Big Night of Musicals 2024: Prepare your jazz hands as the curtain rises for the return of BBC1’s jaw-dropping extravaganza, The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals 2024. The casts of some of the most popular West End and touring theatrical productions in the UK join together for one night only at the AO Arena Manchester for the National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals, an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular.
What time is TV airing The Big Night of Musicals 2024?
On Monday, January 22, in front of a crowded crowd in Manchester’s AO Arena, the National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals is being taped. On Saturday, January 27, it will air on BBC1.
In addition, a special show on BBC Radio 2 including interviews with the stars participating on the night and rare backstage access will air during the performances.
Big Night of Musicals 2024 Host
Jason Manford, an actor, singer, and comedian, is our evening’s compere for the third year in a row.
Jason made his own West End debut in 2012 as the Italian barber Pirelli in Sweeney Todd. Since then, he has established himself as a true musical theatre star, appearing in hit shows like The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium last year. As such, he is the ideal host for this extravagant musical.
“I’m thrilled to be hosting The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals once again,” Jason adds. We have another incredible lineup of chart-topping performances for the Manchester Arena patrons to enjoy. And the best part about this performance is that there are no admission fees!”
Will there be special guests?
Beverley Knight, star of Bodyguard, Sister Act, and Drifters Girl, who served as another judge alongside Jason on the ITV talent competition Starstruck, is joining Jason this year. The legendary British soul singer will surprise select National Lottery winners in addition to performing one of her greatest hits that evening.
Beverley said, “I’m thrilled to be returning to be a part of this amazing event. The actors and many others who work in both big and small theatres and contribute to what makes a night at the theatre so memorable depend heavily on the assistance that National Lottery players provide to the theatrical sector. I’m excited to watch this incredible group of musicians in Manchester perform beloved songs.”
Beverley will play Deloris van Cartier once more in the rerun of Sister Act, which opens on March 15, 2024, at the Dominion Theatre in the West End.
What kinds of performances are we likely to see?
The casts of Hamilton, Disney’s Aladdin, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mrs Doubtfire, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, A Chorus Line, and Moulin Rouge will be taking the stage for an array of thunderous chorus numbers, breathtaking ballads, and toe-tapping delights! Guys and Dolls, Hadestown, Grease, and The Musical.
Jason and the group appear to be practicing a major opening performance that will begin the show. While specifics are being kept under wraps, Jason recently dropped hints, saying, “I think the crowd will go off limits because everyone’s evolved!
What role does the National Lottery play?
The National Lottery organises the event as a way of saying “thank you” to Lottery players who have contributed to over 750 theater-related initiatives throughout the UK over the last year.
Does The Big Night of Musicals 2024 have a trailer?
The event has not yet been shot, therefore there isn’t a video for 2024, but to pique your interest, here is the BBC’s official trailer from the previous year.