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Rodgers & Hammerstein 'Friday Night is Music Night' on BBC Radio 2 Friday 18 December

From the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Anneka Rice and Michael Praed host a special 'Friday Night Is Music Night' for Christmas - 'Oh What A Beautiful Evening' - featuring the songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The programme is to air on Friday 18 December at 8pm and will be available on-demand shortly after.

The star studded cast includes Emma Williams, Tam Mutu, Clare Teal, John Owen-Jones, Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser and Ron Raines, together with the seventy piece BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Larry Blank, Capital Voices and a fifty voice chorus from the Arts Educational School. This special programme celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of film version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC with songs from a number of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musicals as well, including CAROUSEL, THE KING AND I, OKLAHOMA! and SOUTH PACIFIC.

This glittering evening includes much loved songs such as ‘I Have Confidence', 'Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'', 'The Surrey With the Fringe on Top', 'My Favorite Things', 'I Have Dreamed', 'There Is Nothing Like A Dame', 'Oklahoma', 'If I Loved You', 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain'. Our own Bert Fink, along with Really Useful Theatre historian Mark Fox, are interviewed for a special Interval segment about R&H and their long association with the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

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