|20180330||Michael Ball celebrates the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber as he explores the BBC archive.|
Michael Ball celebrates the music and career of Andrew Lloyd Webber as he explores the BBC's archive. Featuring a collection of unique performances from a stellar cast that includes Elaine Paige, Petula Clark, Tom Jones, Lon Satton, Sarah Brightman and Marti Webb performing a collection of classic songs from a long list of hit musicals. Now spanning 5 decades these include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. As well as the music Michael also features a number of rarely heard interviews with Andrew Lloyd Webber dating from the 1970's to the present day. These include his 1976 meeting with Joan Bakewell and his father, the composer William Lloyd Webber for the series Generation to Generation, appearances on Oscar Peterson Invites, Parkinson, Songs of Praise and Desert Island Discs, plus a look back at how the BBC's news programmes have covered the biggest events of his career. These include his purchase of London's Palace Theatre, the 1986 flotation of The Really Useful Group on the stock market and the first performance of his Requiem in New York, all the way through to TV talent shows such as Any Dream Will Do and his involvement with Britain's entry for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.