The shows will feature performances from such current West End musicals as Billy Elliot, Guys and Dolls, Blood Brothers and Chicago as well as crowd favorites The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats and My Fair Lady. The programs, which will air in January 2006 over four consecutive Saturday nights, will be filmed at BBC-TV Centre in West London on Sept. 30, Oct. 2, Oct. 4 and Oct. 6.
John Barrowman recently reprised his role as Billy Crocker in the National Theatre's production of Anything Goes at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He originally played the role opposite Elaine Paige in 1989. On Broadway, the actor starred in the Stephen Sondheim revue Putting It Together and also made a guest appearance in the New York company of Sunset Boulevard, repeating his London role as Joe Gillis. Barrowman's other London theatrical credits include Grease!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Fix, Miss Saigon and Beauty and the Beast. He will make his London pantomime debut in a production of Cinderella this December and will be seen in the upcoming film of "The Producers."
Those wishing to attend the filmings can apply for tickets at the BBC website. Visit www.bbc.co.uk for more information.