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Today’s pro­gramme traces the devel­op­ment of the musi­cal from the work of Gilbert & Sul­li­van through that of com­posers like Mon­ck­ton (The Arca­di­ans, which is in a way a bridge between G& S and what we now think of as a “musi­cal”) and Ger­man (and we include a 20-minute archive record­ing from the Dec­ca Ace of Clubs 1950s record­ing of extracts of his Mer­rie Eng­land) up to the present day Broad­way and West End block­busters.

Today’s pro­gramme is delib­er­ate­ly light on Great Amer­i­can Song­book mate­r­i­al — although of course these com­posers were key to the his­to­ry of the musi­cal, and they are by no means absent here — because we have a spe­cial pro­gramme ded­i­cat­ed to them that you can hear anoth­er time. Instead, we’ve focused on ear­li­er works, like Chu Chin Chow, Maid of the Moun­tains and White Horse Inn, and then a num­ber of more recent pro­duc­tions. In any event, we hope you’ll enjoy today’s pro­gramme and will know some of the songs to sing along.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. 

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