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Musicals! – In the BFI Southbank Mediatheque

Jazz hands at the ready: this major new collection pulls out all the stops with a troupe of 80 TV documentaries and other exclusive treats celebrating musicals of stage and screen.

Image from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

From 15 October, BFI Southbank Mediatheque – FREE

Among the musical delights in store, you can enjoy West End performances of Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar and Gypsy, and go behind the scenes on productions of Company, Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon and Oklahoma! Discover how Evita and Les Miserables were adapted for cinema, and Absolute Beginners transposed from book to big screen. Get the inside story with profiles of star choreographers, lyricists, composers and performers including Bob Fosse, Stephen Sondheim, Lionel Bart, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elaine Paige and Liza Minnelli. And 50 years after Judy Garland's tragic death, we go In Search of Oz.

10 to try

Company (1972)
The cast of hit Broadway musical are filmed at a studio in New York recording an album with the musical’s lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Aquarius (1973)
Edition of the arts programme featuring a report on the film set of Cabaret with Liza Minnelli.

Song by Song by British Lyricists (1980)
Programme of songs by great British lyricists such as Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley, Sandy Wilson, Lional Bart and Tim Rice.

Bob Fosse (1981)
The legendary film choreographer and director discusses his life and career for the South Bank Show.

The Heat is on - The Making of Miss Saigon (1989)
Documentary, filmed over a year, about the making of the award-winning stage musical.

Cabaret (1994)
Sam Mendes’ stage production of the classic musical recorded during a performance at London’s Donmar Warehouse, starring Alan Cumming (Emcee) and Jane Horrocks (Sally Bowles).

Elaine Paige Special (1996)
South Bank Show special about the actress and singer Elaine Page, travelling with her to Argentina, Paris and Los Angeles, and discussing the roles of Eva Peron, Edith Piaf and Norma Desmond.

The Spice Girls’ Story: Viva Forever! (2012)
Documentary about the Spice Girls and the background to the musical celebrating the group, written by Jennifer Saunders.

Bollywood Carmen Live (2013)
Live from Bradford’s City Park a musical spectacular inspired by Bizet’s opera, combining Bollywood classics and western pop along with the original score.

Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre (2015)
Revisit Imelda Staunton’s epic run in the stage musical, from the story by Arthur Laurents loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.

Find out more about BFI Southbank Mediatheque. Admission is free!


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