If you happened to be watching the final of Britain's Got Talent last Saturday, you would have been lucky enough to see a fantastic mash-up of classics songs as part of a campagin for the reopening of theatres.
The 11-minute mash-up saws 60 performers from productions of Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables after seven months of total theatre shutdown. Opening with a rendition of Mary Poppins' Step in Time, the sequence then phased into The Phantom of the Opera's titular number before ending with a moving performance of One Day More. The act was also joined by stage legends, Michael Ball, Matt Lucas and Carrie Hope Fletcher.
Speaking to hosts Ant and Dec after the performance, musical producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh had this to say:
“I can’t tell you how emotional this is for me and for all of us, I cannot believe that these performers and great friends of mine have not performed before tonight for seven months, it is extraordinary,” he said.
Speaking to Ant and Dec, he continued: “You two are extraordinary because you’ve opened the Chancellor’s handbag tonight – I think if you’re so inspirational to the Chancellor, this company and what they’re doing tonight, showing the county what they’re missing, let’s hope this is inspirational to the government to reopen our theatres by next Spring.”
West End star Michael Ball also took the opportunity to annouce that the cast of Les Miserables would be reuniting for a concert edition of the musical in December.
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