc Godard, and the score for Betty Blue.

20050404

Sondheim at 75

Edward Seckerson presents the second programme in a two-part birthday tribute.

Including music from Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins, Passion and Sondheim?s most recent musical, Bounce.

20050411

Tommy Pearson reviews some new film soundtrack releases and talks to composer Debbie Wiseman about her latest film and television scores, including Arsene Lupin and Judge John Deed.

20050418

Unknown Richard Rodgers

Edward Seckerson explores some lesser known scores, by Rodgers and Hart including Higher and Higher and By Jupiter.

Also Rodgers and Hammerstein's only original film musical, State Fair, and his solo effort after Hammerstein's untimely death - No Strings.

20050502

Tommy Pearson looks forward to the release of Star Wars III later this month, with his choice of music written for science fiction films.

20050509

Best of British: Edward Seckerson explores the British musical through Lionel Bart's Blitz, his follow-up to Oliver!, Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Aspects of Love and Howard Goodall's The Hired Man.

20050516

Listeners' Requests: With Edward Seckerson.

Including music from Robert and Elizabeth, The Most Happy Fella, South Pacific and a little-known song by Noel Coward

20050523

Legends.

Anja Silja

Edward Seckerson celebrates the 70th birthday of the great German soprano who made her Bayreuth debut at the age of just 19.

Music includes Der Fliegender Hollander, Lohengrin and Fidelio, plus a specially recorded excerpt from Janacek's The Makropoulos Case.

20050530

Bernstein on Stage and Screen: Tommy Pearson and Edward Seckerson discuss Bernstein's On the Town, Candide, Trouble in Tahiti, West Side Story and On the Waterfront.

20050613

The Birth of Sondheim's Follies

Thirty years ago the President of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organisation, Ted Chapin, was a stage struck student who got himself a job as a gofer on Stephen Sondheim's revolutionary new musical, Follies.

He talks to Edward Seckerson about the experience, illustrated with excerpts from the original Broadway cast recording.

20050620

Edward Seckerson talks to Elton John and Lee Hall about their new musical version of Billy Elliot, and explores Michael Grandage's all-star production of Guy and Dolls.

20050627

Tommy Pearson looks at recent soundtrack CD releases.

His guest is composer Joby Talbot, whose credits include The League of Gentlemen and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

20050704

Legends.

Frank Loesser

Edward Seckerson celebrates the legacy of the great Broadway composer with his widow, the singer Jo Sullivan, including music from The Most Happy Fella, Guys and Dolls, Greenwillow, Where's Charley and Hans Christian Andersen

20050711

Hopeless sentimentalist or the greatest Broadway lyricist of them all? Edward Seckerson presents a centenary celebration of the life of Oscar Hammerstein, including songs from Rose Marie, Desert Song, Show Boat, Roberta, Oklahoma!, Allegro and Carousel.

20050725

Another chance to hear Chita Rivera comparing notes with Edward Seckerson on a 50-year career which has included creating the role of Anita for the first production of West Side Story, plus leading roles in Chicago, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Nine.

20050801

Tommy Pearson profiles one of the most influential of all film composers, Jerry Goldsmith, who died last year.

Includes tributes from friends and colleagues, and music from his most famous scores such as Planet of the Apes, The Omen and Star Trek the Motion Picture.

20050808

Edward Seckerson's tribute to Jule Styne, who wrote a staggering 1500 songs over a seven-decade career.

Including some of his early successes with Sammy Cahn (Three Coins in a Fountain) and with Comden and Green (Bells Are Ringing).

Plus the Styne/Sondheim/Laurents masterpiece 'Gypsy'.

20050815

Another chance to hear Edward Seckerson's Jule Styne retrospective, looking at the classic Funny Girl and Hallelujah Baby! As well as less well-known shows Darling of the Day and Bar Mitzvah Boy.

20050822

Alfred Newman

Tommy Pearson pays tribute to one of the fathers of modern film music, who as head of music at 20th Century Fox composed classic scores and nurtured a whole generation of composers, from Bernard Herrmann and John Williams to his sons David and Thomas, and his nephew Randy.

20050829

Edward Seckerson compares notes with the dazzling Romanian-born soprano Angela Gheorghiu.

Music includes Verdi's La Traviata, Puccini's La Rondine and Gounod's Romeo et Juliette.

20050905

Edward Seckerson in conversation with Broadway star Barbara Cook, about a career that has included roles in Candide and The Music Man, as well as late success in cabaret.

20050912

Tommy Pearson is in conversation with composer Gabriel Yared.

Best known now for his many collaborations with director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, The Talented Mr Ripley, Cold Mountain), his long and varied career has included work with French pop sensation Johnny Hallyday, legendary arthouse director Jean-Luc Godard, the score for erotic 80s classic Betty Blue, and being spectacularly fired from the epic Troy after working on it for a year.

20050919

The 1950s was the age of blondes - Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak all had their admirers.

But Doris Day was the woman that every guy wanted to marry.

Edward Seckerson celebrates one of the great singing actresses - with performances from Calamity Jane and The Pyjama Game, plus the iconic Que Sera Sera.

20050926

Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood and Deborah Kerr all had one thing in common - the voice of Marni Nixon, queen of Hollywood's dubbing singers.

Hear how she secretly starred in the films of My Fair Lady, The King and I and West Side Story.

Presented by Edward Seckerson

20051017

Legends: Tommy Steele

Later this month, Tommy Steele returns to London's West End in Scrooge, Lesley Bricusse's musical adaptation of the Dickens Christmas classic.

Edward Seckerson talks to him about a 50-year career which has included Cinderella, Finian's Rainbow, Singin' in the Rain, Hans Andersen and the evergreen Half a Sixpence.

20051024

French Connections

Edward Seckerson explores four shows which share French ancestry, including Ezio Pinza in Fanny and Angela Lansbury in Dear World and Carnival - Merrill and Stewart's reworking of the 1953 Hollywood film, Lili.

Plus, Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein's legendary flop The Baker's Wife.

20051031

Edward Seckerson reviews the current crop of new musicals on Broadway, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot and Spelling Bee.

Plus, Adam Guettel's acclaimed new show, The Light in the Piazza.

20051107

Edward Seckerson is joined by writer Ian Johnson to celebrate William Alwyn's centenary with a look at some of his 200 film scores, including Odd Man Out and Desert Victory.

20051114

Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera's Musical Director, talks to Edward Seckerson about the role of the conductor and about Placido Domingo.

Includes music from La Boheme, Tosca and Tristan und Isolde.

20051128

Edward Seckerson talks to the much admired New York-based composer Alan Menkin, whose prolific work in both musical theatre and film over the past 20 years has won him countless top awards.

1/2.

Ed explores some of the early musicals - God Bless Mr Rosewater, Little Shop of Horrors and Weird Romance, as well as Menkin's film and stage show versions of The Little Mermaid.

20051205

2/2.

Edward Seckerson talks to the award winning film and musicals composer Alan Menken about some of his more recent collaborations, including scores for the hugely successful Disney animations of Pocahontas, Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

20051212

Edward Seckerson introduces the classic film scores of Alex North, from Spartacus and A Streetcar Named Desire to the music that never was, for Kubrick's 2001.

20051226

Legends - Judy Garland

Edward Seckerson presents a holiday tribute to the great Hollywood star, including songs from Girl Crazy, The Harvey Girls, Easter Parade and Meet Me in St Louis.

Plus highlights from Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall concert in 1961.

20060102

The Merry Widow
Lehar's most famous creation celebrates her 100th birthday. Edward Seckerson cracks open the champagne with tenor Nigel Douglas and offers you a VIP invitation. With entertainment from Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Eberhard Wächter, Nikolai Gedda, Johannes Heesters and Elizabeth Harwood.

20060109

Dance Fever: Edward Seckerson delves into the modern Broadway era of the 70s dance scene with songs from Ballroom, Steel Pier and of course, Saturday Night Fever.

20060123

Edward Seckerson introduces film scores by Miklos Rozsa.

20060130

The Immigrant: Ed Seckerson looks at the plight of the immigrant through the musicals Rags, The Immigrant, Ragtime and Fiddler on the Roof. He discovers that one thing unites them all - tradition.

20060206

Edward Seckerson showcases the work of two young British composers, Jason Carr and Conor Mitchell. Including specially recorded performances of songs from Mitchell's version of the Sweeney Todd story and Carr's acclaimed musical based on the life of photographer Lee Miller.

20060213

Legends: Andrew Lloyd Webber. 1/2. Edward Seckerson celebrates The Phantom of the Opera's recent achievement in replacing Cats as the longest running musical in Broadway history.

20060220

Legends: Andrew Lloyd Webber
The second part of a retrospective with the composer in conversation with Edward Seckerson. Including music from The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love and Woman in White.

20060306

Edward Seckerson profiles Broadway's most reclusive composer-lyricist, William Finn, author of the cult hit Falsettos and the bizarrely funny autobiographical show A New Brain.

20060313

Edward Seckerson and producer Bill Lloyd introduce musical theatre gems requested by listeners. Including Maria Friedman in a special performance of Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof.

20060320

There's No Business like Irving Berlin
1/2. Edward Seckerson's profile of the legendary songwriter about whom Jerome Kern observed: "Irving has no place in American music. He is American music." Including God Bless America, Everybody's Doing It and Blue Skies.

20060327

There's No Business Like Irving Berlin
2/2. Edward Seckerson continues his tribute to the King of Tin Pan Alley.
Including Ella Fitzgerald in Top Hat; Follow the Fleet with Fred and Ginger, and Judy Garland as Hannah Brown in Easter Parade. Plus White Christmas with Bing Crosby

20060403

Edward Seckerson presents a centenary tribute to the composer of Half a Sixpence and Charlie Girl, David Heneker. Including music from Irma la Douce and Expresso Bongo.

20060410

Edward Seckerson talks to Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, recorded in front of a live audience at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

20060529

Edward Seckerson meets Judy Kuhn, the Broadway star of Rags, Les Miserables and Chess, whose singing will be better known to millions through the voice of Disney's Pocahontas.

20060612

Edward Seckerson meets Brian Stokes Mitchell, star of Ragtime, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Man of La Mancha, and Tony Award winner in 2000 for the acclaimed Michael Blakemore revival of Kiss Me Kate.

20060619

Edward Seckerson visits Ghostlight Records in New York, rapidly becoming one of the major labels for Broadway cast albums. Including numbers from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hair, Spelling Bee and a preview of Patti LuPone's new solo album.

20060626

Since 1964, Covent Garden audiences have been treated to Tosca in a Franco Zeffirelli production originally mounted for Maria Callas. Now Angela Gheorghiu sings the role of Puccini's diva in a new take on the piece by director Jonathan Kent. Edward Seckerson discusses this new production with its creators and celebrates some of the great Royal Opera House performances the work has generated over the years.

20060703

Robert Ziegler explores the work of one of Hollywood's most prolific and influential composers, Michel Legrand.

Including music from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Ice Station Zebra and The Go-Between.

20060703

Robert Ziegler explores the work of one of Hollywood's most prolific and influential composers, Michel Legrand.

Including music from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Ice Station Zebra and The Go-Between.

20060710

When Adam Guettel's new musical version of The Light in the Piazza opened at the Lincoln Center in April last year, few people thought it would last beyond its original booked run. In fact it became a sleeper hit, thanks to phenomenal word-of-mouth and the remarkable performance of Victoria Clark in the role of Margaret Johnston.
Edward Seckerson hears how this chamber musical by Richard Rodgers' grandson won Victoria Clark a 2005 Tony Award and the part of a lifetime.

20060717

Reprise
A short season of this year's most-requested programmes. Kicking off with another chance to hear Edward Seckerson's centenary celebration of Lehar's The Merry Widow in conversation with tenor Nigel Douglas.
Plus music from Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Eberhard Wächter, Nikolai Gedda, Johannes Heesters, Elizabeth Harwood and the original cast of 1905.

20060731

2/2. Sondheim at 75: Edward Seckerson's birthday tribute to Sondheim. Including music from Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park.

20060828

Edward Seckerson talks to Broadway and Hollywood star Julie Andrews about a career that has ranged from childhood performance of opera in Vaudeville to The Sound of Music.

20060911

Edward Seckerson talks to conductor and film historian John Wilson about the golden age of Hollywood film scores. Including music from High Society, Mutiny on the Bounty and Ziegfeld Follies.

20061016

Robert Ziegler talks to the series composer of The Simpsons, Alf Clausen, about one of the most prolific cultural projects in contemporary TV.

20061030

As part of the Royal Opera House's continuing In Conversation series, Edward Seckerson talks to the great bass-baritone Sir John Tomlinson about some of the more recent roles in his long and distinguished career.

20061218

Edward Seckerson reports from New York on the latest crop of Broadway musicals.
Including music from Disney's Tarzan, Tony Award?winning The Drowsy Chaperone, a Frankie Valli tribute show called Jersey Boys and a new production of A Chorus Line.

A Walk On The Wild20040405

Side Edward Seckerson explores musical theatre that is street-wise or even on the streets.

Including an ode to attention-seeking from Boy George's Taboo, the Parisian underworld in Irma la Douce and Lionel Bart's outrageous interior designer in Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be.

Adam Guettel20031110

The grandson of Richard Rodgers and one of America's most gifted young composers in his own right. Adam Guettel introduces music from Floyd Collins, Myths and Hymns and his new musical, The Light in the Piazza, which has just been premiered in Seattle.

Blarney On Broadway20061023

Edward Seckerson explores three musicals whose roots are in Ireland - Finian's Rainbow, Marc Blitzstein's Juno and A Man of No Importance by Flaherty and Ahrens.

Broadway Round-up20060605

Edward Seckerson dips into the current crop of Broadway shows, including Harry Connick Jr getting rave reviews for The Pajama Game. He also looks at musical versions of The House of Bernarda Alba and The Color Purple, plus John Doyle's amazing British production of Sweeney Todd - in which the cast also play all the orchestral parts.

Carl Davis20061113

Robert Ziegler explores the work of the prolific composer and arranger who is 70 this autumn, including his score for the great Abel Gance classic Napoleon, music from his partnership with Paul Mccartney on Liverpool Oratorio and an anti-hunting work with Carla Lane called The Town Fox.

Classic Mgm Soundtracks20060227

Edward Seckerson talks to conductor and film historian John Wilson about the golden age of Hollywood film scores. Including music from High Society, Mutiny on the Bounty, Ziegfeld Follies and the intriguing overture to The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Emmerich Kalman20070108

Edward Seckerson talks to tenor and director Nigel Douglas about the music of one of the greatest operetta composers. Hungarian-born Kalman, whose works include The Gypsy Princess and Countess Maritza, tried to bring jazz to Vienna in 1928 with The Duchess of Chicago.

Flaherty And Ahrens20060515

Edward Seckerson profiles the award-winning composer/lyricist team responsible for Once on this Island and Ragtime, seen by many as the most important Broadway musical in the last quarter century.

He hears how their partnership blossomed at the Lehmann Engel BMI workshops with a musical comedy based on The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo called Lucky Stiff.

Gone But Not Forgotten20070129

Edward Seckerson revisits a clutch of old favourites which deserve revival but are actually in danger of Broadway oblivion.
Including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the quirky The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Lucy Simon's version of A Secret Garden and Cy Coleman/Comden and Green's railway musical On the Twentieth Century.

Into The Woods20070115

Edward Seckerson explores musicals which seem on the surface to be meant for children. But there is nothing innocent about Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Plus music from Stiles and Drewe's sinister Just So and some recently discovered Bernstein songs for Peter Pan

Jeanine Tesori20061204

Edward Seckerson meets Jeanine Tesori, composer of the current National Theatre hit Caroline, or Change. Her other credits include, Shrek, Lilo and Stitch, and new songs for Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Jerry Herman20060508

With his little known masterpiece Mack and Mabel currently playing in London's West End after a successful UK tour, Edward Seckerson talks to the veteran Broadway composer about why this show was originally a flop.
Plus, reminiscences and songs from three shows which definitely were not - Hello Dolly, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles.

Juan Diego Florez20070122

Edward Seckerson meets the remarkable bel canto tenor live on stage at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The programme includes music from Gianni Schicchi, La Fille du Regiment, The Barber of Seville and some Peruvian songs.

Julian Slade (1930 - 2006)20060807

Julian Slade, who died in June, and Sandy Wilson dominated the British musicals scene in the 1950s and 60s with works such as Salad Days and The Boyfriend.

In this repeated conversation with Edward Seckerson they reflect on the highlights of a golden era.

Kenneth Alwyn20051121

Edward Seckerson introduces an 80th birthday celebration of one of the great British musical directors.

Alwyn's career has encompassed many of the highlights of post war British musical theatre, including The Crooked Mile, Half a Sixpence, Charlie Girl, Carmen Jones and David Heneker's forgotten masterpiece, Jorrocks.

Michael Ball At The Menier20061120

Edward Seckerson talks to Aspects of Love star Michael Ball onstage at the Menier Chocolate Factory theatre in Bermondsey, London. Including music from Les Miserables, Sondheim's Passion and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Michael John Lachiusa20061009

Edward Seckerson explores the work of Michael John LaChiusa, the prolific composer of Marie Christine and Little Fish. LaChiusa is one of the few Broadway writers to straddle the worlds of musical theatre and contemporary opera.

Nino Rota20061211

Robert Ziegler explores the work of the great Italian composer who collaborated with Fellini and Visconti on a host of films including The Leopard, La Dolce Vita and La Strada. His success in Europe led to an invitation to score The Godfather in Hollywood.

Renee Fleming20051010

Edward Seckerson in conversation with the great American soprano, recorded in front of an audience at the Royal Opera House.

Music includes arias from The Marriage of Figaro, Manon and Rusalka, and Fleming's version of a Joni Mitchell song.

Renee Fleming20060904

Edward Seckerson in conversation with the great American soprano Renee Fleming, recorded in front of a live audience at the Royal Opera House. Music includes arias from The Marriage of Figaro, Manon and Rusalka, plus Fleming's version of a Joni Mitchell song.

Robert Russell Bennett20051003

A celebration of the work of the great Broadway orchestrator.

Edward Seckerson, in conversation with conductor David Charles Abell , introduces music specially recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra - including suites from Brigadoon and South Pacific, an elaborate version of Easter Parade and a Robert Russell Bennett original.

Sir Charles Mackerras At 8020060116

Edward Seckerson talks to Sir Charles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, about his life in opera.

So Little Time20060522

Edward Seckerson explores the parallels between the work of Jerry Ross and Jonathan Larson.

Ross who, with Richard Adler, had two back-to-back hits in the 1950s with Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, died suddenly aged 29.

Larson, whose Broadway debut, Rent, has now clocked up 10 years, died aged 35, the morning of the day Rent opened.

Sondheim At 752005032820060724

Another chance to hear Edward Seckerson presenting a two-part birthday tribute. Including music from Saturday Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Evening Primrose, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music and Sondheim himself performing in Anyone Can Whistle.

Edward Seckerson presents a two-part birthday tribute.

Including music from Saturday Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Evening Primrose, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music and Sondheim himself performing in Anyone Can Whistle.

The Lane20041101

Edward Seckerson celebrates the history of the oldest theatre in London, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Including music from Balfe, Wagner, Lehar, Novello, Rodgers and Hammerstein and the soon-to-open Mel Brooks hit The Producers.

The Woman In White: Maria Friedman20040920

This month Andrew Lloyd Webber's first musical for three years opens in London, an adaptation of Wilkie Collins' classic Victorian melodrama The Woman in White.

Edward Seckerson talks to its star, Maria Friedman, and hears performances from a career which has already encompassed Chicago, Ragtime and much of Sondheim.

She also gives an exclusive preview of music from the new show, accompanied by Simon Lee.

There's No Business Like Irving Berlin - 120031215

Another chance to hear Edward Seckerson's two part profile of the legendary songwriter about whom Jerome Kern observed: "Irving has no place in American music.

He is American music." Including God Bless America, Everybody's Doing It and Blue Skies.

Wicked20061002

An exclusive interview with Stephen Schwartz as his Broadway smash hit based on The Wizard of Oz arrives in London. Including songs from the New York Cast recording and piano illustrations from the composer.

LASTThe Perfect Take-home Song20070205

For this final edition of the programme, Edward Seckerson and Bill Lloyd introduce a selection of listeners' suggestions. Including Teresa Stratos in Bill, What's the Use of Wond'rin with Barbara Cook and Bernstein's Some Other Time.