The lockdown streaming schedule for Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s free-to-view YouTube Channel The Shows Must Go On will continue this Friday with a broadcast of the star-studded concert held at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1998 to celebrate the composer’s 50th birthday.
For 48 hours from 7pm this Friday 1 May 2020, fans can watch the show for free – more essential weekend viewing.
In this large-scale concert, recorded live on 7 April 1998, stars including Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas, Elaine Paige, Donny Osmond, Kiri Te Kanawa and Boyzone paid tribute to Lloyd Webber and his musicals.
Highlights include Glenn Close singing from Sunset Boulevard, Elaine Paige singing Memory from Cats, Sarah Brightman singing from The Phantom of the Opera, Donny Osmond singing from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Antonia Banderas singing from Evita (having appeared in the film version with Madonna) and Boyzone singing No Matter What from Whistle Down the Wind, a number one hit for the band at the height of their 1990s’ popularity.
The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel provides musical theatre lovers with a West End and Broadway experience in their own homes, online for free during the coronavirus crisis while theatres around the world are dark. Alongside the full-length shows, clips of famous performances and behind-the-scenes footage are uploaded regularly to the channel.
Previous screenings have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (starring Donny Osmond), Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies. Further productions are to be announced.