BBC Proms 2011

Prom 59 - Hooray for Hollywood

Radio Times
Review by:
Patrick Mulkern

Dynamic conductor John Wilson is hooked on reviving scores from classic film musicals, and they always make for terrific, uplifting concerts. This Prom from August 2011 mines Hollywood musicals from the early days of sound in the 1930s to the end of the golden age in the late 60s.

Highlights include 42nd Street, a Fred and Ginger medley, Judy Garland’s 1954 comeback A Star Is Born and a smattering of numbers from Mary Poppins and Hello, Dolly! 

Among vocalists from the spheres of opera, big band and jazz, perhaps the most fun is Caroline O’Connor who releases her inner Ethel Merman in the gob-smacking encores. 

About this programme

John Wilson and His Orchestra are joined by soloists to celebrate the golden age of Hollywood musicals, from the earliest days through to the 1960s. Including excerpts from 42nd Street, Top Hat, Strike Up the Band, Swing Time and Shall We Dance, plus a tribute to the RKO films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Cast and crew


Jonathan Haswell
Julie Heptonstall