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Big Night of Musicals back in February 2023 – BBC to broadcast

Massive free arena event The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals is coming back next month.

Funded by the National Lottery, the show will play Manchester’s AO Arena on 27 February 2023 at 7.30pm.

The BBC is also set to broadcast the event on BBC One and BBC Radio 2 this Spring – the date and time to be announced.

Tickets are free – and can be secured from 10am tomorrow, 26 January 2023 – see below for the booking link. There is a £2 booking fee per ticket, and the 12,000 tickets will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

The full line-up is to be announced, but 13 musicals will perform at the show, including We Will Rock You, Disney’s Newsies, Wicked, Matilda The Musical, SIX the MusicalAin’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, and The King and I.

Special guest stars at the event will include Michael Ball, who will sing from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love – which he is starring in at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End from 12 May.

The host for the night will once again be actor and comedian Jason Manford.

Last year the show also aired on BBC One – but there’s no news yet on if the 2023 event will be televised.

Host Jason Manford said in a press statement: ‘I’m thrilled to be back hosting The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals for another year! It was incredible to see so many amazing shows under one roof last year and with 13 completely different shows set to perform this year, it’s guaranteed to be another cracker of a night!”

Helen Thomas, Head of BBC Radio 2 said: “The Radio 2 listeners love musicals and the stars who light up the stage with their amazing performances, so we’re delighted to be broadcasting Big Night Of Musicals again this year and going behind the scenes to bring all the gossip from backstage!”

The event is held to thank National Lottery players for the support they have given to tens of thousands of arts projects and over 2000 theatres during the pandemic.

UPDATED: Originally published 25 January 2023

The National Lottery's Big Night of Musicals

📷 Main photo: Big Night of Musicals on BBC One in 2022

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