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First look at Big Night of Musicals 2024

Big Night Of Musicals preview

The Big Night of Musicals by the National Lottery, a grand celebration of musical theatre, returns on TV this evening.

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Hosted by Jason Manford, this live concert will showcase a medley of captivating performances from some of the UK’s most beloved musicals.

Jason Manford enthused: “I’m thrilled to be hosting The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals once again. We’ve got another amazing line-up of smash hit shows for the Manchester Arena audience to enjoy. And the best thing about this show is that the tickets are free.”

Donal Finn in Hadestown
Donal Finn in Hadestown
Georgina Onuorah in The Wizard Of Oz
Georgina Onuorah in The Wizard Of Oz
Killian Donnelly, Milan van Waardenburg, Peter Joback, and Alfie Boe in Les Mis
Killian Donnelly, Milan van Waardenburg, Peter Joback, and Alfie Boe in Les Mis
Jon Robyns and Lily Kerhaos in Phantom Of The Opera
Jon Robyns and Lily Kerhaos in Phantom Of The Opera

2024’s Star-Studded Line-Up

The line-up for the 2024 concert includes a range of spectacular shows such as Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, A Chorus Line, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, the new tour of Grease, Hadestown and Guys & Dolls.

Joining these are iconic performances from Hamilton, Disney’s Aladdin, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Dom Simpson and Tanisha Spring in Moulin Rouge The Musical
Dom Simpson and Tanisha Spring in Moulin Rouge The Musical
Yeukayi Ushe in Disney's Aladdin
Yeukayi Ushe in Disney’s Aladdin
Ivano Turco in Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Ivano Turco in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Olivia Moore and Dan Patridge in Grease
Olivia Moore and Dan Patridge in Grease

Adding to the excitement, West End star Beverley Knight is set to make a special guest appearance. More shows and performances are expected to be announced as the event draws nearer.

Watching on TV

The concert is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday, 27 January at 7:50PM.

Jason Manford and Nicole Scherzinger
Jason Manford and Nicole Scherzinger
Beverley Knight
Beverley Knight
A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
Cameron Blakely and Marcus Collins in Mrs. Doubtfire
Cameron Blakely and Marcus Collins in Mrs. Doubtfire

Additionally, the show will be available for online viewing on BBC iPlayer and can be listened to on BBC Sounds, with highlights featured on BBC Radio 2.

Filming took place earlier this week at the AO Arena in Manchester in front of thousands of musical theatre fans.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.